Canyoneering Route Description

Reef Ramble - 3(4)A IV R
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Quick Facts

05-19-18, 6 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 9.5 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required - 9 to 11 hours
Distance - 9.1 miles Total, 0.25 miles Technical (0.25 miles of technical is approximate as it is intermittent)
Rappels - 5 Rappels, Longest Rappel 110 feet.
Elevation Range - 6790 - 5075 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 20.7 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 110 feet and 50 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Sandtrap for mid route technical section and potshots just incase potholes scour out in the mid route pothole slot.

General Comments

Thanks to John Diener for the invite to join in this adventure. John had a working name of Reef Ramble set aside for this adventure. After completing the route we all felt the name was perfect for the route as it is a nice ramble through the reef with a little technical fun sprinkled in.

The rating of 3(4) is due to the route across the head to get to the main drainage.  It can be tricky and exposed.  The rest of the route is a 3.  The R is for the risk factor of crossing the ledge suystem.

Reef Ramble is a fun route for the adventurer who wants to see some remote portions of the reef, use rope to gain access to a drainage cutting through the reef and play in a some short sections of technical canyon while mostly enjoying a hike down through the reef.  The route is mostly hiking with a only a few short technical sections. Those technical sections all add up to maybe about 0.25 miles.

One short technical section mid way through the route will require a sandtrap as you play through some deep potholes. A couple potshots should be on hand in case sand scours out of that section.  We found rope grooves in a few spots in this mid section and recent photos have been spotted on Instagram of a large pothole in this middle section.  It is assumed that some people take the time to make the long hike up from Notom Road to do this short section of technical canyon.  Not sure of the history or the name others refer to this section as.

GGaining access to the main drainage that cuts all the way through the reef involves crossing around the head of a deep canyon and walking a ledge to get to the target drainage. It is recommended a rope used to set a belay for everyone crossing the head of the deep canyon as it is exposed over tall vertical wall. Once across the belayed portion you will need to scramble up to a small tree, set an anchor and rappel down into the head of the canyon where you can then scramble up about 20 feet to get to a ledge. Walking the ledge and scrambling up sloped rock outcroppings allows access to gentle slopes leading down into the target drainage. This portion of the route is not well suited for the casual hiker or canyoneer as it is exposed and extra caution should be exercised.  Gaining access to the main canyon is not for the faint of heart or those not comfortable with easy but very exposed climbing. 

The longest rap on the route is 110 feet and is the rappel done to gain access to the top of the main drainage cutting all the way through the reef.  The other 4 rappels are 60 feet and under.  If you decide to start from the bottom near otom Road and go to do only the mid route technical section you would only need ropes for 60 foot rappels.

An exit vehicle is first set on a short dirt road off of the Notom Road before driving up to begin the route from the Golden Throne trail head at the end of Capitol Gorge road.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

Start from the turn off of highway 24 to the Capitol Reef Visitor Center.   This is about 9.7 miles north on highway 24 from the town of Torrey, Utah, which is at the junction of highways 12 and 24.  

From the turn off to the Capitol Reef Visitor Center (vCapReefVisit) follow the Scenic Drive road about 3.4 miles southeast to the turn off for Grand Wash (extGrandWash).

Continue about 4.5 miles south on the scenic drive for about 4.5 miles to the turn off for Capitol Gorge (exCapGorgeRd).

Turn left and follow the Capitol gorge road (now a dirt road) about 2.3 miles to the end at the Golden Throne trailhead (pkCapGorge2).

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

From the junction of highway 24 and the Notom Road (exNotom-hwy24) drive south on Notom road for 1.5 miles to the turn off to BLMroad 0851 (exBlmRd0851).

Turn right onto BLM road 0851 and follow it south as it kind of parallels the Notom Road.

After about 0.5 miles the road will get rough where only 4x4 vehicles can continue.  Park here (pkReefRambleBt).

Maps - - - - GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom of this route description.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

Map Link Icon
Click the links for maps of the route.
Overview of the route and the drive.
Map of the entire route.
Zoomed in map 1 of route.
Zoomed in map 2 of route.
Zoomed in map 3 of route.
Zoomed in map 4 of route.
Super Zoomed Map of the mid route technical section.
The super zoomed map is of the section where we found
rope grooves and pictures on Instagram of the area.
not sure of the history or name others have given this section.

Details

The Approach:
From the parking spot (pkCapGorge2) Walk to the northeast end of the parking area and start walking up the Golden Throne trail.

About 0.4 miles farther the trail crosses over a drainage (GoldenThro-01).

About 0.3 miles farther the trail crosses over another drainage (GoldenThro-02).

About 0.4 miles farther the trail crosses over a drainage then goes up a couple switch backs up the other (west) side (GoldenThro-03).

About 0.4 miles farther the trail passes over sections of slickrock where cairns may sometimes be found to keep you on track (GoldenThro-04).

About 0.3 miles farther is a junction in the trail (GoldenThro-05).  To continue on the Reef Ramble route veer right and follow well worn use trails along the rim of a drainage.

Note:
To follow the official Golden Throne trail to the view point at it's end (GoldenThro-06), veer left and walk 200 feet up to the southwest to a view point on a knoll.

About 400 feet north from the junction the trail jogs left then right (ReefRmbl01) passing though a minor drainage with vegetation. Work through the vegetation and follow use trails continuing north.

About 0.3 miles farther the use trails fade away (ReefRmbl02) as the route drops into then follows north up a drainage.

About 800 feet up the drainage is a confluence (ReefRmbl03) where a minor drainage joins in from the left (west) and the main drainage continues up to the north into deep canyon. Walk and scramble up the steep slope northwest up between the drainages. The terrain is steep and has sections of light scrambling for about 0.3 miles to the top of the slope and more level ground.

At the top of the slope (ReefRmbl04) up out of the drainage, veer right and walk north about 700 feet over to a ravine on the left (west) side of a tall sandstone peak.

From the base of a ravine (ReefRmbl05) running up the west side of a tall sandstone peak, follow north up the ravine for about 400 feet to just before it gets more steep and you can scramble out the right (east) side.

When you can leave the ravine (ReefRmbl06) before it gets more steep, scramble up the right (east) side up to a wide saddle.

From the wide saddle (ReefRmbl07) walk east over to where you can begin to see down into a couple of canyons to the east. The canyon you are trying to access runs down to the east but access to that canyon is blocked by the need to cross a much deeper canyon running south back toward the Golden Throne trail. Turn left and walk north contouring north along the base of a cliff wall.

About 350 feet north along the base of the cliff fall you will begin to see (ReefRmbl08) dirt and rock filled area and you can see the slopes leading northeast down toward the head of the large canyon on the right (east) then begin down the slopes toward the head of the canyon. Route finding down the steep slope will roughly follow along side a ravine running down to the head of the large canyon below.

Note:
You will now need to cross the head of the large canyon blocking access to the Reef Ramble drainage.  Doing so will involve an easy but very exposed traverse where belaying each other is a good idea.  This is not technical canyon but since this is the first place the route becomes difficult and ropes are a god idea, I thought this a good spot to call the head of the canyon / route.

Example Pic. Route to cross the head of the canyon blocking access to the main drainage that goes down through the Reef.

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
On the west side of the head of the deep canyon to cross (ReefRmbl09Blay), set an anchor from a tree and use rope to belay the first person over and up to large rock debris pile.  That first person can then sit and anchor the other end of the belay rope for those who follow. Scramble slash traverse about 80 feet over and up to the boulder debris with good features but very exposed over high vertical walls.

Note:
The goal is to gain access to a ledge on the other (east) side of the deep canyon that can be walked to get over to the head of the Reef Ramble drainage which runs down to the east. The ledge looks like it may not work out but it is much easier than it looks from here. The hard part is getting to the ledge which involves the traverse to boulder debris, a scramble up to a tree anchor used to rap into the head of the deep canyon and scramble up to the ledge.

From the boulder pile (ReefRmbl10Blay) scramble up and around the corner and up to a small tree. Depending on the route chosen this can be more scary than the roped traverse just finished.  The small tree will be the anchor for rap 1 on the route.

Rap 1 (dReefRmbleR1) anchored from a tree and use about 110 feet of rope to drop down into the ravine at the head of the deep canyon. Once down in the ravine scramble up about 20 feet to get to a wide ledge on the other (east) side. Walk that ledge south about 150 feet to a sloped rock outcropping along the ledge.

Easily scrambled up the rock outcropping (ReefRmbl11) to gentler slopes where you can then walk / scramble south down to the head of the Reef Ramble drainage which continues down to the east.

Note:
On our visit here 2018-05-19 there was a cairn between here and the head of the Reef Ramble drainage. We did not see other cairns to determine what the cairn was directing people to.

Once at the head of the Reef Ramble drainage (ReefRmbl20) walk northeast down canyon.

About 0.25 miles father is the upper end (ReefRmbl21) of 900 foot long narrow section with a short open spot mid way through. A few easy stem / bridges over small pools and a few easy 10 to 12 foot stem downclimbs.

About 800 feet farther the canyon opens up again (ReefRmbl22) after 900 foot long narrow section.

About 150 feet farther is a short slot (ReefRmbl23) with a couple potholes and a large shelf. Both are easily bypassed by going up and over on the RDC side then down a short ravine back into the main drainage. Interesting tall mushroom shaped rock in the LDC side ravine after the bypass.

About 400 feet farther are a couple of potholes (ReefRmbl24) easily bypassed on the RDC side.

About 100 feet farther is the top end (ReefRmbl25) of 100 foot long slot with some drops. Can be bypassed by going way up on the LDC side then walking steep slopes back to the canyon floor.  About 150 feet farther is the second rap on the route.

Rap 2 (dReefRmbleR2) anchored from the root of a small shrub and drops about 50 feet down steeply sloped slickrock. This drop could be downclimbed but would be sketchy and is much safer using a rope.

About 450 feet farther is the top (ReefRmbl26) of boulder debris with downclimb of about 20 feet to a long very wide pool to stem over. This section can be bypassed by scrambling up steep slopes on the RDC (east) side then walking a ramp system back to the canyon floor about 300 feet down canyon.

About 750 feet farther is the top end (ReefRmbl27) of 300 foot long slot that starts as wide trough then ends with a moderate stem over a long pool.

About 0.3 miles farther is a bypass (ReefRmbl28) of a ravine dropping in in on LDC side by walking wide slickrock ledge on the RDC side.

About 0.4 miles farther is a drop (ReefRmbl29) of about 30 feet bypassed by carefully traversing sloped slickrock on the LDC side then scrambling back to the wash below.

About 400 feet farther is a long pool (ReefRmbl30) that can be bypassed if desired by going up and over on the LDC side then scrambling steep slopes back to the wash below.

About 0.35 miles farther the wash begins to narrow (ReefRmbl31) and get pretty as it approaches a sharp right hand bend about 600 feet down canyon.

Note:
This is the start of the mid route technical section that we found rope grooves in and later found pictures of on instagram.  I do not know what other people have done this portion of the route or know what they may have named it.

About 700 feet farther is rap 3 on the route or rap 1 if you hike in from the bottom to enjoy this mid route technical section.

Rap 3 (dReefRmbleR3) anchored from a large rock on the LDC ledge and drops about 60 feet down beyond the first large pothole. At the bottom of the rap you are in the second pothole with an easy scramble up out of about 6 feet but could be deeper if sand scours out. A partner assistable drop of about 10 feet drops down into the 3rd pothole. From the 3rd pothole it is a 6 foot partner assist out to begin rap 4.

Note:
The first pothole bypassed by the LDC rap is about 12 feet deep and sand filled so it can be deeper.

Rap 4 (dReefRmbleR4) exits the deep slot portion of this section and is anchored using a sandtrap from the 3 pothole and drops about 55 feet down vertical wall to open wash below.

About 170 feet farther is the top (ReefRmbl32) of a moderately difficult crack downclimb of about 20 feet to bypass a shelf in the canyon. Continuing down canyon slowly becomes narrow going into wide V-slot narrows with easy galumphing.

A little over 200 feet down canyon of the down climb is rap 5.

Rap 5 (dReefRmbleR5) anchored from a small bush head high and about 25 feet back and drops about 25 feet down vertical wall.

About 200 feet Farther is a left hand bend (ReefRmbl33) in the canyon with a fin dividing the wash from a ravine in a way that makes it appear the canyon splits. Down canyon from here is a series of open and closed sections with short easy downclimbs and some easy galumphing for about 1000 feet to where it opens to wide wash again.

About 800 feet farther the canyon opens (ReefRmbl34) to wide wash after 1000 foot long section of easy downclimbs and galumphing.

1000 feet farther is a steep rubble filled ravine (ReefRmbl35) drops in from LDC and the canyon is getting more scenic with colorful red rock.

About 500 feet farther is a low angle rubble filled ravine (ReefRmbl36) drops in from LDC.

Note:
The walls on the LDC side just down canyon of here look like they can easily be scrambled up to the next higher ledge.

About 750 feet farther a large major drainage joins (ReefRmbl37) in from RDC.

About 0.4 miles farther is a shelf (ReefRmbl38) of about 30 feet tall where you can scramble down a weakness on the LDC side to dirt slopes to the floor below. The 1000 feet of wash just below this shelf is pretty as it cuts through a red and ledgy rock layer.

About 1000 feet farther the canyon opens up (ReefRmbl39) to wider wash after passing through a 1000 foot long section of pretty, red, ledgy rock layers.

About 1.2 miles farther you will begin to notice signs of a road traveling up the wash begin (ReefRmbl40) to show up and get more defined as you walk down the wash.

About 800 feet farther the wash crosses (ReefRmbl41) a park boundary sign and an open fence.

About 0.5 miles farther a large wash joins (ReefRmbl42) in from LDC.

About 800 feet farther leave wash (ReefRmbl43) and walk use trails and dirt road back to the exit car (pkReefRambleBt) about 350 feet away.

GPS Waypoint Information

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Elevations are approximate.  Waypoints with no elevation data will display NaN in place of the elevation.

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Reef Ramble (1) - Drive in to Trailhead
  1. vCapReefVisit          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.29111   W -111.26180        Elev: 5,208 Feet
    Capitol Reef Visitor Center.
  2. extGrandWash          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25622   W -111.23287        Elev: 5,580 Feet
    Exit off of the scenic drive to a dirt road into Grand Wash.
  3. exCapGorgeRd          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.20802   W -111.19523        Elev: NaN Feet
    Exit off of the Scenic Drive onto the Capitol Gorge road. Capitol Gorge Road goes off to the east and turns from dirt to pavement a little over 200 feet down the road just past a large parking area. Pleasant Creek Road continues south and also turns to dirt just past this exit.
  4. pkCapGorge2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.20960   W -111.16914        Elev: NaN Feet

Reef Ramble (2) - Drive in to set exit vehicle
  1. exNotom-hwy24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.28351   W -111.12851        Elev: NaN Feet

  2. exBlmRd0851          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.26332   W -111.12825        Elev: NaN Feet
    Exit off of Notom Road to dirt BLM road 0851. On some maps this is called the Back Road to Notom.
  3. pkReefRambleBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25706   W -111.12579        Elev: 5,075 Feet
    Park vehicle here for the exit of the Reef Ramble route. 4WD can drive farther into this road, drop into the wash and follow up the wash to set the exit vehicle farther up. Most vehicles will stop and park here.
Reef Ramble (3) - Approach
  1. pkCapGorge2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.20960   W -111.16914        Elev: NaN Feet

  2. tGoldenThrone          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.20961   W -111.16954        Elev: NaN Feet
    Golden Throne trailhead.
  3. GoldenThro-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21060   W -111.17363        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail crosses over a drainage.
  4. GoldenThro-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21134   W -111.17597        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail crosses over a drainage.
  5. GoldenThro-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21230   W -111.17945        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail crosses over a drainage then goes up a couple switch backs up the other (west) side.
  6. GoldenThro-04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21309   W -111.18280        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail passes over sections of slickrock where cairnsmay sometimes be found to keep you on track.
  7. GoldenThro-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21481   W -111.18673        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction in the trail. To follow the official Golden Throne trail to the view point at it's end, veer left and walk 200 feet up to the southwest to a view point on a knoll. To continue on the Reef Ramble route veer right and follow well worn use trails along the rim of a drainage.
  8. ReefRmbl01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21579   W -111.18672        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail jogs left then right passing though a minor drainage with vegetation. Work through the vegetation and follow use trails continuing north.
  9. ReefRmbl02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.21929   W -111.18910        Elev: NaN Feet
    Use trails fade away as route drops into then follows north up a drainage.
  10. ReefRmbl03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22111   W -111.19061        Elev: NaN Feet
    Confluence where a minor drainage joins in from the left (west) and the main drainage continues up to the north into deep canyon. Walk and scramble up the steep slope northwest up between the drainages. The terrain is steep and has sections of light scrambling for about 0.3 miles to the top of the slope and more level ground.
  11. ReefRmbl04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22310   W -111.19490        Elev: 6,680 Feet
    Top of the slope up out of the drainage. Veer right and walk north about 700 feet over to a ravine on the left (west) side of a tall sandstone peak.
  12. ReefRmbl05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22507   W -111.19452        Elev: NaN Feet
    Base of a ravine running up the west side of a tall sandstone peak. Follow north up the ravine for about 400 feet to just before it gets more steep and you can scramble out the right (east) side.
  13. ReefRmbl06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22618   W -111.19470        Elev: NaN Feet
    Leave the ravine here before it gets more steep and scramble up the right (east) side up to a wide saddle.
  14. ReefRmbl07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22631   W -111.19428        Elev: 6,790 Feet
    From this wide saddle walk east over to where you can begin to see down into a couple of canyons to the east. The canyon you are trying to access runs down to the east but access to that canyon is blocked by the need to cross a much deeper canyon running south back toward the Golden Throne trail. Turn left and walk north contouring north along the base of a cliff wall.
  15. ReefRmbl08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22720   W -111.19411        Elev: 6,780 Feet
    Contour north along the base of the cliff a short distance into a dirt and rock filled area and you can see the slopes leading northeast down toward the head of the large canyon on the right (east) then begin down the slopes toward the head of the canyon. Route finding down the steep slope will roughly follow along side a ravine running down to the head of the large canyon below.
  16. ReefRmbl09Blay          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22894   W -111.19376        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the west side of the head of the deep canyon to cross (ReefRmbl09Blay), set an anchor from a tree and use rope to belay the first person over and up to large rock debris pile. That first person can then sit and anchor the other end of the belay rope for those who follow. Scramble slash traverse about 80 feet over and up to the boulder debris with good features but very exposed over high vertical walls. Note: The goal is to gain access to a ledge on the other (east) side of the deep canyon that can be walked to get over to the head of the Reef Ramble drainage which runs down to the east. The ledge looks like it may not work out but it is much easier than it looks from here. The hard part is getting to the ledge which involves the traverse to boulder debris, a scramble up to a tree anchor used to rap into the head of the deep canyon and scramble up to the ledge.
Reef Ramble (4) - Route through the Reef
  1. ReefRmbl09Blay          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22894   W -111.19376        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the west side of the head of the deep canyon to cross (ReefRmbl09Blay), set an anchor from a tree and use rope to belay the first person over and up to large rock debris pile. That first person can then sit and anchor the other end of the belay rope for those who follow. Scramble slash traverse about 80 feet over and up to the boulder debris with good features but very exposed over high vertical walls. Note: The goal is to gain access to a ledge on the other (east) side of the deep canyon that can be walked to get over to the head of the Reef Ramble drainage which runs down to the east. The ledge looks like it may not work out but it is much easier than it looks from here. The hard part is getting to the ledge which involves the traverse to boulder debris, a scramble up to a tree anchor used to rap into the head of the deep canyon and scramble up to the ledge.
  2. ReefRmbl10Blay          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22903   W -111.19350        Elev: NaN Feet
    Boulder pile where the first person across can sit down to anchor the rope for those who follow. After getting across, scramble up and around the corner and up to a small tree. Depending on the route chosen this can be more scary than the roped traverse just finished.
  3. dReefRmbleR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22918   W -111.19353        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Reef Ramble. Anchored from a tree and use about 110 feet of rope to drop down into the ravine at the head of the deep canyon. Once down in the ravine scramble up about 20 feet to get to a wide ledge on the other (east) side. Walk that ledge south about 150 feet to a sloped rock outcropping along the ledge.
  4. ReefRmbl11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22885   W -111.19322        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sloped rock outcropping along the ledge that is easily scrambled up to gentler slopes where you can then walk / scramble south down to the head of the Reef Ramble drainage which continues down to the east. Note: On our visit here 2018-05-19 there was a cairn between here and the head of the Reef Ramble drainage. We did not see other cairns to determine what the carin was directing people to.
  5. ReefRmbl20          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22826   W -111.19287        Elev: 6,600 Feet
    Head of the long Reef Ramble Drainage.
  6. ReefRmbl21          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.22993   W -111.18898        Elev: NaN Feet
    Upper end of 900 foot long narrow section with a short open spot mid way through. A few easy stem / bridges over small pools and a few easy 10 to 12 foot stem downclimbs.
  7. ReefRmbl22          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23150   W -111.18660        Elev: NaN Feet
    Opens up again after 900 foot long narrow section.
  8. ReefRmbl23          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23190   W -111.18637        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short slot with a couple potholes and a large shelf. Both are easily bypassed by going up and over on the RDC side then down a short ravine back into the main drainage. Interesting tall mushroom shaped rock in the LDC side ravine after the bypass.
  9. ReefRmbl24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23253   W -111.18557        Elev: NaN Feet
    Couple of potholes easily bypassed on the RDC side.
  10. ReefRmbl25          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23280   W -111.18549        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top end of 100 foot long slot with some drops. Can be bypassed by going way up on the LDC side then walking steep slopes back to the canyon floor.
  11. dReefRmbleR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23311   W -111.18518        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Reef Ramble. Anchored from the root of a small shrub and drops about 50 feet down steeply sloped slickrock. This drop could be downclimbed but would be sketchy and is much safer using a rope.
  12. ReefRmbl26          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23416   W -111.18449        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of boulder debris with downclimb of about 20 feet to a long very wide pool to stem over. This section can be bypassed by scrambling up steep slopes on the RDC (east) side then walking a ramp system back to the canyon floor about 300 feet down canyon.
  13. ReefRmbl27          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23550   W -111.18443        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top end of 300 foot long slot that starts as wide trough then ends with a moderate stem over a long pool.
  14. ReefRmbl28          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.23888   W -111.18053        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bypass ravine dropping in in on LDC side by walking wide slickrock ledge on the RDC side.
  15. ReefRmbl29          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24165   W -111.17502        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 30 feet bypassed by carefully traversing sloped slickrock on the LDC side then scrambling back to the wash below.
  16. ReefRmbl30          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24275   W -111.17449        Elev: NaN Feet
    Long pool that can be bypassed if desired by going up and over on the LDC side then scrambling steep slopes back to the wash below.
  17. ReefRmbl31          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24576   W -111.16960        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wash begins to narrow and get pretty as it approaches a sharp right hand bend about 600 feet down canyon.
  18. dReefRmbleR3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24545   W -111.16771        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Reef Ramble. Anchored from a large rock on the LDC ledge and drops about 60 feet down beyond the first large pothole. At the bottom of the rap you are in the second pothole with an easy scramble up out of about 6 feet but could be deeper if sand scours out. A partner assistable drop of about 10 feet drops down into the 3rd pothole. From the 3rd pothole it is a 6 foot partner assist out to begin rap 4. Note: The first pothole bypassed by the LDC rap is about 12 feet deep and sand filled so it can be deeper.
  19. dReefRmbleR4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24537   W -111.16792        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 4 - Reef Ramble. Anchored using a sandtrap from the 3 pothole and drops about 55 feet down vertical wall to open wash below.
  20. ReefRmbl32          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24507   W -111.16839        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a moderately difficult crack downclimb of about 20 feet to bypass a shelf in the canyon. Continuing down canyon slowly becomes narrow going into wide V-slot narrows with easy galumphing.
  21. dReefRmbleR5          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24449   W -111.16860        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 5 - Reef Ramble. Anchored from a small bush head high and about 25 feet back and drops about 25 feet down vertical wall.
  22. ReefRmbl33          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24404   W -111.16854        Elev: NaN Feet
    Left hand bend in the canyon with a fin dividing the wash from a ravine in a way that makes it appear the canyon splits. Down canyon from here is a series of open and closed sections with short easy downclimbs and some easy galumphing for about 1000 feet to where it opens to wide wash again.
  23. ReefRmbl34          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24477   W -111.16557        Elev: NaN Feet
    Opens to wide wash after 1000 foot long section of easy downclimbs and galumphing.
  24. ReefRmbl35          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24536   W -111.16281        Elev: NaN Feet
    Steep rubble filled ravine drops in from LDC and the canyon is getting more scenic with colorful red rock.
  25. ReefRmbl36          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24583   W -111.16095        Elev: NaN Feet
    Low angle rubble filled ravine drops in from LDC. Note: The walls on the LDC side just down canyon of here look like they can easily be scrambled up to the next higher ledge.
  26. ReefRmbl37          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24472   W -111.16035        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large major drainage joins in from RDC.
  27. ReefRmbl38          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24677   W -111.15458        Elev: NaN Feet
    Shelf of about 30 feet tall where you can scramble down a weakness on the LDC side to dirt slopes to the floor below. The 1000 feet of wash just below this shelf is pretty as it cuts through a red and ledgy rock layer.
  28. ReefRmbl39          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.24818   W -111.15251        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon opens up to wider wash after passing through a 1000 foot long section of pretty, red, ledgy rock layers.
  29. ReefRmbl40          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25034   W -111.13536        Elev: NaN Feet
    Signs of a road traveling up the wash begin to show up and get more defined as you walk down the wash.
  30. ReefRmbl41          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25075   W -111.13251        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wash crosses a park boundary sign and an open fence.
  31. ReefRmbl42          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25603   W -111.12903        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large wash joins in from LDC.
  32. ReefRmbl43          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25609   W -111.12652        Elev: NaN Feet
    Leave wash and walk use trails and dirt road back to the exit car.
  33. pkReefRambleBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.25706   W -111.12579        Elev: 5,075 Feet
    Park vehicle here for the exit of the Reef Ramble route. 4WD can drive farther into this road, drop into the wash and follow up the wash to set the exit vehicle farther up. Most vehicles will stop and park here.