Canyoneering Route Description

Friends With Bennies Canyon - 3(4)A(B) III
Ticaboo Mesa, Utah 

Quick Facts

03-18-17, 11 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 8.3 hours) Pictures Icon Lots of extra time spent looking various things in the area.

Time Required - 6 to 7 hours
Distance - 5.3 miles Total, 0.5 miles Technical  Distance includes a mandatory lake swim of about 0.2 miles
Rappels - 1 Rappels, Longest Rappel 20 feet.  (Bring 60 foot rope, rap length will change with lake level - see notes)
Elevation Range - 4130 - 3590 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 2 Miles 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 60 feet and 40 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Wet suits may be needed for a 0.2 mile swim in the lake.  If the lake levels are low you may need some advanced anchor building know how to set and anchor for the last rap.  If lake levels are high enough you can lower the first person to check water and the rest can jump.  See general comments.

General Comments

A few names for the canyon were tossed around during the day, but nothing seemed to stick. We were all looking forward to a good nights sleep and the Benadryl got passed around as a sleep aid. Most of us were taking the Benadryl and joking about how we were all out doing drugs to get a good night sleep. Tracy yelled out the canyon should be called Friends With Bennies! A rush of laughter filled camp and the name stuck!

Friends With Bennies, has only a short technical section, but is a very fun adventure with a little out of the ordinary variety. The approach route drops down into then out the other side of Smith Fork, around the top of lower Pothoez Canyon crosses over Psycho D Canyon then over to Downward Spiral Canyon. Once at Downward Spiral Canyon the route continues 2 drainages south to the Friends With Bennies drainage. The upper 0.7 miles of the Friends With Bennies drainage is shallow with a few potholes and drops to walk around before getting to the final 0.2 mile portion of the canyon. 

The final portion of the canyon has a a few obstacles before reaching the only rappel, or should I say jump down into the lake / Smith Fork. The rappel can be jumped if the lake level is high enough (check the lake level prior to your trip!). After getting down into Smith Fork, you will need to swim about 0.25 miles to where you can exit Smith Fork on the other side. The exit is also lake level dependent, (be sure to check the level first). From there you hike back up the exit used for Grease Monkey Canyon back to your car.

A great round trip route that crosses a few canyons, has short technical section, may have a jump to the water and will have a long swim for an exit. See what I mean about out of the ordinary variety?

When navigating to Friend With Bennies Canyon, a GPS or good map reading skills are recommended. The terrain is forgiving and mostly easy to travel, but still convoluted enough where people may mistakenly drop into the wrong drainage. Easy to follow directions for the later part of the approach are made difficult due to the rolling slickrock with almost no distinct landmarks. Bring your route finding skills!

Friends With Bennies Canyon itself is dry and would be rated as a dry canyon, but you will need cold water protection and floatation for the long swim in Smith Fork. This is the reason for the A(B) rating. A rope may be needed to assist people across a deep pothole / silo near the end of the canyon which can be a tricky spot for some people. A rope also should be provided for the first person down the final drop to confirm it can be jumped or not.  If the final drop needs to be rappelled, finding a good anchor will be a real challenge. This is the reason for the 3(4) rating in technical difficulty.

The only rappel in the canyon is at the end and drops down into Smith Fork. If the lake level is high enough the final drop can be jumped into water so no rope is needed. However if the lake level is too low, the drop will need to be rappelled. There are no good anchor points for the final drop and a solid choke stone may need to be farmed from up canyon IF one can be found. Optionally a JellyFish Anchor works very well in the crack, if you happen to have one.  If jumping, send one person down on rope first to be sure the water is deep enough and free of obstacles. Bring a rope even if you think you will be able to jump.

Warning:
The final drop in Friends With Bennies Canyon and the exit up out of Smith Fork are both lake level dependent. Check the lake level prior to descending Friends with Bennies. If the lake level is at 3591 feet, the route can be done as described here. If the lake level is higher than 3591 feet the exit up out of Smith Fork will start up sloped slick rock right out of the water with no shelf to swim to first and will have a shorter final rap / jump. If the lake level is lower than 3591 feet, the exit up out of the water in Smith Fork may be more difficult or not possible and the drop at the end of Friends with Bennies may not be able to be jumped.  If this is the case it will be important to send people down the final part of the canyon to confirm the final drop can be negotiated safely.

It may be a good idea to spend an extra hour or two at the start of the day and hike from the exit vehicle down to where the route exits Smith fork near Grease Monkey Canyon. This will confirm if you can easily exit Smith Fork prior to starting the route.

Lake level on 2017-03-18 was 3591 feet and we were able to jump about 20 to 25 feet down to deep water.

Check here for Lake Powell Water Data.  The highest the lake has been was 3708.34 feet on 07-14-83.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

Note:
There are a lot of roads in the Ticaboo Mesa area.  It is difficult to make driving directions simple so a good look at a map is recommended before driving out there the first time.

The Smith Fork area of Ticaboo can be accessed from another road farther south than the drive in described here.  That road crosses Hansen Creek and can be a rougher route in.  The route described here is over all much smoother. 

Warm The parking spot for Psychological Damage is about 10.2 miles from the high way on dirt roads.

The junction of highways 95 and 276 is about 26 miles south on highway 95 from Hanksville Utah. 

From the junction of highways 95 and 276, drive south on highway 276 for 25.6 miles to the turn off for a dirt road on the left (east) side of the road (extTicaboo1).  This exit is between mile markers 25 and 26.  Turn left (east) onto the dirt road and drive east.

About 1.5 miles down the dirt road is a junction (TicabooDP-01) to a side road on the right going south.  Turn right at this junction and drive south on a dirt road.

About 1 miles down the road will be a side road (TicabooDP-50) that leaves the main road on the left (east) then loops back to rejoin the main road about 350 feet farther.  Continue south on the main road.

About 1.2 miles farther is a side road (TicabooDP-51) that joins in from the left (east).  Continue south.

About 2.4 farther the road turns sharp left (TicabooDP-52) and goes from traveling south to now traveling southeast then east.

About 1.2 miles farther will be a side road (TicabooDP-53) joining from the right (south).  This is just before reaching Danish Knoll.  Continue east toward Danish Knoll to get to the Smith Fork area.

About 0.5 miles farther is a fork in the road (TicabooDP-54).  To get to the lower section of Smith Fork veer right and continue south east.

Note:
If you were going for canyons in the upper portion of Smith Fork you would veer left at this fork and travel east.

About 0.8 miles farther is a fork in the road (TicabooDP-55). On the way into the lower portion Smith Fork staying right is said to be a smoother drive.  Either fork can be taken as they rejoin about half a mile ahead.

About 0.5 miles farther is where the forked roads rejoin (TicabooDP-56).  Continue past this junction.

About 0.6 miles farther is another fork (TicabooDP-57).  Either fork can be taken since the road rejoins about 0.2 miles farther (TicabooDP-58)

About 0.2 miles the road drops down to cross a low point (pkSmithForkLwr).  There is a wide shallow wash crossing the road here running down to the north east.  Park here where there is plenty of level space to park off to the side of the road. 

About 0.2 miles farther is a low point in the road with a wide shallow wash (pkSmithForkLwr) crossing the road.  Park here to start the route for Friends With Bennies Canyon.  Continue driving south to go to Grease Monkey or Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.

To set the exit vehicle you will drive farther south.

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

From where you start the Friends With Bennies route (pkSmithForkLwr) continue driving south on the road.

About 1 mile farther is a road junction on the right (west) at the apex of a sharp left hand bend (almost u-turn) in the road. Continue around the left hand bend and continue east along the main road.

Note:
The exit to the right (west) is a road to a large watering pond about 0.25 miles away.

About 0.5 miles farther the road makes a right bend to travel south again.

About 0.4 miles farther is where you park to start the Grease Monkey route (pkGMonkey).  There is a shallow drainage crossing the road but no major landmarks to use for navigation. As a navigation aid for the drive in, this spot is about 380 feet before reaching a sharp right hand bend in the road.  If you you go too far and get to the bend you can also park there and to start.

Park here (pkGMonkey) to set the exit vehicle for Friends with Bennies.

Note:
This is also where you would start and end the route for Grease Monkey which is why it makes a good combination with Friends With Bennies if you want a slightly longer day with more fun packed in.

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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Map of the drive into the route.
Map of the entire route.
Map of the technical section and swim exit.
Map of the exit.

Details

The Approach:
From the parking spot (pkSmithForkLwr), leave the dirt road and walk north east down the wide shallow drainage.

About 0.4 miles from the parking spot will be a drop in the wash of about 40 feet (wSmithLwrRP-01).  From the top of this drop walk up onto the rim to the left (north) to get to a ridge running north east.

About 0.25 miles north east is the end of the ridge you have been following out on a point (wSmithLwrRP-02).  While in this area take a moment to walk over to the north side of the ridge for a good view over a large bend in Smith Fork below.

From the point route find your way down the ledges on the right (south east) side of the point.  You may find a faint path running over to a good place to start down.  To get down off the point find your way down a couple of down climbs descending the ledges down to the slick rock below.

After getting down off the point walk south east down the slick rock toward a pot hole filled drainage about 450 feet away.  Cross over the drainage (wSmithLwrRP-03)

After crossing the pot hole filled drainage, route find your way down the slick rock and into Smith Fork near the bottom of the drainage (jSmithFkLwr1).  When you get down into Smith Fork turn right and walk south down stream in Smith Fork.

About 0.25 miles down Smith Fork is where the bottom of the Psycho D and Pothoez drainage (yPsychD-Bt) meets Smith Fork.

To exit up out of Smith Fork and continue the approach to Psycho D, Pothoez and other slots in the area, look for the point / ridge that drops down to Smith Fork just north of the bottom of the Psycho D / Pothoeze drainage.  This is the ridge that divides Smith Fork from the Pothoez drainage.

Route find your way up onto the ledge running along the Smith Fork (west) side of this ridge and follow it north for about 200 feet to find the bottom of a slope leading up to a rocky saddle on the ridge.

Scramble up the dirt and rock slope up to the saddle on the ridge (wPsychoD-RP-01).  This saddle is about 200 feet north of the Psycho D / Pothoez Drainage.  From the saddle / notch on the ridge scramble north up the steep slick rock ridge.  The first 50 or 60 feet of this are very steep and you will need hands and feet for traction.  After the first steep part the route levels off a bit to allow easy travel on rolling slick rock.

As you top out on the slick rock, veer right and route find your way north east roughly following the rim of Pothoez which is now on your right (south east).

About 400 feet along the rim you will find a spot where you can drop into Pothoez (jPothoezPosEx1) if you would enjoy looking at a small section of it.

Continue walking northeast roughly following Pothoez for about 1200 feet to a wide sandy spot in the Pothoez drainage (yPothoez-Md).  This sandy spot is where you could drop down into lower Pothoez if you only wanted to do the lower section.

To continue over to Downward Spiral cross the Pothoez drainage here and continue south up the slick rock to for about 500 feet to a top out (wPsychoD-RP-02).  The drainage just south of this top out is the lower portion of Psycho D.  From this top out is where you choose to go south toward Downward Spiral or east to continue up to the top of Psycho D.

Note:
If you were traveling to the top of Psycho D you would turn left and travel east and follow the side of Psycho D.

To continue over to Downward Spiral and other canyons, continue south and drop down the large cross joint going down into Psycho D.   A little over 500 feet will be the bottom of the cross joint where you will be down in Lower Psycho D (jPsychoPosExt).  Once down in lower Psycho D scramble up the cross joint on the other side to continue south.

As you scramble up the cross joint the terrain gets more forgiving and travel is easy.  Continue south about .35 miles and descend down the slick rock slope down into a wide open sandstone wash area in Downward Spiral (jDwnSprlMid).

After dropping into the wide open wash of Downward Spiral (jDwnSprlMid) cross over Downward Spiral and continue south.

About 0.2 miles farther is a sort of pass like spot (FriendsWB01) with a flat sandy area to the north and a huge flat sandy area to the south. To go to Friends with Bennies Canyon continue south.

About 0.3 miles farther the route crosses over (FriendsWB02) a drainage running down to the west. To go to Friends with Bennies cross this drainage and continue south.

About 0.4 miles farther the route enters the Friends With Bennies drainage. Travel southwest down the drainage.  About 70 feet down canyon of here are a few potholes to easily walk around.

Note:
The start of the technical portion is about 0.7 miles down the drainage from here with multiple potholes and drops to easily walk around.

About 500 feet down the drainage is a drop of about 15 feet (FriendsWB03) followed by a drop of about 6 feet down to a large pool with a sandy exit. All of which is easily walked around.

About 150 feet farther is a side drainage (FriendsWB04) on the LDC side has about a 200 foot series of potholes. Down canyon of hear the drainage begins to narrow up a little but all of the obstacles are still easily walked around.

About 250 feet farther is the start of a short section (FriendsWB05) of shallow V-slot to galumph through or can be easily walked around.

A little over 200 feet farther is a sloped downclimb (FriendsWB06) in a V-slot down to a pool. All of which is easily walked around.

About 250 feet farther are a few potholes (FriendsWB07) with a couple drops of about 8 then 12 feet. All of which is easily walked around then an easy scramble back down to the canyon floor.

About 250 feet farther is a pothole (FriendsWB08) that may be a little difficult to get out of with a drop of about 8 feet on the other side to a pool with a sandy exit to more wash. This section is easily walked around on the LDC side for about 300 feet to where you can walk back down innto the sandy wash below.

About 1000 feet farther are two large potholes (FriendsWB09) to easily walk around on the RDC side.

About 400 feet farther is a 10 foot drop (yFriendsWB-Tp) marking the start of the canyon. 

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
From the start of the canyon (yFriendsWB-Tp ) bypass the 0 foot drop and two large potholes below by scrambling around on the RDC side then scrambling down a steep slope into the wide trough shaped canyon about 80 feet away. Continuing down canyon is a long chain of smaller step over potholes along the nearly level trough for 170 feet around slight right hand bend.

Just around the bend is a larger pothole (FriendsWB10) near the end of the long chain of smaller potholes that is easily traversed on the LDC side.

About 200 feet down canyon is a downclimb (FriendsWB11) of about 8 feet at the start of a series of potholes dropping down a slope. After the downclimb, the other potholes and be walked around.

About 150 feet farther is a very large water filled pothole (FriendsWB12) with a drop of close to 20 feet to get down to it. With very careful movement you can downclimb and traverse diagonally down along the RDC side to bypass pothole. This is a spicy slab traverse and may be an issue for some. Large sandy open area just down canyon.

About 80 feet down canyon is are a couple small potholes (FriendsWB13) to step over followed by a deep pothole / silo that can be jumped or matrixed over on the RDC side. Taller people can bridge over it. Once the first person is across a rope can be set up to get others down through the pothole. If there are those who can not cross on their own and need rope here, this spot can chew up a little time.  Just after the pothole / silo is deep, narrow, fluted slot dropping down toward Smith Fork.

Warning:
The final drop in the canyon can be jumped to water IF the lake level is high enough. If the lake level is too low the drop will need to be rappelled. There are no good anchor points for the final drop and a solid choke stone may need to be farmed from up canyon IF one can be found. Optionally a JellyFish Anchor works very well in the crack, if you happen to have one.

The final drop in the canyon (dFriendsWB-R1) is the only rap for Friends With Bennies Canyon. There are no solid anchor spots in the slot above the rappel. Send down a couple people to be sure the final drop is able to be jumped to the lake before committing the entire group. If jumping send one person down on rope first to be sure the water is deep enough and free of obstacles.  If the drop can not be jumped people up canyon can look for rocks to use for an anchor.

After getting down the drop, swim about 190 feet out to Smith Fork then turn right and swim north up Smith Fork.

Note:
Lake level on 2017-03.18 was 3591 feet and we were able to jump about 20 to 25 feet down to deep water.

The total swim is about 0.2 miles and wetsuits are a good idea.  About 300 feet after turning up into Smith Fork may be a rock debris ledge (FriendsWB14) exposed where you can take a break from swimming (exposed when the lake is around 3590 feet of elevation. From here swim northwest crossing Smith Fork as you continue to swim up Smith Fork.  Aim for the sloped slick rock about 650 feet away that is just down stream of Grease Monkey Canyon on the west side of Smith Fork.

The Exit:
From where you exit Smith Fork just down stream of Grease Monkey (GMonkey10Ex) you will be on a shelf that sticks out of the water at about lake level 3591 ft.  Go up steep slickrock which eventually gives way to more gentle slopes, then rim walk along Grease Monkey Canyon to near the head.  About 225 feet up from the lake you can find a section of faded steps cut into the rock if you look close.

Note:
Lower lake levels may make this more difficult or impossible to exit. With higher lake levels the shelf will not be visible but the sloped slick rock can be used to exit the water.

From the faded steps (GMonkey11Stp) cut into the rock continue west up steep slickrock.

Continue up to the west roughly rim walking along Grease Monkey canyon (which will be on your right, north) for about 0.3 miles to the base of a ravine (GMonkey04) about 250 feet south of Grease Monkey.

From the base of the ravine (GMonkey04) scramble up a short steep section of slickrock to the left (south) of the ravine then scramble your way into the across the other side of the ravine.

After getting to the top of the ravine (GMonkey03) route find northwest over into then follow up the shallow drainage back to the road (pkGMonkey)about 0.33 miles away.

GPS Waypoint Information

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Friends With Bennies (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. extTicaboo1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69720   W -110.67138        Elev: 4,520 Feet
    Exit off of highway 276 onto BLM road 13400 to get to the Ticaboo Mesa area. Turn east and leave the highway on a dirt road. Near Mile post 25.
  2. TicabooDP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68607   W -110.65188        Elev: NaN Feet
    Continue straight for the main area of Ticaboo Mesa. Or Turn right (south) here for an alternate route over toward the Smith Fork Canyons.
  3. TicabooDP-50          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67376   W -110.65978        Elev: NaN Feet
    A road that makes a small loop off of the main road and rejoins about 350 feet farther. Continue south.
  4. TicabooDP-51          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65940   W -110.66933        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side road joins in from the left (east). Continue south to continue to the Smith Fork area.
  5. TicabooDP-52          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63310   W -110.69364        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road into Smith Fork area turns sharp left from south to east.
  6. TicabooDP-53          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.62164   W -110.68041        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side road joins in from the right (south). Continue east to get to the Smith Fork Area. Turning right (south) will take you down toward Hansen Creek on a road marked as 13410.
  7. TicabooDP-54          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.62069   W -110.67088        Elev: 4,212 Feet
    Fork in the road. On the drive in veer left and drive east toward the upper portion of Smith Fork or veer right and drive southeast toward the lower poriton of Smith Fork.
  8. TicabooDP-55          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.61251   W -110.66280        Elev: NaN Feet
    Fork in the road. Eitehr works but staying right at the fork is smoother travel toward Psycho D.
  9. TicabooDP-56          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60612   W -110.66243        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction where the roads that forked on the way in - rejoin.
  10. TicabooDP-57          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60168   W -110.65488        Elev: 4,178 Feet
    Fork in the road where the road splits for a short distance then rejoins shortly after.
  11. TicabooDP-58          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60169   W -110.65166        Elev: 4,118 Feet
    Road rejoins here after the previous fork on the drive in.
  12. pkSmithForkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59944   W -110.64949        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Low point in the road with a wide shallow wash crossing the road. Park here to start Pothoez, Psycho D, Downward Spiral, Friends With Bennies and other canyons. Continue driving south to go to Grease Monkey or Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.
Friends With Bennies (2) - Set Exit Vehicle
  1. pkSmithForkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59944   W -110.64949        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Low point in the road with a wide shallow wash crossing the road. Park here to start Pothoez, Psycho D, Downward Spiral, Friends With Bennies and other canyons. Continue driving south to go to Grease Monkey or Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.
  2. exTicaOasis          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59049   W -110.65421        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road junction on the right (west) at the apex of a sharp left hand bend (almost u-turn) in the road. Continue around the left hand bend and continue east along the main road. Exit to the right (west) is a road to a large watering pond about 0.25 miles away.
  3. pkGMonkey          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58551   W -110.64553        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Park here for Grease Monkey Canyon or to set an exit vehicle for Friends With Bennies Canyon. There is a shallow drainage crossing the road but no major landmarks to use for navigation. As a navigation aid for the drive in, this spot is about 380 feet before reaching a sharp right hand bend in the road. To go to Wet Monkey Canyon walk east following down a shallow drainage.
Friends With Bennies (3) Approach
  1. pkSmithForkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59944   W -110.64949        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Low point in the road with a wide shallow wash crossing the road. Park here to start Pothoez, Psycho D, Downward Spiral, Friends With Bennies and other canyons. Continue driving south to go to Grease Monkey or Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.
  2. wSmithLwrRP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60073   W -110.64329        Elev: 4,030 Feet
    Drop in the wash about 40 feet. Leave the wash here and walk up onto the LDC (north) side to follow a ridge going northeast,
  3. wSmithLwrRP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60223   W -110.64059        Elev: 4,025 Feet
    End of the ridge out on a point.
  4. wSmithLwrRP-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60148   W -110.63932        Elev: NaN Feet
    Cross over the drainage here to continue on the south east side and drop down toward Smith Fork.
  5. jSmithFkLwr1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60231   W -110.63674        Elev: 3,720 Feet
    This is where the route down into the lower portion of Smith Fork meets Smith Fork.
  6. wPsychoD-RP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60031   W -110.63647        Elev: NaN Feet
    Saddle on the ridge that devides Pothoeze and Psycho D.
  7. yPothoez-Md          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60393   W -110.63251        Elev: 3,850 Feet
    Entry to Pothoez if you only wish to do the lower portion of the route. This is in a sandy spot just before the lower part of Pothoez slots up.
  8. wPsychoD-RP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60306   W -110.63142        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top out on the route between Pothoez and Psycho D.
  9. jPsychoPosExt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60142   W -110.63144        Elev: 3,777 Feet
    A cross joint crosses Psycho D here allowing entry or exit from the canyon on either side. Corssing Psycho D is also easy here and used to cross over Psycho D to go south toward Downward Spiral.
  10. jDwnSprlMid          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59577   W -110.63012        Elev: 3,790 Feet
    A spot where it is easy to drop into a very wide open area of Downward Spiral down from the north side. If going over to Friends with Bennies Canyon, cross over Downward Spiral and continue south.
  11. FriendsWB01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59355   W -110.62733        Elev: NaN Feet
    A sort of pass like spot with a flat sandy area to the north and a huge flat sandy area to the south. To go to Friends with Bennies Canyon continue south.
  12. FriendsWB02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58953   W -110.62494        Elev: NaN Feet
    Crossing over a drainage running down to the west. To go to Friends with Bennies cross this drainage and continue south.
  13. jFriendsWB          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58412   W -110.62379        Elev: 3,880 Feet
    Enter the Friends With Bennies drainage. Travel southwest down the drainage. About 70 feet down canyon of here are a few potholes to easily walk around. Note: The start of the technical portion is about 0.7 miles down the drainage from here with multiple potholes and drops to easily walk around.
  14. FriendsWB03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58361   W -110.62522        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 15 feet followed by a drop of about 6 feet down to a large pool with a sandy exit. All of which is easily walked around.
  15. FriendsWB04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58352   W -110.62575        Elev: NaN Feet
    A side drainage on the LDC side has about a 200 foot series of potholes. Down canyon of hear the drainage begins to narrow up a little but all of the obstacals are still easily walked around.
  16. FriendsWB05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58332   W -110.62659        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a short section of shallow V-slot to galumph through or can be easily walked around.
  17. FriendsWB06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58312   W -110.62726        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sloped downclimb in a V-slot down to a pool. All of which is easily walked around.
  18. FriendsWB07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58301   W -110.62813        Elev: NaN Feet
    A few potholes with a couple drops of about 8 then 12 feet. All of which is easily walked around then an easy scramble back down to the canyon floor.
  19. FriendsWB08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58309   W -110.62904        Elev: NaN Feet
    Pothole that may be a little difficult to get out of with a drop of about 8 feet on the other side to a pool with a sandy exit to more wash. This section is easily walked around on the LDC side for about 300 feet to where you can walk back down innto the sandy wash below.
  20. FriendsWB09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58109   W -110.63079        Elev: NaN Feet
    Two large potholes to easily walk around on the RDC side.
  21. yFriendsWB-Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58048   W -110.63184        Elev: 3,730 Feet
    Top of Friends with Bennies Canyon. 10 foot drop down to two large potholes here that are bypassed by scrambling around on the RDC side then scrambling down a steep slope into the wide trough shaped canyon about 80 feet away. Continuing down canyon is a long chain of smaller step over potholes along the nearly level trough for 170 feet around slight right hand bend.
Friends With Bennies (4) - The Canyon
  1. yFriendsWB-Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58048   W -110.63184        Elev: 3,730 Feet
    Top of Friends with Bennies Canyon. 10 foot drop down to two large potholes here that are bypassed by scrambling around on the RDC side then scrambling down a steep slope into the wide trough shaped canyon about 80 feet away. Continuing down canyon is a long chain of smaller step over potholes along the nearly level trough for 170 feet around slight right hand bend.
  2. FriendsWB10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57980   W -110.63195        Elev: NaN Feet
    Larger pothole near the end of the long chain of smaller potholes that is easily traversed on the LDC side.
  3. FriendsWB11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57937   W -110.63225        Elev: NaN Feet
    Downclimb of about 8 feet at the start of a series of potholes dropping down a slope. After the downclimb, the other potholes and be walked around.
  4. FriendsWB12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57910   W -110.63269        Elev: NaN Feet
    Down canyon side of a very large water filled pothole with a drop of close to 20 feet to get down to it. With very careful movement you can downclimb and traverse diagonally down along the RDC side to bypass pothole. This is a spicy slab traverse and may be an issue for some. Large sandy open area just down canyon.
  5. FriendsWB13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57891   W -110.63286        Elev: NaN Feet
    A couple small potholes to step over followed by a deep pothole / silo that can be jumped or matrixed over on the RDC side. Taller people can bridge over it. Once the first person is across a rope can be set up to get others down through the pothole. If there are those who can not cross on their own and need rope here, this spot can chew up a little time. Just after the pothole / silo is deep, narrow, fluted slot dropping down toward Smith Fork. Warning: The fnial drop in the canyon can be jumped to water IF the lake level is high enough. If the lake level is too low the drop will need to be rappelled. There are no good anchor points for the final drop and a solid choke stone may need to be farmed from up canyon IF one can be found. Optionally a JellyFish Anchor works very well in the crack, if you happen to have one.
  6. dFriendsWB-R1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57867   W -110.63300        Elev: NaN Feet
    Only rap for Friends With Bennies Canyon. There are no solid anchor spots in the slot above the rappel. Send down a couple people to be sure the final drop is able to be jumped to the lake before committing the entire group. If jumping send one person down on rope first to be sure the water is deep enough and free of obstacles. After getting down the drop, swim about 190 feet out to Smith Fork then turn right and swim north up Smith Fork. Note: Lake level on 2017-03.18 was 3591 feet and we were able to jump about 20 to 25 feet down to deep water.
  7. yFriendsWB-Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57831   W -110.63359        Elev: 3,590 Feet
    Exit of Friends With Bennies Canyon where it meets Smith Fork. At lake level 3591 ft, the water is very deep and the canyon is exited by swimming. Swim
Friends With Bennies (5) - Exit
  1. yFriendsWB-Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57831   W -110.63359        Elev: 3,590 Feet
    Exit of Friends With Bennies Canyon where it meets Smith Fork. At lake level 3591 ft, the water is very deep and the canyon is exited by swimming. Swim
  2. FriendsWB14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57892   W -110.63437        Elev: 3,590 Feet
    At lake level 3591 ft, a rock debris ledge is exposed where you can take a break from swimming. From here swim northwest crossing Smith Fork as you continue to swim up Smith Fork. Aim for the sloped slick rock about 650 feet away that is just down stream of Grease Monkey Canyon on the west side of Smith Fork.
  3. GMonkey10Ex          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58049   W -110.63513        Elev: 3,591 Feet
    Shelf that sticks out of the water at about lake level 3591 ft. Go up steep slickrock which eventually gives way to more gentle slopes, then rim walk along Grease Monkey Canyon to near the head. About 225 feet up from the lake you can find a section of faded steps cut into the rock if you look close. Note: Lower lake levels may make this more difficult or impossible to exit. With higher lake levels the shelf will not be visible but the sloped slick rock can be used to exit the water.
  4. GMonkey11Stp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58084   W -110.63575        Elev: NaN Feet
    Faded steps cut into the rock that you may see if you look close for them. Continue west up steep slickrock.
  5. GMonkey04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58402   W -110.63941        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of a ravine providing a weakness in the cliff band. When approaching turn left and walk north about 250 feet to enter the upper portion of Grease Monkey Canyon. Note: Optionally you can walk east about 0.2 miles along the rim of the canyon and enter farther down canyon where the fun begins. When exiting scramble up a short steep section of slickrock to the left (south) of the ravine then scramble your way into the across the other side of the ravine.
  6. GMonkey03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58391   W -110.63978        Elev: NaN Feet
    Weakness in the cliff band at the lower end of a ravine allowing access down to rolling slickrock below. When approaching Grease Monkey scramble along the RDC (south) side to find and scramble down a steep section to the the next lower level. When exiting, route find northwest over into then follow up the shallow drainage back to the road about 0.33 miles away.
  7. GMonkey02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58450   W -110.64049        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 30 feet. To continue to Grease Monkey Canyon exit the RDC (south) side of the shallow wash and walk about 300 feet south over to a ravine providing a weakness allowing access down to rolling slickrock below.
  8. GMonkey01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58450   W -110.64226        Elev: NaN Feet
    First of a few small shelves in wash on the way down canyon. Continue down canyon about 500 feet over other small shelves to get to a drop of about 30 feet.
  9. pkGMonkey          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58551   W -110.64553        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Park here for Grease Monkey Canyon or to set an exit vehicle for Friends With Bennies Canyon. There is a shallow drainage crossing the road but no major landmarks to use for navigation. As a navigation aid for the drive in, this spot is about 380 feet before reaching a sharp right hand bend in the road. To go to Wet Monkey Canyon walk east following down a shallow drainage.