Canyoneering Route Description

Raven Canyon 3A(B) III R
Headless Hen Canyon 4B III
Escalante National Monument, Utah

Quick Facts

10-06-12, 6 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 9.3 hours) Pictures Icon Time for combining Raven and Headless Hen.
10-08-16, 5 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 8 hours) - Raven Only - Includes 4 hour explore of minor slot west of Headless Hen.

Time Required - 8 to 11 - -  combining Raven and Headless Hen.
Distance - 6.1 miles Total, 1.5 miles Technical  - - combining Raven and Headless Hen.
Rappels - 0 Rappels, Lots of short raps or downclimbs into potholes and pothole escape work.
Elevation Range - 4720 - 4250 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - High Clearance, 4WD incase deep sand issues. Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Raven:
Body armor for abrasion, 35 foot rope and one potshot.   The rope and potshot are not mandatory but are a small amount of gear to haul in the event they are needed.  In cold months a farmer john wet suit may be a good idea since most of the water is wading with a couple spots possibly chest deep.

Headless Hen:
Body armor for abrasion, sandtrap, potshots, a few ropes in the 100 foot range to use various ways working through the potholes and any other pothole escape gear you like to use.

General Comments

The drive in to the trailhead has a section about 0.7 miles long of deep sand where high clearance / 4WD is recommended.

Raven and Headless Hen are next to one another and both short routes.  It is recommended to combine these routes into one day to get more bang for your buck.

Raven:
Raven is a short fun route full of stemming  / galumphing up to about 25 feet off the deck with moderate difficulty and the need to cross a few small silo / gapers that are not very wide and have good features to allow easy crossing but will place you up to 35 feet above the deck. While these silo / gapers are easy to cross, there is still potential to fall 35 feet to the canyon floor. This gives the canyon an R rating.

While there are no rappels or rope work needed in Raven, it is a good idea to have a short rope of about 35 feet and a potshot along. The short rope is to assist each other if needed and the potshot in case a pothole gets scoured out and you need it to help escape.   If you combine Raven and Headless Hen into one route you will have rope and potshots along anyway.

Some of the silos to cross in Raven have penalty points for a fall but all are physically easy to cross. Just mentally challenging as they look like black holes ready to suck up anyone who happens to slip in. One of the silos is a bit awkward to cross by going around a left corner / nose where a potshot may come in handy.

Multiple spots with waist to chest deep water possible.  Wet suits not mandatory but depending on recent rains there can be a few places of waist to chest deep water. Also If you find your self needing to go into a pothole for some reason you may get wet. The water spots are such that you are just in then out. In cold months a farmer john my be a good idea.

Headless Hen:
Headless Hen is pothole after pothole offering a totally different style of play than the stemming / galumphing in Raven.  Bring with you potshots and a few ropes around the 120 foot range to use in various way working through the potholes.

Headless Hen is a great place to practice pothole escape and crossing.  The canyon is short enough you can do laps on it if you want more practice.  There are a couple challenging potholes in the canyon and you should have some experienced people along to assist.

There are two short slots up canyon of the drop in for Headless Hen.  The first one is about 430 feet up canyon and is about 350 feet long with very sculpted walls and can be upclimbed and downclimbed.   A second slot farther up canyon is about 1200 feet farther up canyon and is about 900 feet long.  I have not looked at that second slot yet.

Note:
Unfortunately I did not collect as detailed of notes as I normally do for Headless Hen.  I hope to redo the canyon sometime and update accordingly.  There are sufficient details in this description but not the play by play style I usually have.

Warning:
One of the potholes near the end of Headless Hen is about 10 feet across and can be very deep (12 feet plus).  The down canyon side of that pothole has been known to have a sand slope making potshot placement difficult.  Tossing a potshot to the sand slope will have the potshot simply slide back into the pothole when someone tries to climb out.

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 of this route description.

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

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Details

The Approach:
From the parking spot (pkChimCoyoteA) 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.

When the route begins to hit slickrock (ChimCoyote21) Walk north-ish down the slickrock about 0.22 miles to an open area with lots of cottonwood trees (ChimCoyote22).

Note:
There are multiple spots where you can travel down the slickrock.  To find the spot this route description is referring to, a GPS may be helpful.

From the cottonwood trees (ChimCoyote22) walk north about 225 feet to get over to Coyote Gulch where the water is flowing over a small waterfall down into the head of a short slot in Coyote Gulch.

From the top of the water fall (jCyoteChimny2) cross over Coyote Gulch and follow use trails on the LDC (north) side as they go north then turn to the east following the rim of Coyote Gulch.

Note:
The use trails going along the rim are a bypass trail for people to bypass around the small water fall and the slot of about 100 feet while hiking Coyote Gulch.  For going to Raven and Headless Hen the route will start following this bypass trail then branch off to the north away from Coyote Gulch.

About 500 feet along the use trail on the rim is where the use trails begin to drop back down into Coyote Gulch (HeadlesRaven1).  To go to Raven and Headless Hen do not follow the use trails south back down into Coyote Gulch.  Instead turn north to drop down into a wide sandy wash, which is the non-technical portion of wash below Headless Hen and Raven.

Travel north up the wide sandy wash about 500 feet to the confluence of Headless Hen and Raven (jConfHeadRaven). 

From the confluence (jConfHeadRaven) continue north and route find your way up the dirt ridge running up between the two wide sandy washes.  Raven will be on the right (east) and Headless He will be on the left (west).

Almost 500 feet up the ridge turns from dirt to slickrock (HeadlesRaven2). Continue north up the slickrock ridge.

Almost 0.2 miles up the ridge is a spot (HeadlesRaven3) where you can walk right (east) and walk down into a portion of lower Raven or walk left (west) down to lower Headless Hen.  The ridge gives way to wider spaces of rolling slickrock where you can route find your way up to the top of Headless Hen or Raven.

Note:
If doing the combination of Raven and Headless Hen this make a good spot to stash un-needed gear and pick it back up before the next canyon.

To continue to the top of Raven, route find your way northeast about 0.6 miles roughly following the rim of Raven on your right (east) to the head of the Raven slot just below wide open sandy wash (yRavenTp).

To continue toward Headless Hen route find along the rim to the drop in point.  Optionally you can drop down into Headless hen as described here, go up Headless Hen a ways then go back up to the rim and route find to the head of the canyon.

Route find your way about 200 feet west down into Headless Hen (Headless35-EE).  Once down in Headless Hen, walk north up Headless Hen about 500 feet to the lower end of a series of small potholes.

Walk up canyon going around the series of about a dozen small potholes (Headless34) over about a 40 foot section then continue north up a wide slickrock trough for about 480 feet to the bottom of a deep pothole (Headless33).

The large pothole (Headless33) is about 10 feet across and was about 12 feet deep on our visit in 2012. The down canyon end of this pothole can have a sloped sandy hill exiting it making potshot tossing difficult since the potshots will not have anywhere to stick.  After evaluating the pothole on the approach walk around the potholes on the LUC / RDC (west) side.

Note:
On the approach evaluate this spot to see if you think you can escape it.  If there are doubts you can set a deadman anchor to assist with escape when you come back down the canyon.

About 160 feet up canyon is a short pothole filled side drainage (Headless32-EE) that drops in from the LDC (east) side.  On the approach use this side drainage as a way to exit up to the RUC / LDC (east) rim then to the top of Headless Hen.

When you get up the side drainage and onto the rolling slickrock rim on the east side route find your way north roughly following the rim of Headless Hen. 

After about 800 feet along the rim (Headles20), look across the canyon to the rim on the other (west) side for a large rock outcropping on a hill that looks like a headless hen about 500 to 600 feet away. Follow the rim until you are directly across from the headless hen outcropping then route find your way down into to the canyon just below that rock outcropping.

When you are directly across from the headless hen outcropping route find your way down into the canyon floor (yHeadlessTp).

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
Raven:
From the top of Raven (yRavenTp), where the slot begins below a wide open wash. Down canyon from the head is a slot about 200 feet long with low and easy stemming / galumphing and 2 sandy bottomed potholes to cross that may be up to chest deep if full. If the sand is scoured out by flooding, the potholes may be a little difficult to escape. 

After the slot is a short wide spot to walk down to the start of the next slot.

The next slot (Raven20) is about 350 feet long with mostly low and easy stemming / galumphing over small silos where you may find your self up to 15 feet off the deck. All the silo crossings are relatively easy and are shaped such that shorter people can easily drop down in them and stem up the other side.

Next is very shallow where you can walk out to the rim on either side (Raven21-EE) followed by is a slot about 200 feet long with easy / stemming / galumphing where you will be up to about 10 feet off the deck.

After the short slot is the start (Raven22-EE) of another shallow section of canyon where you can easily rim walk along the RDC (west) side to bypass a 325 foot long uninteresting section.

A little over 300 feet down canyon is the start (Raven23) of a deeper section where you need to galumph / stem down canyon and where the more physical portion of the canyon is.

Shortly down canyon is a moderately easy and secure feeling upclimb you will stem / galumph up at an angle to then travel about 15 feet off the deck.  Travel here works well with galumphing or back to feet stemming.

After the upclimb is a section of canyon a little over 300 feet long where you will be stemming / galumphing up to 25 feet off the deck with moderate difficulty. In this section are a few small silo / gapers to stem over, which all have good features and are not very wide.

Shortly down canyon is a large choke stone to go up over (Raven24) then galumph at an angle down to the canyon floor where you can walk in a deep narrow feeling slot. The slot will become skinny again forcing you up off the deck a few feet where you will stem / galumph to a silo about 300 feet down canyon of the big choke stone.

There will be 5 silos in this section. The first 3 silos are not too wide, have good features and easy to cross about 20 feet off the deck. These 3 silos, while not physically difficult to cross, do pose a mental challenge as they look and feel like black holes waiting to swallow you up if you fall in.

The 4th silo has a downclimb / slither of about 15 feet where you may need to jump down the last 3 feet to a sand floor.  The climb / stem up out of the down canyon side is easy and only a few feet up to where you will continue stemming / galumphing down canyon between skinny walls.

The 5th silo involves a wider sketchy feeling bridge to cross but with lower consequences over a shallow hole where a hand line can be set to assist people out if they go down in.

Just after the 5th silo is pothole to cross by going around an awkward nose on the LDC side. Send your better climber around first who can then reach out assist others by pulling them around the nose. A potshot or pack toss may a be a good idea here in case you can not get across it and sand scours out making the pothole deeper.

Note:
This pothole to cross with the awkward nose to go around on the LDC side while crossing can be crossed by tall people fairly easily.  I am 6 foot even and can barely reach to make this work.  To cross and go around the nose step over to the pothole and reach up and around the corner.  If you reach far enough you will find a solid edge to grab with a your hands and pull your self up around the nose and to the other side.  The hand grab spot is out of sight and feels scary to reach for since you do not want to fall in.  So support from behind can make this easier.

Shortly down canyon is rock pile debris (Raven25) where the canyon opens up after the deep silo section. Galumph down canyon and cross a few low and easy gapers before the canyon begins to widen allowing easy walking in an open area.

A little over 250 feet down canyon is a wide open spot in the canyon (Raven26-EE) where you can escape RDC up gently sloped slickrock.

Down canyon for about 400 feet is semi shallow v-shaped canyon where a long series of little potholes get deeper creating more twisted walls.

About 400 feet farther the canyon gets a little deeper (Raven27) but is still semi shallow where the potholes get deeper creating silo like features to galumph over only a few feet off the deck. Just before the end of this section is a pothole requiring a downclimb of 6 to 8 feet where a partner assist may be helpful both into and out of the pothole. With moderate effort the pothole can be partially downclimbed into then jumped over to avoid the water and climbing out.  Also of note are a few arches in various places along the canyon floor.

Shortly down canyon is the bottom of the technical portion of Raven canyon (yRavenBt) where it opens up to wide sandy wash.

Walk the sandy wash about 650 feet back to the confluence of Headless Hen and Raven (jConfHeadRaven).

Headless Hen:
Once down in Headless Hen (yHeadlessTp), turn left to start south down Headless Hen.  Down canyon is a mix of slickrock and shallow potholes for about 850 that are un-appealing and easy to bypass.

Note:
There are two short slots up canyon of here.  The first one is about 430 feet up canyon and is about 350 feet long with very sculpted walls and can be upclimbed and downclimbed.   A second slot farther up canyon is about 1200 feet farther up canyon and is about 900 feet long.  I have not looked at that second slot yet.

After bypassing the un-appealing 850 long section down from the head is (Headles30) Start of a committing stretch of canyon with a long string of potholes. The next 1000 feet of canyon is committing and is one pothole after another. Some large and some small. Bring pothole escape stuff, sandtrap and a few ropes in the 120 and shorter range. Be ready for some work to get through this section.  NOTE: I did not collect detailed info for this 1000 foot long section of canyon and would like to redo the canyon to update this part.

About 140 feet before the committing section ends is a large pothole (Headless31) known to have a sand hill on the down canyon side making potshot tosses difficult. The pothole is about 10 feet across and has been known to be over 12 feet deep. Depending on water levels, pothole depth and skills of your team a partner assist / dwarf toss may get someone up and out. Or you may need to toss potshots and hope they hold well enough on the sloped sand to get someone out.

After the 1000 foot section you will be back at the side drainage used to get up out of Headless Hen on the approach (Headless32-EE).  This is also the upper end of a section with about 10 potholes over about 120 feet that can easily be bypassed along the RDC rim or played through.

After bypassing the potholes is a drop in the wash (Headless33) of about 20 feet easily bypassed on the RDC side then back down to the wash below.

About 450 feet down canyon is a series of about a dozen small potholes (Headless34) over about a 40 foot section that are easily walked around.

After bypassing the small potholes walk down canyon about 500 feet to where you could exit (Headless35-EE) up the LDC (east) side up to the rim.  This is the same spot you dropped down into Headless Hen on the approach.

From here (Headless35-EE) you can escape up the LDC side and reverse the approach route back up and over to the confluence (jConfHeadRaven) of Raven and Headless Hen.  Or continue down canyon to see a lower slot about 275 feet down canyon (Headless36).  Note: on my visit we did not play through the lower slot and instead exited the canyon here.  I would would like to revisit the canyon and see what is in the lower slot.

The Exit:
From the confluence at the bottoms of Headless Hen and Raven (jConfHeadRaven) you can follow north up the ridge between them to go do the other route you have not done yet if combining the routes into one day.  Or you can return back to the car park by reversing the approach route.

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.

Headless Hen and Raven (1) - Drive into 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: 0 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
  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.
  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.
Headless Hen and Raven (2) - Approach to Conf. Headless Raven
  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. ChimCoyote21          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42447   W -111.10533        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route begins to hit slickrock here. This is a semi arbitrary point since you can get travel down the slick rock almost anywhere here. Walk north-ish down the slickrock about 0.22 miles to an open area with lots of cottonwood trees.
  3. ChimCoyote22          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42717   W -111.10375        Elev: NaN Feet
    Big open area with lots of cottonwood trees. Walk north about 225 feet to get over to Coyote Gulch where the water is flowing over a small waterfall down into the head of a short slot in Coyote Gulch.
  4. jCyoteChimny2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42777   W -111.10342        Elev: 4,250 Feet
    Top of a small waterfall down into the head of slot in Coyote Gulch. To go over to Raven and Headless Hen, cross over Coyote Gulch and follow use trails on the LDC (north) side as they go north then turn to the east following the rim of Coyote Gulch. Note:The use trails going along the rim are a bypass trail for people to bypass around the small water fall and the slot of about 100 feet while hiking Coyote Gulch.  For going to Raven and Headless Hen the route will start following this bypass trail then branch off to the north away from Coyote Gulch.
  5. HeadlesRaven1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42854   W -111.10225        Elev: 4,273 Feet
    This is where the use trails that are bypassing a slot in Coyote Gulch begin to drop back down to Coyote Gulch. To go to Raven and Headless Hen do not follow the use trails south back down into Coyote Gulch. Instead turn north to drop down into a wide sandy wash, which is the non-technical portion of wash below Headless Hen and Raven. Travel north up the wide sandy wash about 500 feet to the confluence of Headless Hen and Raven.
  6. jConfHeadRaven          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42976   W -111.10258        Elev: 4,270 Feet
    Confluence of the Headless Hen and Raven drainages. To start the approach up to Headless Hen or Raven continue north and route find your way up the dirt ridge running up between the two wide sandy washes. Raven will be on the right (east) and Headless He will be on the left (west).
Headless Hen and Raven (3) - Appraoch Confluence to Raven
  1. jConfHeadRaven          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42976   W -111.10258        Elev: 4,270 Feet
    Confluence of the Headless Hen and Raven drainages. To start the approach up to Headless Hen or Raven continue north and route find your way up the dirt ridge running up between the two wide sandy washes. Raven will be on the right (east) and Headless He will be on the left (west).
  2. HeadlesRaven2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43098   W -111.10255        Elev: NaN Feet
    Ridge between Raven and Headless Hen turns from dirt to slickrock about here. Continue north up the slickrock ridge.
  3. HeadlesRaven3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43362   W -111.10212        Elev: NaN Feet
    A spot where you can walk right (east) and walk down into a portion of lower Raven or walk left (west) down to lower Headless Hen. The ridge gives way to wider spaces of rolling slickrock where you can route find your way up to the top of Headless Hen or Raven. If doing the combination of Raven and Headless Hen this make a good spot to stash un-needed gear and pick it back up before the next canyon To continue up to Raven, route find your way northeast about 0.6 miles roughly following the rim of Raven on your right (east). To continue up to Headless Hen you could route find along the rim to the drop in point.  A better option is to drop down into then follow up a section of Headless Hen to evaluate a difficult pothole then go back to the rim and route find your way to the rim. Route find your way about 200 feet west down into Headless Hen.
  4. yRavenTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43859   W -111.09377        Elev: 4,530 Feet
    Top entry of Raven Canyon where the slot begins below a wide open wash. Down canyon from the head is a slot about 200 feet long with low and easy stemming / galumphing and 2 sandy bottomed potholes to cross that may be up to chest deep if full. If the sand is scoured out by flooding, the potholes may be a little difficult to escape. After the slot is a short wide spot to walk.
Headless Hen and Raven (4) - Approach - confluence to Headless
  1. jConfHeadRaven          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42976   W -111.10258        Elev: 4,270 Feet
    Confluence of the Headless Hen and Raven drainages. To start the approach up to Headless Hen or Raven continue north and route find your way up the dirt ridge running up between the two wide sandy washes. Raven will be on the right (east) and Headless He will be on the left (west).
  2. HeadlesRaven2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43098   W -111.10255        Elev: NaN Feet
    Ridge between Raven and Headless Hen turns from dirt to slickrock about here. Continue north up the slickrock ridge.
  3. HeadlesRaven3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43362   W -111.10212        Elev: NaN Feet
    A spot where you can walk right (east) and walk down into a portion of lower Raven or walk left (west) down to lower Headless Hen. The ridge gives way to wider spaces of rolling slickrock where you can route find your way up to the top of Headless Hen or Raven. If doing the combination of Raven and Headless Hen this make a good spot to stash un-needed gear and pick it back up before the next canyon To continue up to Raven, route find your way northeast about 0.6 miles roughly following the rim of Raven on your right (east). To continue up to Headless Hen you could route find along the rim to the drop in point.  A better option is to drop down into then follow up a section of Headless Hen to evaluate a difficult pothole then go back to the rim and route find your way to the rim. Route find your way about 200 feet west down into Headless Hen.
  4. Headless35-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43405   W -111.10272        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop into Headless Hen roughly here on the approach. Then walk north up Headless Hen about 500 feet to the lower end of a series of small potholes. On the way out you can also escape here on the LDC side back to the approach route to bypass the lower narrows or continue down canyon to see a lower slot about 275 feet down canyon. Note: on my visit we did not play through the lower slot and instead exited the canyon here. I would would like to revisit the canyon and see what is in the lower slot.
  5. Headless34          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43543   W -111.10265        Elev: 0 Feet
    Series of about a dozen small potholes over about a 40 foot section that are easily walked around. On the way up canyon on the approach continue north up Headless Hen for about 480 feet to the bottom of a deep pothole.
  6. Headless33          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43647   W -111.10192        Elev: 0 Feet
    Drop in the wash of about 20 feet easily bypassed on the RDC side then back down to the wash below.
  7. Headless32-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43680   W -111.10158        Elev: 0 Feet
    A short pothole filled side drainage that drops in from the LDC (east) side. On the approach use this side drainage as a way to exit up to the RUC / LDC (east) rim then to the top of Headless Hen. This is the upper end of a section with about 10 potholes over about 120 feet that can easily be bypassed along the RDC rim or played through.
  8. Headles20          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43965   W -111.10013        Elev: 4,537 Feet
    When you get a few hundred feet from the drop in point, look across the canyon to the rim on the other (west) side for a large rock outcropping on a hill that looks like a headless hen about 500 to 600 feet away. Follow the rim until you are directly across from the headless hen outcropping then route find your way down into to the canyon just below that rock outcropping.
  9. yHeadlessTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44115   W -111.09935        Elev: 0 Feet
    When you are directly across from the headless hen outcropping route find your way down into the canyon floor. Down canyon is a mix of slickrock and shallow potholes for about 850 that are un-appealing and easy to bypass. Note: There are two short slots up canyon of here. The first one is about 430 feet up canyon and is about 350 feet long with very sculpted walls and can be upclimbed and downclimbed. A second slot farther up canyon is about 1200 feet farther up canyon and is about 900 feet long. I have not looked at that second slot yet.
Headless Hen and Raven (5) - Raven Canyon
  1. yRavenTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43859   W -111.09377        Elev: 4,530 Feet
    Top entry of Raven Canyon where the slot begins below a wide open wash. Down canyon from the head is a slot about 200 feet long with low and easy stemming / galumphing and 2 sandy bottomed potholes to cross that may be up to chest deep if full. If the sand is scoured out by flooding, the potholes may be a little difficult to escape. After the slot is a short wide spot to walk.
  2. Raven20          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43826   W -111.09470        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a slot about 350 feet long with mostly low and easy stemming / galumphing over small silos where you may find your self up to 15 feet off the deck. All the silo crossings are relatively easy and are shaped such that shorter people can easily drop down in them and stem up the other side.
  3. Raven21-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43755   W -111.09603        Elev: NaN Feet
    Slot is very shallow here where you can walk out to the rim on either side followed by is a slot about 200 feet long with easy / stemming / galumphing where you will be up to about 10 feet off the deck.
  4. Raven22-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43691   W -111.09640        Elev: NaN Feet
    Up canyon side of a shallow section of canyon where you can easily rim walk along the RDC (west) side to bypass a 325 foot long uninteresting section.
  5. Raven23          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43624   W -111.09722        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a deeper section where you need to galumph / stem down canyon and where the more physical portion of the canyon is. Shortly down canyon is a moderately easy and secure feeling upclimb you will stem / galumph up at an angle to then travel about 15 feet off the deck. Travel here works well with galumphing or back to feet stemming. After the upclimb is a section of canyon a little over 300 feet long where you will be stemming / galumphing up to 25 feet off the deck with moderate difficulty. In this section are a few small silo / gapers to stem over, which all have good features and are not very wide.
  6. Raven24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43584   W -111.09827        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large choke stone to go up over then galumph at an angle down to the canyon floor where you can walk in a deep narrow feeling slot. The slot will become skinny again forcing you up off the deck a few feet where you will stem / galumph to a silo about 300 feet down canyon of the big choke stone. There will be 5 silos in this section. The first 3 silos are not too wide, have good features and easy to cross about 20 feet off the deck. These 3 silos, while not physically difficult to cross, do pose a mental challenge as they look and feel like black holes waiting to swallow you up if you fall in. The 4th silo has a downclimb / slither of about 15 feet where you may need to jump down the last 3 feet to a sand floor. The climb / stem up out of the down canyon side is easy and only a few feet up to where you will continue stemming / galumphing down canyon between skinny walls. The 5th silo involves a wider sketchy feeling bridge to cross but with lower consequences over a shallow hole where a hand line can be set to assist people out if they go down in. Just after the 5th silo is pothole to cross by going around an awkward nose on the LDC side. Send your better climber around first who can then reach out assist others by pulling them around the nose. A potshot or pack toss may a be a good idea here in case you can not get across it and sand scours out making the pothole deeper. Note: This pothole to cross with the awkward nose to go around on the LDC side while crossing can be crossed by tall people fairly easily. I am 6 foot even and can barely reach to make this work. To cross and go around the nose step over to the pothole and reach up and around the corner. If you reach far enough you will find a solid edge to grab with a your hands and pull your self up around the nose and to the other side. The hand grab spot is out of sight and feels scary to reach for since you do not want to fall in. So support from behind can make this easier.
  7. Raven25          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43367   W -111.10066        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rock pile debris where the canyon opens up after the deep silo section. Galumph down canyon and cross a few low and easy gapers before the canyon begins to widen allowing easy walking in an open area.
  8. Raven26-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43328   W -111.10161        Elev: 4,350 Feet
    Wide open spot in the canyon where you can escape RDC up gently sloped slickrock. Down canyon from here for about 400 feet is semi shallow v-shaped canyon where a long series of little potholes get deeper creating more twisted walls.
  9. Raven27          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43219   W -111.10176        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon gets a little deeper but is still semi shallow where the potholes get deeper creating silo like features to galumph over only a few feet off the deck. Just before the end of this section is a pothole requiring a downclimb of 6 to 8 feet where a partner assist may be helpful both into and out of the pothole. With moderate effort the pothole can be partially downclimbed into then jumped over to avoid the water and climbing out. Also of note are a few arches in various places along the canyon floor.
  10. yRavenBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43139   W -111.10214        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of the technical portion of Raven canyon where it opens up to wide sandy wash.
  11. jConfHeadRaven          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42976   W -111.10258        Elev: 4,270 Feet
    Confluence of the Headless Hen and Raven drainages. To start the approach up to Headless Hen or Raven continue north and route find your way up the dirt ridge running up between the two wide sandy washes. Raven will be on the right (east) and Headless He will be on the left (west).
Headless Hen and Raven (6) - Headless Hen Canyon
  1. yHeadlessTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44115   W -111.09935        Elev: 0 Feet
    When you are directly across from the headless hen outcropping route find your way down into the canyon floor. Down canyon is a mix of slickrock and shallow potholes for about 850 that are un-appealing and easy to bypass. Note: There are two short slots up canyon of here. The first one is about 430 feet up canyon and is about 350 feet long with very sculpted walls and can be upclimbed and downclimbed. A second slot farther up canyon is about 1200 feet farther up canyon and is about 900 feet long. I have not looked at that second slot yet.
  2. Headles30          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43940   W -111.10102        Elev: 0 Feet
    Start of a committing stretch of canyon with a long string of potholes. The next 1000 feet of canyon is committing and is one pothole after another. Some large and some small. Bring pothole escape stuff, sandtrap and a few ropes in the 120 and shorter range. Be ready for some work to get through this section. Note: I did not collect detailed info for this 1000 foot long section of canyon and would like to redo the canyon to update this part.
  3. Headless32-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43680   W -111.10158        Elev: 0 Feet
    A short pothole filled side drainage that drops in from the LDC (east) side. On the approach use this side drainage as a way to exit up to the RUC / LDC (east) rim then to the top of Headless Hen. This is the upper end of a section with about 10 potholes over about 120 feet that can easily be bypassed along the RDC rim or played through.
  4. Headless33          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43647   W -111.10192        Elev: 0 Feet
    Drop in the wash of about 20 feet easily bypassed on the RDC side then back down to the wash below.
  5. Headless34          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43543   W -111.10265        Elev: 0 Feet
    Series of about a dozen small potholes over about a 40 foot section that are easily walked around. On the way up canyon on the approach continue north up Headless Hen for about 480 feet to the bottom of a deep pothole.
  6. Headless35-EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43405   W -111.10272        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop into Headless Hen roughly here on the approach. Then walk north up Headless Hen about 500 feet to the lower end of a series of small potholes. On the way out you can also escape here on the LDC side back to the approach route to bypass the lower narrows or continue down canyon to see a lower slot about 275 feet down canyon. Note: on my visit we did not play through the lower slot and instead exited the canyon here. I would would like to revisit the canyon and see what is in the lower slot.
  7. jConfHeadRaven          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.42976   W -111.10258        Elev: 4,270 Feet
    Confluence of the Headless Hen and Raven drainages. To start the approach up to Headless Hen or Raven continue north and route find your way up the dirt ridge running up between the two wide sandy washes. Raven will be on the right (east) and Headless He will be on the left (west).
Headless Hen and Raven (7) - Misc points for Headless Hen
  1. HeadlesOpt2TP          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44734   W -111.09773        Elev: 0 Feet
    Top of an upper optional slot for Headless Hen. I have not went up to see what is in this one yet.
  2. Headlesopt2Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44571   W -111.09744        Elev: 0 Feet
    Bottom of an uper optional slot for Headless hen. I have not went up to see what is in this one yet.
  3. HeadlesOpt1Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44259   W -111.09746        Elev: 0 Feet
    Top of an optionl slot about 350 feet long.
  4. HeadlesOpt1Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44202   W -111.09833        Elev: 0 Feet
    Down canyon end of an optinal slot about 350 feet long that you can upclimb and downclimb if you want to hike up here and add a little activity to yur day. It is narrow and sculpted in the lower half so it is a little physical.
  5. HeadlessHenRk          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.44191   W -111.10119        Elev: 0 Feet
    Rock that looks like a headless hen when viewd from near the head of Headless Hen canyon.
  6. Headless36          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.43341   W -111.10319        Elev: 0 Feet
    Start of what looks like a lower slot of Headless Hen. I have not yet explored down this slot.