Canyoneering Route Description

Wingate Wander - 3A III
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Quick Facts

05-18-20, 5 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 7.5 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required - 7 to 8 hours
Distance - 7.2 miles Total, 0.5 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 140 feet.
Elevation Range - 6640 - 5650 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger or High Clearance if bad road conditions Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 140 feet and 40 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.

General Comments

Wingate Wander is great way to have a little adventure while traveling down through the reef enjoying a couple short technical sections on the way down.  After cutting down through the reef, the route meets Pleasant Creek where you then enjoy an easy hike back up through the reef back to the cars.

The approach route starts by hiking down from the upper Pleasant Creek trailhead for about 0.9 miles to where you can scramble up the steep hills and cliffs on the south side. While hiking Pleasant Creek there are multiple trails that travel on either side of the creek. These multiple trails make it difficult to provide specific landmarks to look for. A GPS may be helpful in locating the spot to begin scrambling up.

After getting to the mesa top the route makes its way over to the first Wingate slot for a short bout technical play and a cool arch to play under in the canyon.  After the technical fun ends in the first canyon the route makes its way up, over then down into the second canyon. The second Wingate slot has a little more technical fun with some very cool narrow sections. Even the big guys can fit here but they may sometimes be doubtful.  Ah the memories of the argument during the threat of rain.... I won't fit! Yes you will, get down here! No I won't!  Yes you will, GET DOWN HERE!.... he fit just fine.  After the tech fun ends in the second canyon the route follows a major drainage down through the reef where it dumps into the lower portion of Pleasant Creek. There are a few short sections where you could enjoy some technical fun in the large major drainage but bypassing these is faster and easier, so we did.  Once down in Pleasant Creek the route goes back up Pleasant Creek via hiking trails back to the car pack at the start of the route. Optionally you can wander down the lower portions of Pleasant Creek before hiking back up to the cars.

The working name John had for the route did not seem to ring true for any of us on the adventure. A few names were tossed out but nothing stuck. On the drive home I thought of the name Wingate Wander since the route is more a wandering through the reef but does have some fun, although short, technical sections in Wingate slots. John liked and ended up using the name.

Thanks to John Diener for inviting us on this adventure. Lots of fun here with seeing some remote areas, a little technical fun and seeing another route down through the reef.

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).  

Note:
At the turn off for Capitol Gorge there are two roads that both turn to dirt roads.  The road to the east goes to Capitol Gorge trailhead.  The road continuing to the south changes names to Pleasant Creek Road.

Continue south on Pleasant Creek Road (now dirt road) for about 2.8 miles to the trailhead for the hike into the upper end of Pleasant Creek (pkPlsntCkTp).  The trailhead is on the side of the road about 1000 feet after passing a large coral and just before the road crosses down over Pleasant Creek.  Park at the trailhead and do not drive down into Pleasant Creek. 

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as a loop route.

Maps

GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom.  For information about waypoint naming and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Click the links for maps of the route.
Map of the entire route.
Map of the approach to the first canyon.
Map zoomed into the two technical sections.

Details

The Approach:
From parking area at the trailhead (pkPlsntCkTp), cross the road and start hiking east into Pleasant Creek.  A few use trails form and soon give way to very well traveled trails.  The trails in the area are well formed but there are many wandering around but they all do the same thing which is to continue east down the wide Pleasant Creek drainage. 

About 0.9 miles down Pleasant Creek you will need to leave the wide drainage and begin going up the steep slopes on the right (south).  With multiple trails crossing the creek in various places, the easiest way to find where to leave Pleasant Creek and start up to the top is to use GPS, good map reading skills or use this picture to find the right spot.

Example Pic. Use this picture to find the right spot to leave Pleasant Creek and begin going up the steep slopes on the right (south).

As you hike down Pleasant Creek you may come to a fork in the trail on the south side (jWinWanTp) where the trail drops down to the creek or follow trail higher up on the bank. To branch off to the Wingate Wander route, follow the fork to the right up to the higher bank. Then walk about 350 feet over to the base (WinWan01) of a rock and tree filled dirt slope to scramble up, crossing a small drainage just before the hill.

About 250 feet farther is the top of the rock and tree filled slope (WinWan02).  Form there, walk and scramble your way straight up a mix of dirt and slickrock for about 200 feet to the base of some large sandstone outcroppings (WinWan03) that prevent further travel upward.

From the base of the outcropping (WinWan03), turn right and walk west contouring under the flat sandstone walls.

About 300 feet farther is an upclimb (WinWan04) of about 5 feet to get to the next higher level. Continue up for about 370 feet to a wide dirt shelf.

Once on the wide dirt shelf (WinWan05) veer right and contour southwest about 250 feet to where the slopes become more gentle allowing you to scramble up the hill again.

Note: There is a large cairn close to here with no signs of what the intended route was for that cairn.

A little over 200 feet farther the slopes to the south become more gentle (WinWan06) but still steep. Go south walking and scrambling up the mix of dirt and slickrock.

About 300 feet farther the steep slopes top out (WinWan07) and travel becomes easier. Continue southwest about 500 feet to where you can drop down to a drainage below via a weakness in the rim.

Weakness in the rim (WinWan08) allowing a scramble to the minor drainage below. From here you can see the chunky Wingate rim of the first canyon in the distance about 0.35 miles southwest. Drop down and route find your way toward the upper end of the canyon you can see. You will cross over a few minor drainages and find your way up some gentle ridges on the way.

Example Pic.

As you get closer to the first technical canyon you will be on the rim (WinWan09) overlooking a maze of sandstone fins at the edge of the first canyon. Note a very large red flat fin that looks inviting to walk down. Do not walk down that fin but instead route find your way to the right (west) about 130 feet over to the top of a rubble filled ravine. Just before getting to that ravine will be a large boulder (WinWan10) to scramble around on sloped slickrock.

From the head of the rubble filled ravine (WinWan11), scramble down the rubble for about 200 feet to the canyon floor (yWinWanCyn1Tp) which is where the start of the first technical canyon is.

The First Canyoneering / Technical Section:
From the bottom of the ravine (yWinWanCyn1Tp) walk southwest down canyon.

About 100 feet down canyon is a drop of about 12 feet (WinWan20) that is downclimbable with features on the LDC side. Partner assist may be helpful for some. After this drop is thick vegetation in narrow canyon and an easy 6 foot downclimb mixed in there.

About 250 feet farther is the only rappel in this first canyon (dWinWanCyn1R1).

Rap 1 (dWinWanCyn1R1) is anchored from a bush and drops about 20 feet with a ledge mid way down to a sandy area and a large arch to crawl under. Some may be able to downclimb this rap but will require some skill. Continuing down canyon is more bush whacking in narrow canyon.

About 200 feet farther is a large side cross joint on the LDC side just as the canyon starts a 50 foot long narrow section with a couple downclimbs near the end in winding walls before opening to more narrow canyon with vegetation.

About 100 feet farther is a boulder pile in the canyon (WinWan22) with a downclimb of about 12 feet on the other side. Can downclimb straight down or to a ledge on the RDC side to walk.

A little over 100 feet farther the canyon widens out (yWinWanCyn1Bt) to wider wash walking with bushes and small trees.  The short lived technical fun is done for this canyon but soon you will be in the second canyon which offers a little more meat and a much deeper committed feeling.

Route Between Canyons:
From where the first canyon widens (yWinWanCyn1Bt ) walk about 350 feet to tall 30 foot skinny tree (WinWan23) in the wash shortly after passing a tree with a very large diameter trunk.  This huge trunked tree followed by the tall skinny tree is the landmark telling you that the exit out of the canyon is close.

About 150 feet farther is the bottom of (WinWan24) a long slickrock ramp running back up canyon on the RDC side allowing an easy walk up to higher ledges to start over to the second canyon. Follow south up the ramp in the up canyon direction about 250 feet to where you can scramble up steeper sections to higher levels.

Example Pic.

Leave the top of (WinWan30) the slickrock ramp and scramble up steeper rock about 125 feet up to wide dirt shelf.

Once on the wide dirt shelf (WinWan31), veer right and walk southwest up along the dirt shelf for about 250 feet to where you can veer left and up to the south.

When leaving the dirt shelf (WinWan32) veer left (south) and scramble steeper slopes south about 280 feet up to a wide dirt ridge.

From the top out on a wide dirt ridge (WinWan33) you can look down toward the upper portions of the second canyon.  Look south and note a drainage forming running down to the canyon ahead. Find your way down that wide drainage for about 300 feet to the head of a deep crack forming.

Note:
For a scenic side trip you can walk west over to and along a wide red bench where you can gain views west down over the Pleasant Creek Road.  I highly recommend walking over to look out over the road as it is a very cool view.

At the head of the deep crack (WinWan34) do not drop into the crack.  Instead scramble down a couple ledges then walk south along the RDC (west) rim of the crack for about 120 feet to a large boulder then a drop of about 30 feet down to a patch of bushes in a pour off.  That pour off is where you will rappel down into the side crack to enter the second canyon.

The Second Canyoneering / Technical Section:
At the pour off (dWinWanCyn2R1) is where you will rap into the second canyon from a set of bushes.  To get down to the bushes for the rappel you will need to circle around to the right and get down a 12 foot drop that can be partner assisted. 

Rap 1 of the second canyon (dWinWanCyn2R1) is anchored from a set of bushes and drops down a mostly vertical wall about 140 feet into a deep cross joint.   From the bottom of the rap you can walk and scramble about 390 feet down the cross joint into the main canyon.

Once in the main canyon (yWinWanCyn2Tp), turn left and walk east down wide vegetated canyon past various cross joints as the canyon begins to narrow.

About 200 feet farther is a drop (WinWan40) of about 15 feet where the canyon gets narrow. This drop can be downclimbed by stemming out about 15 feet then stemming down about 10 feet. Optionally a small arch in the wall about head high on the LDC side can be used as an anchor to rap or handline the drop. At the bottom of the drop is a wide subway like section to walk for about 60 feet down to where the canyon gets kind of skinny and drops steeply.

As the canyon becomes skinny (WinWan41) it also begins to drop steeply. This section is about 80 feet long down to the next rap and drops about 80 feet in skinny narrows where you stem and slide down along undulating walls. There is also one shallow pothole where effort needs to be exerted if you want to try and keep dry feet.  At the end of the skinny section is rap 2 for this canyon.

Rap 2 (dWinWanCyn2R2) is anchored from a chock stone near the end of a skinny section and drops about 90 feet down vertical wall into a short cross joint. From the bottom of the rap walk about 20 feet to the main canyon at a confluence.

From the confluence (WinWan42-conf) in walk down canyon enjoying deep dark scenic narrow corridor to walk for about 500 feet. The last 150 feet of the corridor will require some light and very easy galumphing over a skinny crack.

Note:
If you would like to see a long way up the other fork you can walk about 90 feet south up the other fork to a corner where you can then look well over 100 feet west up the other fork. It is interesting to note that if coming down the right fork you would have no idea where the left fork drops in since you can not see the crack you rapped out of. Even knowing it is there it can not be seen.

About 500 feet farther the corridor ends (yWinWanCyn2Bt) and the canyon opens up to wide easy walking and some vegetation.

The Exit:
As the corridor ends (yWinWanCyn2Bt) the exit route is to continue down this drainage all the way to Pleasant Creek where you then turn left and hike up Pleasant Creek back to the cars.  Sections of the route down the drainage to Pleasant Creek have short drops which could be rappelled but bypassing them is faster and easier and is what is described here.

About 0.2 miles farther is the first (WinWan43EE-RDC) of 3 drops over about 150 feet of canyon with each drop being about 15 to 20 feet and some vegetation to push through in a couple spots.  We opted to bypass this section by scrambling up steep slickrock on the RDC side to rim walk down canyon about 370 feet and back to the canyon floor (WinWan44EE-RDC).

About 350 feet farther is a shelf (WinWan45Bypass) of about 30 feet that is easily bypassed up and over on the LDC side then down dirt and rock slopes to a confluence.  This confluence is where the two technical slots you did join together.

From the confluence (WinWan50Conf) walk about 300 feet to the first (WinWan51 EE-RDC) of 3 drops of about 20 or 30 feet each over about 100 feet of canyon down to a rubble pile with a couple short drops and a bridge to crawl under after.  We opted to bypass this section by scrambling up on the RDC side to rim walk down canyon about 350 feet and back to the canyon floor (WinWan52 EE-RDC).

About 800 feet farther is a short section of shallow potholes (WinWan53) to walk around on the LDC side.

About 0.5 miles farther the wide wash goes into canyon with tall walls (WinWan54) for about 800 feet to a short open spot. In this 800 feet is easy walking in narrow corridors and two easy downclimbs of about 10 feet each.

After the corridor is a short open spot (WinWan55) followed by a couple more short narrows and short open spots over the next 1000 feet then the canyon begins to open up to wide spaces.

As the canyon opens up to wide spaces (WinWan56), follow the water course about 1100 feet to where it dumps into Pleasant Creek (jWinWanBt).

Once in Pleasant Creek (jWinWanBt), turn left and walk west up Pleasant Creek and follow trails up Pleasant Creek about 2.6 miles back to the Upper Pleasant Creek Trailhead (pkPlsntCkTp)

GPS Waypoint Information

GPX Files Available for DOWNLOAD.
Downloadable GPX files for many of the canyons listed here are now available at the BG-Gear Store.  In addition to the waypoints, the GPX files also offer routes and tracks for the canyon.  Over time more GPX files will be added.

If you want to avoid manually adding waypoints into your GPS or mapping software, want the additional routes and tracks or simply want to support the efforts put into BluuGnome, head over to the BG-Gear Store and grab the files that interest you.

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

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

Notes for GPS information:
BEFORE
entering coordinates from this website, please ensure your system (GPS or mapping software) is set to the same datum used here.  Waypoint coordinates are listed with WGS84 datum and in Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd° format.  Entering coordinate information with inconsistent datum's can result in the waypoints being off by hundreds of feet.  It is important to keep this in mind when entering waypoints from any source.

Wingate Wander (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
    To go to Reef Ramble, 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. To go to Wingate Wander, continue south on Pleasant Creek Road which also turns to dirt just past this exit.
  4. exPlsntCkFldOf          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18515   W -111.18671        Elev: 5,954 Feet
    Exit to the Pleasant Creek Field Office.
  5. PlsntCkCoral1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18315   W -111.17975        Elev: NaN Feet
    Coral and a few old buildings.
  6. pkPlsntCkTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18044   W -111.18081        Elev: 5,930 Feet
    Parking area on west side of road to hike down into upper Pleasant Creek. This is just before the road drops down to cross over Pleasant Creek. High clearance is recomended if crossing the creek to continue south on Pleasant Creek Raod.
Wingate Wander (2) - Approach to First Canyon
  1. pkPlsntCkTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18044   W -111.18081        Elev: 5,930 Feet
    Parking area on west side of road to hike down into upper Pleasant Creek. This is just before the road drops down to cross over Pleasant Creek. High clearance is recomended if crossing the creek to continue south on Pleasant Creek Raod.
  2. jWinWanTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18378   W -111.16843        Elev: 5,803 Feet
    A fork on the Pleasant Creek trail on the south side of the creek where the trail drops down to the creek or follow trail higher up on the bank. To branch off to the Wingate Wander route, follow the fork to the right up to the higher bank. Then walk about 350 feet over to the base of a rock and tree filled dirt slope to scramble up, crossing a small drainage just before the hill.
  3. WinWan01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18296   W -111.16799        Elev: NaN Feet
    Base of a rock and tree filled slope to scramble up.
  4. WinWan02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18235   W -111.16758        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a rock and tree filled slope. Walk and scramble your way straight up a mix of dirt and slickrock for about 200 feet to the base of some large sandstone outcroppings that prevent further travel upward.
  5. WinWan03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18180   W -111.16746        Elev: NaN Feet
    Base of sandstone outcroppings. Turn right and walk west contouring under the flat sandstone walls.
  6. WinWan04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18161   W -111.16845        Elev: NaN Feet
    Upclimb of about 5 feet to get to the next higher level. Continue up for about 370 feet to a wide dirt shelf.
  7. WinWan05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18078   W -111.16908        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide dirt shelf where you can veer right and contour southwest about 250 feet to where the slopes become more gentle allowing you to scramble up the hill again. Note: There is a large cairn close to here with no signs of what the intended route was for that cairn.
  8. WinWan06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18095   W -111.16987        Elev: NaN Feet
    Slopes to the south become more gentle but still steep. Go south walking and scrambling up the mix of dirt and slickrock.
  9. WinWan07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18032   W -111.17046        Elev: NaN Feet
    Steep slopes top out and travel becomes easier. Continue southwest about 500 feet to where you can drop down to a drainage below.
  10. WinWan08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17950   W -111.17188        Elev: NaN Feet
    Weakness in the rim allowing a scramble to the minor drainage below. From here you can see the chunky Wingate rim of the first canyon in the distance about 0.35 miles southwest. Drop down and route find your way toward the upper end of the canyon you can see. You will cross over a few minor drainages and find your way up some gentle ridges on the way.
  11. WinWan09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17554   W -111.17387        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the rim overlooking a maze of sandstone fins at the edge of the first canyon. Note a very large red flat fin that looks inviting to walk down. Do not walk down that fin but instead route find your way to the right (west) about 130 feet over to the top of a rubble filled ravine. Just before getting to that ravine will be a large boulder to scramble around on sloped slickrock.
  12. WinWan10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17541   W -111.17405        Elev: NaN Feet
    Boulder to scramble around on sloped slickrock. Continue west a short distance to the head of a ravine.
  13. WinWan11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17547   W -111.17427        Elev: 6,640 Feet
    Head of a rubble filled ravine. Scramble down the rubble for about 200 feet to the canyon floor.
  14. yWinWanCyn1Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17489   W -111.17422        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the canyon floor at the base of a rubble filled ravine.
Wingate Wander (3) - Two Canyon Technical Section
  1. yWinWanCyn1Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17489   W -111.17422        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the canyon floor at the base of a rubble filled ravine.
  2. WinWan20          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17481   W -111.17389        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 12 feet that is downclimbable with features on the LDC side. Partner assist may be helpful for some. After this drop is thick vegetation in narrow canyon and an easy 6 foot downclimb mixed in there.
  3. dWinWanCyn1R1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17434   W -111.17321        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Wingate Wander Canyon 1. Anchored from a bush and drops about 20 feet with a ledge mid way down to a sandy area and a large arch to crawl under. Some may be able to downclimb this rap but will require some skill. Continuing down canyon is more bush whacking in narrow canyon.
  4. WinWan21          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17456   W -111.17264        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large side cross joint on the LDC side just as the canyon starts a 50 foot long narrow section with a couple downclimbs near the end in winding walls before opening to more narrow canyon with vegetation.
  5. WinWan22          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17468   W -111.17240        Elev: NaN Feet
    Boulder pile in the canyon with a downclimb of about 12 feet on the other side. Can downclimb straight down or to a ledge on the RDC side to walk.
  6. yWinWanCyn1Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17481   W -111.17205        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon widens out to wider wash walking with bushes and small trees.
  7. WinWan23          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17516   W -111.17093        Elev: NaN Feet
    Tall 30 foot skinny tree in the wash shortly after passing a tree with a very large diameter trunk. This huge trunked tree followed by the tall skinny tree is the landmark telling you that the exit out of the canyon is close.
  8. WinWan24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17544   W -111.17051        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of a long slickrock ramp running back up canyon on the RDC side allowing an easy walk up to higher ledges to start over to the second canyon. Follow south up the ramp in the up canyon direction about 250 feet to where you can scramble up steeper sections to higher levels.
  9. WinWan30          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17482   W -111.17095        Elev: NaN Feet
    Leave the top of the slickrock ramp and scramble up steeper rock about 125 feet up to wide dirt shelf.
  10. WinWan31          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17451   W -111.17086        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide dirt shelf. Veer right and walk southwest up along the dirt shelf for about 250 feet to where you can veer left and up to the south.
  11. WinWan32          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17392   W -111.17137        Elev: 6,522 Feet
    Veer left (south) leaving the large dirt shelf and scramble steeper slopes south about 280 feet up to a wide dirt ridge.
  12. WinWan33          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17314   W -111.17144        Elev: 6,615 Feet
    Top out on a wide dirt ridge where you can look down toward the upper portions of the second canyon. Look south and note a drainage forming running down to the canyon ahead. Find your way down that wide drainage for about 300 feet to the head of a deep crack forming. Note: for a scenic side trip you can walk west over to and along a wide red bench where you can gain views west down over the Pleasant Creek Road.
  13. WinWan34          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17243   W -111.17094        Elev: NaN Feet
    Head of a deep crack forming. Do not drop down into the crack. Instead scramble down a couple ledges then walk south along the RDC (west) rim of the crack for about 120 feet to a large boulder then a drop of about 30 feet down to a patch of bushes in a pour off.
  14. dWinWanCyn2R1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17208   W -111.17086        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Wingate Wander Canyon 2. Anchored from a set of bushes and drops down a mostly vertical wall about 140 feet into a deep cross joint. To get down to the bushes for the rappel you will need to circle around to the right and get down a 12 foot drop that can be partner assisted. From the bottom of the rap you can walk and scramble about 390 feet down into the main canyon.
  15. yWinWanCyn2Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17111   W -111.17023        Elev: 6,420 Feet
    Cross joint drops into the main canyon. Turn left and walk east down wide vegetated canyon past various cross joints for about 200 feet as the canyon begins to narrow.
  16. WinWan40          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17106   W -111.16947        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 15 feet where the canyon gets narrow. This drop can be downclimbed by stemming out about 15 feet then stemming down about 10 feet. Optionally a small arch in the wall about head high on the LDC side can be used as an anchor to rap or handline the drop. At the bottom of the drop is a wide subway like section to walk for about 60 feet down to where the canyon gets kind of skinny and drops steeply.
  17. WinWan41          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17089   W -111.16941        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon becomes kind of skinny and drops steeply. This section is about 80 feet long down to the next rap and drops about 80 feet in skinny narrows where you stem and slide down along undulating walls. There is also one shallow pothole where effort needs to be exerted if you want to try and keep dry feet.
  18. dWinWanCyn2R2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17075   W -111.16920        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Wingate Wander Canyon 2. Anchored from a chock stone near the end of a skinny section and drops about 90 feet down vertical wall into a short cross joint. From the bottom of the rap walk about 20 feet to the main canyon at a confluence.
  19. WinWan42-conf          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17070   W -111.16915        Elev: NaN Feet
    Confluence in the canyon. Walk down canyon enjoying deep dark scenic narrow corridor to walk for about 500 feet. The last 150 feet of the corridor will require some light and very easy galumphing over a skinny crack. Note: If you would like to see a long way up the other fork you can walk about 90 feet south up the other fork to a corner where you can then look well over 100 feet west up the other fork. It is interesting to note that if coming down the right fork you would have no idea where the left fork drops in since you can not see the crack you rapped out of from the left fork. Even knowing it is there it can not be seen.
  20. yWinWanCyn2Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17091   W -111.16741        Elev: 6,330 Feet
    Corridor ends and the canyon opens up to wide easy walking and some vegetation.
Wingate Wander (4) - Exit
  1. yWinWanCyn2Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17091   W -111.16741        Elev: 6,330 Feet
    Corridor ends and the canyon opens up to wide easy walking and some vegetation.
  2. WinWan43EE-RDC          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17280   W -111.16531        Elev: NaN Feet
    First of 3 drops over about 150 feet of canyon with each drop being about 15 to 20 feet and some vegetation to push through in a couple spots. We opted to bypass this section by scrambling up steep slickrock on the RDC side to rim walk down canyon about 370 feet and back to the canyon floor.
  3. WinWan44EE-RDC          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17361   W -111.16445        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop back down to canyon floor after bypassing 3 short drops.
  4. WinWan45Bypass          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17389   W -111.16330        Elev: NaN Feet
    Shelf of about 30 feet that is easily bypassed up and over on the LDC side then down dirt and rock slopes to a confluence.
  5. WinWan50Conf          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17411   W -111.16287        Elev: NaN Feet
    Confluence of WinWan 1 Canyon and WinWan 2 Canyon. This confluence is where the two technical slots you did join together.
  6. WinWan51 EE-RDC          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17424   W -111.16189        Elev: NaN Feet
    First of 3 drops of about 20 or 30 feet each over about 100 feet of canyon down to a rubble pile with a couple short drops and a bridge to crawl under after. We opted to bypass this section by scrambling up on the RDC side to rim walk down canyon about 350 feet and back to the canyon floor.
  7. WinWan52 EE-RDC          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17442   W -111.16068        Elev: NaN Feet
    Back down to the canyon floor after bypassing a short section with 3 small drops.
  8. WinWan53          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17456   W -111.15809        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short section of shallow potholes to walk around on the LDC side.
  9. WinWan54          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17805   W -111.15175        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide wash goes into canyon with tall walls for about 800 feet to a short open spot. In this 800 feet is easy walking in narrow corridors and two easy downclimbs of about 10 feet each.
  10. WinWan55          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.17888   W -111.14970        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short open spot followed by a couple more short narrows and short open spots over the next 1000 feet then the canyon begins to open up to wide spaces.
  11. WinWan56          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18076   W -111.14745        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon opens up to wide spaces. Follow the water course about 1100 feet to where it dumps into Pleasant Creek.
  12. jWinWanBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18229   W -111.14450        Elev: 5,650 Feet
    Confluence of the lower end of the Wingate Wander route an Pleasant Creek. Turn left and walk west up Pleasant Creek and follow trails up Pleasant Creek about 2.6 miles back to the Upper Pleasant Creek Trailhead.
  13. pkPlsntCkTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.18044   W -111.18081        Elev: 5,930 Feet
    Parking area on west side of road to hike down into upper Pleasant Creek. This is just before the road drops down to cross over Pleasant Creek. High clearance is recomended if crossing the creek to continue south on Pleasant Creek Raod.