Canyoneering Route Description

DDI Canyon - 4A(B) IV (X)
Escalante National Monument, Utah.

Quick Facts

10-26-14, 5 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 9.5 hours) Pictures Icon
03-30-19, 6 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 9.25 hours)  Time includes the group splitting to do different forks

Time Required - 8 to 11 hours
Distance - 6.5 miles Total, 0.7 miles Technical
Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 85 feet.
Elevation Range - 4600 - 4140 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - High Clearance, 4WD if bad road conditions Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 85 feet and 50 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Potshots just in case.  Wet suits not needed if weather window is planned right, see notes in general comments.  On of the anchors may need a significant amount of webbing to extend which is why the recommendation for so much webbing.

General Comments

DDI is work and does come with risk but a very cool place and well worth the visit. I remember as soon as we exited after the first trip, I said "I would definitely do that one again! Not right away but I would like to go back".

WARNING!!      This is an X Canyon:
There are potentially deadly situations with no way to add protection.  When that happens, friends or gear are of no use... You truly are "on your own" (with an audience).  Do not attempt an X canyon until you are proficient with sustained high stemming and confident with your technical abilities including advanced anchors, ascending, pot hole escape and partner assists.  Information about X canyons is of little use if you lack skills or experience.  Making a mistake at the wrong time can kill. Drop into an X canyon.... "At Your Own Risk".      Ultimately you are responsible for your own actions.

Everyone in our group ran out of water so be sure to bring a little more than you think you will need.

The A(B) water rating is due to there being water in the lower canyon but hauling wetsuits would be a lot of work.  Best to plan on the water and plan your weather window accordingly.  See more notes below.

The approach route up out of Coyote Gulch and to the top of DDI is over convoluted but forgiving to travel over rolling slickrock with few obvious landmarks. A GPS or good map navigation skills helpful here as there are no obvious landmarks to navigate by.

Note:
There is an upper slot about 1000 feet long that is above the entry described here that we did not do. After walking up along the RDC rim then down along the LDC rim we do not feel it worth dropping into this part. Overall it looks shallow with multiple small silos. It looks like there may be some partner assists and minor rope work but overall looks like it may be best to spend time enjoying the main DDI slot down canyon of this slot. The drop in we used and described here was to rap from a tree in a sandy gully skipping about 100 feet of large potholes.

Once in the canyon below rap 1 from the rim, it is stemming all the way to rap 2 except for a couple short spots to go to the ground. After rap 2 is about 200 feet of strenuous stemming before a walking section down to rap 3. The last 200 feet of canyon between raps 3 and 4 is more deep slot with twisting walls and a few skinny spots to go up and over. One spot you need to go high for about 50 feet down canyon then shimmy down a tight crack to a pothole that will be a swimmer with a skinny exit that is difficult to climb out of and will likely require partner assist. Immediately following is a very awkward 8 foot downclimb into another swimmer pothole also requiring a partner assist. Rap 4 is very awkward due to it being in a very tight slot and anchored from a chokestone in the skinny crack below your feet. It may be a good idea to have a leash clipped to the rope allowing you to pull the rope up from your feet.

There is unavoidable poison ivy at the bottom of the last rap that you rap down into. The exit is down wide canyon with super tall walls while trying to avoid dense sections of poison ivy, pools of water and grass so thick that you can never tell when you will step into a waist deep water hole. The vegetation is so thick there are times you are not walking on ground, but instead on the vegetation itself with the occasional thin spot you fall into. Oh yeah its super pretty too. I really enjoyed the exit as it was fun, controlled madness. Not everyone felt as happy about this section as I did though.

Wet suits and weather:
Dragging a wetsuit through DDI would add a lot of work to the day and not worth it. Plan DDI for cool days so stemming is not too exhausting but not cold days where the water could be a danger in the final slot. Our first visit the weather forcast called for lows of mid 40's and highs for mid 70's, and we all felt it was a good weather window. Our second visit had lows in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's and we were very cold in the final potholes and all felt it was way too cold in there.

Note:
There is a side slot on the LDC (southeast) side of DDI that leads down into DDI just above DDI rap2. We went and checked this out and found it to be totally downclimable down into DDI just above DDI rap 2. The side slot is short and not worth the effort to go over to it. Time is much better spent enjoying the upper part of DDI proper.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

From the city of Escalante drive about 4 miles southeast on Hwy 12 to the turn off for Hole-In-The-Rock road on the right (extHoleInRock). The condition of the dirt Hole in the Rock road varies a lot with recent rains and road maintenance.  High clearance may be needed in extreme cases but most of the time passenger cars will be fine for the first 30 or 40 miles on Hole in the Rock road.

Travel about 31.9 miles southeast on Hole-In-The-Rock road to the turn off for Chimney Rock (exChimneyRk).

Turn left (northeast) onto Chimney Rock Road and drive about 1.9 miles to a sharp left turn in the road (CimneyRk02).

Follow the sharp turn left to drive east.  Beyond this sharp left turn (CimneyRk02) the road has a lot of deep sand.  High clearance / 4WD is recommended.

About 0.7 miles farther is Chimney Rock and a place to park a few vehicles (ChimneyRock).  This is also where the deep sand ends.

Continue past Chimney Rock for about 1 mile to the end of the road to park (pkChimCoyoteA).

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as an out and back 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 drive into the route.
Map of the last part of the drive into the route.
Map of the entire route and first part of approach.
Map of the last part of the approach.
Map of the technical section.

Details

The Approach:
From the parking area (pkChimCoyoteA) walk northeast toward the indent seen on the mesa in the distance. Aim slight left (west) of the indent. Walk through rolling dirt desert about 0.6 miles to where the dirt begins to extend out into slickrock.

Example Pic.

When the dirt begins to extend out into slickrock (ChimCoyote11) continue northeast about 400 feet and starting to contour down the left (west) side of the dirt toward a small short shallow slot about 400 feet away.

From the top of the small short shallow slot (ChimCoyote12) walk around on the left (west) side. The route down into Coyote Gulch from here will roughly follow down along the left (west) side of this side drainage. Continue northeast route finding your way down rolling slickrock for about 900 feet as you bypass another slot in this drainage about 400 feet long.

After bypassing and getting to the lower end (ChimCoyote13) of 400 foot long slot, continue northeast route finding your way along rolling slickrock about 900 feet to where dirt slopes lead down into Coyote Gulch. 

From the top of the dirt slopes (ChimCoyote14) follow one of many use trails down into Coyote Gulch about 200 feet northeast.

Once down in Coyote Gulch (jCyoteChimny1) turn right and walk east down Coyote Gulch passing a gate on the right about 500 feet down the creek.

Continue down east Coyote Gulch for about 0.6 miles to the apex of a sharp turn in Coyote Gulch (jBigTonyExt).   stay in Coyote Gulch traveling down to the east.

About  600 feet farther leave Coyote Gulch at the apex of bend (jDDI-UpTo) and follow use trails north up steep dirt which soon turns to a wide slickrock ridge.  As you go up the ridge veer right making your way into the bottom of a trough about 400 feet away.

Follow up the trough to the north (DDI-01).

About 275 feet farther the trough tops out (DDI-02). Continue north up sloped slickrock for about 1000 feet to cross over a drainage just above a series of potholes.

As the route crosses over the drainage just above (DDI-03) a series of potholes where the drainage makes a bend. Cross over at the bend and veer right and walk northeast following up along the right (east) side of the drainage. Continue northeast for about 0.5 miles until you get to the rim of DDI. The terrain is convoluted rolling slickrock but very forgiving and easy to route find.

When the route meets the rim of DDI (DDI-04) you have views down into the canyon where you can see how deep it is deep. Veer left and route find north along the rim of DDI.

About 0.2 miles farther is a spot on the rim of DDI overlooking (DDI-05) a fork in the canyon. Follow the rim of the left fork for about 550 feet to where you can cross over the shallow upper end of the fork.

About 550 feet farther the route crosses over (DDI-06) the shallow portion of the left fork where you then veer right and go a little over 500 feet to where you can drop into DDI.

About 500 feet farther and just before reaching the top of DDI is a small dome (DDI-07) where you can scramble down into the sandy gully leading down into DDI then rap from a tree down to the canyon floor.

Note:
From this dome you can see there is an upper slot above this standard drop in about 1000 feet long with multiple silos. The upper slot is not very deep has a different character than the lower portion of the canyon.

Turn left and walk east down along this sandy gully to the tree (dDDI-R1) for the rap in by the head of DDI (yDDI-Tp).

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
Instead of scrambling down to the canyon floor at the head of DDI (yDDI-Tp), rappel from the tree on the LDC (west) side skipping about 100 feet of potholes.

Rap 1 (dDDI-R1) anchored from a small tree on the rim in a sand filled gully and uses about 85 feet of rope to the canyon floor. This drop in point is just below a 100 foot long section with multiple potholes.

Note:
Do not use a 65 foot rope for this drop or you will need to get off rope in the stemmed position, pull the ropes then stem down to the canyon floor. Ask me how I know this.

After getting down rap 1 from the rim, immediately begin stemming down canyon at heights ranging from 10 to 35 feet off the deck for about 300 feet to a short section of ground walking. The walls are deep sculpted and pretty.

When you hit the ground (DDI07GrndSrt) just before a right hand bend you can walk on the ground for about 300 feet to where the walls pinch down forcing you up again (DDI08GrndEnd). 

When forced up again (DDI08GrndEnd) the stemming is relatively straight forward with mostly well featured walls and the occasional undulation or semi gaping feature to cross. Stemming continues for about 650 feet down to a fork dropping in on the RDC (northwest) side.

When the fork comes in (DDI09Fork) from the RDC (northwest) side, the canyon changes character to more twisted winding sculpted walls where movement requires noticeably more work trying to figure out how move between the walls while stemming, route finding up and down and moving over a few more semi wide gaping spots. About 800 feet down canyon is a spot where you can very briefly go to the ground.

At the spot where you very briefly go to the ground (DDI10GrndBrief) and then go back up, the stemming continues at heights up to 35 feet. About 250 feet farther the canyon makes a sweeping left hand bend.

As the canyon goes around a left hand bend (DDI11), continue stemming up to 30 feet off the deck as the canyon starts turning to more of a v-slot galumph style of travel and for the first time in a few hours you are out in sunlight.

A little over 200 feet farther the route drops down to the ground where a cross joint drops in on the LDC (east) side (DDI12GrndJoint) and you can walk down to rap 2.

Note:
We have dropped into DDI here once to check out that cross joint and found it not that exciting and fully downclimbable down into DDI.

Rap 2 (dDDI-R2) anchored RDC from rocks in a cross joint and drops about 20 feet. 

The next almost 200 feet of canyon down to another cross joint is a lot of work as the shape of the walls forces you up and down over and over sometimes trying to stem through tight spots or bridge over a couple moderately wide silos.

As the canyon makes a right hand bend as a cross joint comes in on the left (DDI13Joint), you you can begin to drop to the ground then begin walking down canyon where there will likely always be shin to thigh deep water to wade. There is one short skinny spot you will need to stem up about 15 feet and galumph down canyon to go over.  About 500 feet farther is rap 3.

Rap 3 (dDDI-R3) uses about 60 feet of rope, anchored from an arch about 25 feet back and drops over two stages of about 15 feet then 15 feet to a deep pool.

Down canyon is more deep slot with twisting walls and a few skinny spots to go up and over. One spot you need to go high for about 50 feet down canyon then shimmy down a tight crack to pothole with a skinny exit difficult to climb out of exit which will likely require partner assist. Then an awkward 8 foot downclimb to another pothole that is very awkward also requiring a partner assist.

Rap 4 (dDDI-R4) anchored from a choke stone down in a deep narrow crack and drops about 35 feet to wide open canyon into a patch of poison ivy. The crack leading to the final rap is very skinny and very awkward to squeeze through to get out to where you can rappel out of the crack. It may be a good idea to have a leash clipped to the rope allowing you to pull the rope up from your feet.

At the bottom of rap 4 you are done with the technical section (yDDIBt).

The Exit:
From end of the technical section (yDDIBt) the canyon opens up to wide canyon with marshy growth. Continue down wide canyon with super tall walls while trying to avoid dense sections of poison ivy, pools of water and grass so thick that you can never tell when you will step into a waist deep water hole. The vegetation is very thick and there are times you are not walking on ground but instead on the vegetation itself with the occasional thin spot you fall into. Oh yeah its super pretty in here too.

About 0.3 miles down canyon is an easily missed spot (DDI14) to scramble up on the LDC side to a dirt bank to walk to avoid the thick vegetation on the water course.

About 700 feet farther is a slickrock pour off (DDI15) down into a pool with more dense vegetation. There are use trail on both sides that will get you down into Coyote Gulch. The trails on the RDC (west) side are shorter and faster.

Once back in Coyote Gulch (jDDI-End) turn left and walk west up Coyote Gulch for about 1.2 miles to where your approach route dropped into Coyote Gulch (jCyoteChimny1).

Follow use trails southwest up the steep sandy bank then continue reversing your approach route back to the cars (pkChimCoyoteA).

GPS Waypoint Information

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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.

DDI (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. extHoleInRock          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72769   W -111.53143        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn off to Hole-In-The-Rock road from Hwy 12.
  2. exHarrisWash          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60644   W -111.42794        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn off to Harris Wash Road to the east.
  3. extEgypt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.54114   W -111.36176        Elev: 5,279 Feet
    Turn off to the Egypt Road to the east (left on the drive in on Hole in the Rock road..
  4. extDryForkTH1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.46638   W -111.22344        Elev: 4,890 Feet
    Turn off of Hole-In-The-Rock road toward Dry Fork trailhead. BLM road 252 This is about 25 miles down Hole in the Rock road.
  5. exChimneyRk          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.39317   W -111.14345        Elev: 4,831 Feet
    Exit to Chimney Rock off off Hole in the Rock road. This is about 31.9 miles down Hole in the Rock road.
  6. CimneyRk01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.39800   W -111.13679        Elev: 4,878 Feet
    Exit off to a faint side road to the east.
  7. CimneyRk02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.41562   W -111.12539        Elev: 4,735 Feet
    Junction in the road. Turn right (east) to drive out to Chimney Rock which gets deep and sandy beyond this point.. Another road contiues north.
  8. ChimneyRock          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.41085   W -111.11288        Elev: 4,685 Feet
    Chimney Rock with lots of area to park and camp.
  9. pkChimCoyoteA          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.41648   W -111.09846        Elev: 4,720 Feet
    Park at end of dirt road here to start the hike to many canyons in this area. Big Tony, DDI, Lower PINTAC, Headless Hen, Raven and others. To go toward Big Tony, walk northeast toward the indent seen on the mesa in the distance. Aim slight left (west) of the indent. Walk through rolling dirt desert about 0.6 miles to where the dirt begins to extend out into slickrock. To go toward Raven and Headless Hen, walk northwest on a bearing of about 326 degrees for about 0.65 miles to where the open desert begins to hit slickrock. A GPS or good navigation skills will be helpful here as there are no obvious landmarks.
DDI (2) - Approach
  1. pkChimCoyoteA          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.41648   W -111.09846        Elev: 4,720 Feet
    Park at end of dirt road here to start the hike to many canyons in this area. Big Tony, DDI, Lower PINTAC, Headless Hen, Raven and others. To go toward Big Tony, walk northeast toward the indent seen on the mesa in the distance. Aim slight left (west) of the indent. Walk through rolling dirt desert about 0.6 miles to where the dirt begins to extend out into slickrock. To go toward Raven and Headless Hen, walk northwest on a bearing of about 326 degrees for about 0.65 miles to where the open desert begins to hit slickrock. A GPS or good navigation skills will be helpful here as there are no obvious landmarks.
  2. ChimCoyote12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42413   W -111.09136        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a small short shallow slot to walk around on the left (west) side. The route down into Coyote Gulch from here will roughly follow down along the left (west) side of this side drainage. Continue northeast route finding your way down rolling slickrock for about 900 feet as you bypass another slot in this drainage about 400 feet long.
  3. ChimCoyote13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42570   W -111.08949        Elev: NaN Feet
    Lower end of the slot about 400 feet long in the side drainage, continue northeast route finding your way along rolling slickrock about 900 feet to where dirt slopes lead down into Coyote Gulch.
  4. ChimCoyote14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42687   W -111.08674        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of dirt slopes leading down into Coyote Gulch. Follow one of many use trails down into Coyote Gulch about 200 feet northeast.
  5. jCyoteChimny1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42729   W -111.08622        Elev: 4,190 Feet
    Route down from the end of the Chimney Rock road meets Coyote Gluch here. To go to Big Tony, Frosted Flakes, DDI, Pintac and other canyons east of here, walk east down Coyote Gulch. About 500 feet down stream fro here is a weakness in the side of the gulch on the LDC side which is used to go to the top of Big Tony. The weakeness is between a left then a right turn in the gulch and right across from a gate.
  6. jBigTonyApr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42724   W -111.08469        Elev: 4,210 Feet
    There is a gate here on the RDC side of Coyote Gulch that does not appear to have any function. To go up to Big Tony, go directly across from the gate to a weakness on the LDC side that allows travel up the side of the gulch to the north just left (west) of what appears to be a side drainage / bowl. Route find your way north then northeast up the slickrock for about 0.25 miles until you get to the top of the rim looking down into lower Sleepy Hollow.
  7. jBigTonyExt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42650   W -111.07838        Elev: 4,155 Feet
    Bottom of the Big Tony route at the apex of a sharp turn in Coyote Gulch. When exiting Big Tony, Frosted Flakes or Long Branch, turn right and walk west up Coyote Gulch. When approaching Frosted Flakes or Long Branch, leave Coyote Gulch and go north up the vegetated dirt slope toward the Sleepy Hollow / Big Tony drainage then follow use trails over and down into the Sleepy Hollow drainage. This spot is not where the true Sleepy Hollow water course meets Coyote Gulch but it is easier to go up here instead of where the Sleepy Hollow actually meets Coyote Gulch. To continue to DDI or PINTAC Canyons, stay in Coyote Gulch traveling down to the east.
  8. jDDI-UpTo          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42566   W -111.07643        Elev: 4,190 Feet
    To go to DDI, leave Coyote Gulch here at the apex of bend and follow use trails north up steep dirt which soon turns to a wide slickrock ridge. As you go up the ridge veer right making your way into the bottom of a trough about 400 feet away. To continue to PINTAC Canyon, stay in Coyote Gulch traveling down to the east.
  9. DDI-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42671   W -111.07623        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of a wide trough. Follow north up the trough to the north.
  10. DDI-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42747   W -111.07615        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trough tops out. Continue north up sloped slickrock for about 1000 feet to cross over a drainage just above a series of potholes.
  11. DDI-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43026   W -111.07584        Elev: NaN Feet
    Cross over this drainage just above a series of potholes where the drainage makes a bend. Cross over at the bend and veer right and walk northeast following up along the right (east) side of the drainage. Continue northeast for about 0.5 miles until you get to the rim of DDI. The terrain is convoluted rolling slickrock but very forgiving and easy to route find.
  12. DDI-04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43515   W -111.06886        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route meets the rim of DDI where you have views down into the canyon where you can see how deep it is. Veer left and route find north along the rim of DDI.
  13. DDI-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43798   W -111.06700        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the rim of DDI overlooking a fork in the canyon. Follow the rim of the left fork for about 550 feet to where you can cross over the shallow upper end of the fork.
  14. DDI-06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43895   W -111.06559        Elev: 4,570 Feet
    Crossing over the shallow portion of the left fork where you then veer right and go a little over 500 feet to where you can drop into DDI.
  15. DDI-07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43943   W -111.06395        Elev: 4,600 Feet
    Small dome where you can scramble down into the sandy gully leading down into DDI then rap from a tree down to the canyon floor. Note: From this dome you can see there is an upper slot above this standard drop in about 1000 feet long with multiple silos. The upper slot is not very deep has a different character than the lower portion of the canyon.
  16. yDDI-Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43947   W -111.06356        Elev: 4,570 Feet
    Top entry for DDI where you can scramble down into the canyon on the LDC (west) side.
DDI (3) - The Canyon
  1. yDDI-Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43947   W -111.06356        Elev: 4,570 Feet
    Top entry for DDI where you can scramble down into the canyon on the LDC (west) side.
  2. dDDI-R1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43942   W -111.06358        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - DDI. Anchored from a small tree on the rim in a sand filled gully and uses about 85 feet of rope to the canyon floor. This drop in point is just below a 100 foot long section with multiple potholes. Note: Do not use a 65 foot rope for this drop or you will need to get off rope in the stemmed position, pull the ropes then stem down to the canyon floor. Ask me how I know this. After getting down rap 1 from the rim, immediately begin stemming down canyon at heights ranging from 10 to 35 feet off the deck for about 300 feet to a short section of ground walking. The walls are deep sculpted and pretty.
  3. DDI07GrndSrt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43879   W -111.06375        Elev: NaN Feet
    Just before a right hand bend and the start of a section where you can walk on the ground for about 300 feet to where the walls pinch down forcing you up again.
  4. DDI08GrndEnd          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43842   W -111.06463        Elev: NaN Feet
    Walls pinch down tight forcing you to stem up again and continue stemming down canyon. The stemming is relatively straight forward with mostly well featured walls and the occasional undulation or semi gaping feature to cross. Stemming continues for about 650 feet down to a fork dropping in on the RDC (northwest) side.
  5. DDI09Fork          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43770   W -111.06665        Elev: NaN Feet
    Fork comes in from the RDC (northwest) side. After this fork, the canyon changes character to more twisted winding sculpted walls where movement requires noticeably more work trying to figure out how move between the walls while stemming, route finding up and down and moving over a few more semi wide gaping spots. About 800 feet down canyon is a spot where you can very briefly go to the ground.
  6. DDI10GrndBrief          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43589   W -111.06818        Elev: NaN Feet
    Spot where you very briefly go to the ground and then go back up to continue stemming down canyon. Stemming continues at heights up to 35 feet. About 250 feet farther the canyon makes a sweeping left hand bend.
  7. DDI11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43532   W -111.06861        Elev: NaN Feet
    As the canyon goes around a left hand bend, continue stemming up to 30 feet off the deck as the canyon starts turning to more of a v-slot galumph style of travel and for the first time in a few hours you are out in sunlight.
  8. DDI12GrndJoint          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43477   W -111.06829        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route drops down to the ground where a cross joint drops in on the LDC (east) side nd you can walk down to rap 2. Note: We have dropped into DDI here once to check out that cross joint and found it not that exciting and fully downclimbable down into DDI.
  9. dDDI-R2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43456   W -111.06836        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - DDI. Anchored RDC from rocks in a cross joint and drops about 20 feet. The next almost 200 feet of canyon down to another cross joint is a lot of work as the shape of the walls forces you up and down over and over sometimes trying to stem through tight spots or bridge over a couple moderately wide silos.
  10. DDI13Joint          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43410   W -111.06818        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon makes a right hand bend as a cross joint comes in on the left you can begin to drop to the ground then begin walking down canyon where there will likely always be shin to thigh deep water to wade. There is one short skinny spot you will need to stem up about 15 feet and galumph down canyon to go over.
  11. dDDI-R3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43313   W -111.06942        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - DDI. Uses about 60 feet of rope, anchored from an arch about 25 feet back and drops over two stages of about 15 feet then 15 feet to a deep pool. Down canyon is more deep slot with twisting walls and a few skinny spots to go up and over. One spot you need to go high for about 50 feet down canyon then shimmy down a tight crack to pothole with a skinny exit difficult to climb out of exit which will likely require partner assist. Then an awkward 8 foot downclimb that is very awkward also requiring a partner assist.
  12. dDDI-R4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43257   W -111.06959        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 4 - DDI. Anchored from a choke stone down in a deep narrow crack and drops about 35 feet to wide open canyon into a patch of poison ivy. The crack leading to the final rap is very skinny and very awkward to squeeze through to get out to where you can rappel out of the crack. It may be a good idea to have a leash clipped to the rope allowing you to pull the rope up from your feet.
  13. yDDIBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43248   W -111.06956        Elev: 4,320 Feet
    End of DDI where it opens up to wide canyon with marshy growth. Continue down wide canyon with super tall walls while trying to avoid dense sections of poison ivy, pools of water and grass so thick that you can never tell when you will step into a waist deep water hole. The vegetation is very thick and there are times you are not walking on ground but instead on the vegetation itself with the occasional thin spot you fall into. Oh yeah its super pretty in here too.
DDI (4) - Exit
  1. yDDIBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43248   W -111.06956        Elev: 4,320 Feet
    End of DDI where it opens up to wide canyon with marshy growth. Continue down wide canyon with super tall walls while trying to avoid dense sections of poison ivy, pools of water and grass so thick that you can never tell when you will step into a waist deep water hole. The vegetation is very thick and there are times you are not walking on ground but instead on the vegetation itself with the occasional thin spot you fall into. Oh yeah its super pretty in here too.
  2. DDI14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42837   W -111.07118        Elev: NaN Feet
    An easily missed spot to scramble up on the LDC side to a dirt bank to walk to avoid the thick vegetation on the water course.
  3. DDI15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42686   W -111.06992        Elev: NaN Feet
    Slickrock pour off down into a pool with more dense vegetation. There are use trail on both sides that will get you down into Coyote Gulch. The trails on the RDC (west) side are shorter and faster.
  4. jDDI-End          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42621   W -111.06973        Elev: 4,140 Feet
    Where the DDI drainage ends and dumps into Coyote Gulch.
  5. jDDI-UpTo          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42566   W -111.07643        Elev: 4,190 Feet
    To go to DDI, leave Coyote Gulch here at the apex of bend and follow use trails north up steep dirt which soon turns to a wide slickrock ridge. As you go up the ridge veer right making your way into the bottom of a trough about 400 feet away. To continue to PINTAC Canyon, stay in Coyote Gulch traveling down to the east.
  6. jBigTonyExt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42650   W -111.07838        Elev: 4,155 Feet
    Bottom of the Big Tony route at the apex of a sharp turn in Coyote Gulch. When exiting Big Tony, Frosted Flakes or Long Branch, turn right and walk west up Coyote Gulch. When approaching Frosted Flakes or Long Branch, leave Coyote Gulch and go north up the vegetated dirt slope toward the Sleepy Hollow / Big Tony drainage then follow use trails over and down into the Sleepy Hollow drainage. This spot is not where the true Sleepy Hollow water course meets Coyote Gulch but it is easier to go up here instead of where the Sleepy Hollow actually meets Coyote Gulch. To continue to DDI or PINTAC Canyons, stay in Coyote Gulch traveling down to the east.
  7. jBigTonyApr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42724   W -111.08469        Elev: 4,210 Feet
    There is a gate here on the RDC side of Coyote Gulch that does not appear to have any function. To go up to Big Tony, go directly across from the gate to a weakness on the LDC side that allows travel up the side of the gulch to the north just left (west) of what appears to be a side drainage / bowl. Route find your way north then northeast up the slickrock for about 0.25 miles until you get to the top of the rim looking down into lower Sleepy Hollow.
  8. jCyoteChimny1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42729   W -111.08622        Elev: 4,190 Feet
    Route down from the end of the Chimney Rock road meets Coyote Gluch here. To go to Big Tony, Frosted Flakes, DDI, Pintac and other canyons east of here, walk east down Coyote Gulch. About 500 feet down stream fro here is a weakness in the side of the gulch on the LDC side which is used to go to the top of Big Tony. The weakeness is between a left then a right turn in the gulch and right across from a gate.
  9. ChimCoyote14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42687   W -111.08674        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of dirt slopes leading down into Coyote Gulch. Follow one of many use trails down into Coyote Gulch about 200 feet northeast.
  10. ChimCoyote13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42570   W -111.08949        Elev: NaN Feet
    Lower end of the slot about 400 feet long in the side drainage, continue northeast route finding your way along rolling slickrock about 900 feet to where dirt slopes lead down into Coyote Gulch.
  11. ChimCoyote12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42413   W -111.09136        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a small short shallow slot to walk around on the left (west) side. The route down into Coyote Gulch from here will roughly follow down along the left (west) side of this side drainage. Continue northeast route finding your way down rolling slickrock for about 900 feet as you bypass another slot in this drainage about 400 feet long.
  12. pkChimCoyoteA          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.41648   W -111.09846        Elev: 4,720 Feet
    Park at end of dirt road here to start the hike to many canyons in this area. Big Tony, DDI, Lower PINTAC, Headless Hen, Raven and others. To go toward Big Tony, walk northeast toward the indent seen on the mesa in the distance. Aim slight left (west) of the indent. Walk through rolling dirt desert about 0.6 miles to where the dirt begins to extend out into slickrock. To go toward Raven and Headless Hen, walk northwest on a bearing of about 326 degrees for about 0.65 miles to where the open desert begins to hit slickrock. A GPS or good navigation skills will be helpful here as there are no obvious landmarks.