Canyoneering Route Description

Sleepytime Trio - 4A III (II)
Rude Awakening, Siesta and Power Nap Canyons
and side trip to Pipe Dream Canyon
Ticaboo Mesa, Utah

Quick Facts

2015-10-10, 6 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 8.1 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required (entire route) - 6 to 7 hours
Time Required (Rude Awakening only) - 4 to 5 hours
Distance (entire route) - 7.3 miles Total, 0.6 miles Technical
Distance (Rude Awakening only) - 5.2 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 190 feet.
Elevation Range - 5680 - 4280 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 190 feet and 70 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  A Sandtrap is suggested although it may not be needed (see general comments)

General Comments

Sleepytime Trio is a collection of small slots on the east side of Upper South Fork Ticaboo Creek that can be seen from Ticaboo Mesa. A few of us had been looking at three slots with curiosity while out and about and finally put a trip together to go look them over. We ended up naming these slots collectively the Sleepytime Trio since there is very little substance to them and could be worthy of some nap time. In fact some of the crew took a nap while a few of us went to look over a fourth slot that we hoped would offer a little play but did not pan out. Originally we aimed to check out 3 slots which is where the Trio part of the name came from. We ended up looking at a fourth slot that day so the Sleepytime trio kind of includes 4 tiny drainages.

The Sleepytime Trio consists of Power Nap, Siesta and Rude Awakening. The fourth slot just east of these was named Pipe Dream since our hopes for finding fun in that slot turned out to be a pipe dream.

Power Nap and Siesta both require no ropes and can be easily escaped before going over a huge vertical drop into a side fork of South Fork Ticaboo Creek. Pipe Dream also requires no rope and is just a wide wash with a 150 foot slot at the lower end that leads to a big drop into the same side fork as Power Nap and Siesta. Rude Awakening is the only slot in the collection that requires rope and drops down into the main South Fork Ticaboo Creek drainage.

While the lower portion of Rude Awakening does offers some good technical canyon fun it is VERY short and should not be considered a major destination. The Sleepytime Trio is a good route if you want to see a less traveled area and want more of a hiking / scrambling route with a short technical canyon ending. This route description is laid out to offer a route through Power Nap, wander through Pipe Dream, go through Siesta then over to descend Rude Awakening down to South Fork Ticaboo Creek. Rude Awakening is done last as it offers the technical fun and drops down into South Fork Ticaboo Creek where the route then uses an old cattle trail to exit back up to Ticaboo Shelf Spring.

The last 400 feet of Rude Awakening drops steeply down a deep narrow slot and does require advanced anchor building skills with good technical judgment. This final portion of Rude Awakening is the only portion of the route that requires rope and technical skills and gives the route the technical difficulty rating of 4. For rap 1 of Rude Awakening we used a small shrub for an anchor which may not support subsequent rappels. Alternate options would be a sandtrap or use chokestones set back abut 45 feet from the top of the drop. If the chokestones are used, you will need 50 feet of webbing to extend the anchor or a longer rope.

Note - short fun day:
If you want a short day out with a short but fun technical portion, consider doing Rude Awakening only and skipping the the non-technical canyons on the route.

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 parking spot for the Double Entendre and Off The Hook Canyon is about 7.9 miles from the highway 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.  Continue past the junction driving east on the dirt road.  If you were headed to the Smith Fork area you could turn right and head south here.

About 2 miles farther will be another road junction (TicabooDP-02) for a faint side road on the right going south.  Continue past the junction driving east on the dirt road.

About 0.3 miles farther is a road junction (TicabooDP-03) to a side road on the left.  Veer right and continue past the side road.  This is about as far as a low clearance vehicle show go on this road.  From this point forward there will be intermittent spots of  rough road.

Just after this side road is a fork in the road.  The forks rejoin after a few hundred feet so you can use which ever you like.

The major drainage the road crosses just after the fork is part of the upper portion of Smith Fork.

About 1.7 miles farther will be a junction (TicabooDP-04) to a side road on the right running south.  This road junction is close to Wild Horse Spring.  Continue past this junction and drive north east.

About 0.3 miles farther is a junction (TicabooDP-05) for a side road on the left going north over to Colt Spring.  Continue past this junction driving north east.

About 0.5 miles farther is a junction (TicabooDP-06) for a side road on the left going north.  Veer right to continue past the junction driving north east.

About 0.9 miles farther is a junction (TicabooDP-07) for a side road on the right going southwest.  Continue straight ahead driving northeast at this road junction.

About 0.3 miles farther is junction (extBLM-13460) where BLM Road 13460 joins in from the north.  Turn left and drive north on BLM Road 13460 toward Ticaboo Shelf Spring.

Follow the road about 0.3 miles north to a wide open parking area large enough for many cars (pkTicShSpg).  Park here to begin the route.  This parking spot is about 300 feet from the water tank and trough.

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

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

Maps - - - - GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom 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 (pkTicShSpg) look northwest to a cone shaped hill about 0.37 miles away. Walk west over a couple small drainages then up a slope to get to the next higher shelf to the left of the hill.

Example Pic.

When you get to the next higher shelf (SF-Tic-RP01) you will be greeted with wide open desert.  Veer right to walk north west towards Mount Ellsworth roughly following the rim of the hill you just came up.

About 0.55 miles farther the route meets a road (pkSF-TicOpt). Continue walking northwest along the road toward Mount Ellsworth. The road fades away about 250 feet farther where you will route find your way through open desert.

Note:
Optionally you could drive to here and start the route setting a shuttle / exit vehicle at Ticaboo Shelf Spring. Doing the shuttle saves only mile of walking and would likely save very little if any time.

About 0.24 miles farther is the bottom of a slope (SF-Tic-RP02) to go up to the northwest to get up onto a very wide dirt ridge running north. This dirt slope is steep with lots of loose rock and a bit of work to go up gaining about 200 vertical feet over 600 hundred horizontal feet. After getting to the top of the hill, veer right to walk north along the wide ridge.

About 0.37 miles along the ridge the route crosses over a minor drainage (SF-Tic-RP03). About 800 feet farther north is a much larger and deeper drainage that is is easier to cross by veering a little left and travel up the side to cross it where it is more shallow.

As you cross around the larger drainage (SF-Tic-RP04) where it is more shallow continue north and note what looks like a small dirt hill on the horizon. Route find your way through the desert aiming a little left of the dirt hill.

Example Pic.

About 0.2 miles after crossing the large drainage you will be on the rim of Upper South Fork Ticaboo (SF-Tic-RP05).  Route find your way down the sloped dirt and slickrock into the drainage for Upper South Fork Ticaboo Creek.

Once down in the main drainage for Upper South Fork Ticaboo (ySF-Tic-Tp) continue across the Upper South Fork Ticaboo drainage and continue northeast up the other side about 500 feet to the top of a small short drainage running down to the southeast.

From the top end of a small drainage (SleepyTrioRp01) running down to the southeast, follow southeast about 300 feet to where the drainage begins to widen out then continue southeast contouring along the south side of a hill. The hill will be on your left and Upper South fork Ticaboo will be on your right.

After about 0.5 miles you will be on the other end of the hill at a saddle (SleepyTrioRp02). Continue south about 450 feet toward the base of another large hill.

When you get to the base of the next hill (SleepyTrioRp03), continue south by contouring around the right (west) side of this hill for about 0.37 miles to the other end.

Note:
About half way along the side of this hill is the top of a steep drainage (SleepyTrioRp04) running down to the right (west) down into South Fork Ticaboo Creek very close to the final rap of that route.

On the other end of the hill is a saddle (SleepyTrioRp05) at the southern end of a hill that was contoured around. Veer left and route find your way about 250 feet east down to the top of Rude Awakening.

When you get to the top of Rude Awakening (yRudeAwakenTp) which is a shallow slot forming and running down to the southwest you have the option to first go check out the other three slots in the area or drop down Rude Awakening only.

Note:
If
you are dropping down Rude Awakening only, skip to the section for Rude Awakening Canyon.

If you want to follow the whole route and see the other slots continue reading from here.

The Canyoneering / Technical Sections:
To go over to Siesta Canyon walk northeast about 800 feet to the head of Siesta Canyon, contouring around a point on the way.

At the top of Siesta Canyon (ySiestaTp), is where the shallow slot begins to form below a wide valley like area.

Cross over Siesta Canyon and then route find north about 400 feet up to the head of Power Nap Canyon (yPowerNapTp).

Drop into Power Nap Canyon (yPowerNapTp) and galumph a little over 200 feet down canyon to some boulder debris to scramble over (PowerNap01).

Continue galumphing down canyon about 230 feet to a stem style downclimb / elevator of about 15 feet (PowerNap02) down to a small pool that can be galumphed over. Tall people can stem down over the whole thing.

About 200 feet farther the canyon opens up to wide spaces (PowerNap03).  Walk about 650 feet down canyon to the lower end of the wide wash (yPowerNapBt) where you can escape up out of either side. Beyond here the canyon rolls off into a couple potholes then to a big drop down into a side drainage. If you want to look at the final 200 feet it is easy to walk down along the LDC side and look it over.

To go over to Pipe Dream exit the LDC (east) side and route find your way east about 800 feet to the rim at the lower end of Pipe Dream (PipeDream01).

From the rim of Pipe Dream (PipeDream01) scramble down steep slickrock down into the canyon. You can also scramble down into Pipe Dream about 250 north of here where it is a little less steep.

Once down in the canyon you can walk a short distance down to the top of the final slot of Pipe Dream (yPipeDreamTp) where a very sort slot forms at the end of Pipe Dream. Down canyon of here is a slot about 150 feet long before getting to a big drop into a side drainage. The first 80 feet are easy to stem / galumph down to where you can see most of the remaining 70 feet of slot. The potholes in this section can hold water.

Walking up Pipe Dream Canyon offers no technical fun.  I walked about 900 feet up to where I had a view of open wash all the way to the head of the drainage.  After looking around in Pipe Dream Canyon exit up to the rim where you scrambled in, then go back to the lower end of Power Nap Canyon.

From the bottom of Power Nap exit the RDC (west) side then route find your way a little over 1000 feet east to the head of Siesta Canyon.

From the head of Siesta Canyon (ySiestaTp) walk / galumph south-ish down canyon with a couple pools to bridge over or walk around.

About 200 feet down Siesta is the start of (Siesta01) a section with small silo / shallow potholes to downclimb through or bypass all of them along the LDC (west) side.

About 225 feet farther down Siesta is a little bit of boulder debris (Siesta02) to scramble over / around. 

About 80 feet down canyon is a good spot to exit (Siesta03) the canyon on the LDC side just before the final last 170 feet of canyon.  The final 170 feet of canyon is a series of 8 to 10 potholes that you could play through. The potholes have drops on the down canyon side ranging from 5 to 15 feet and none of the potholes looked deep and would yield easily to partner assist escapes. After the pothole section is a side slot on the LDC to scramble up out of the canyon. We bypassed the short pothole section.

After playing through the lower slots or bypassing as we did exit the LDC side and route find your way along the rim back to the top of Siesta Canyon.

From the head of Siesta Canyon (ySiestaTp) walk west about 0.2 miles to the head of Rude Awakening (yRudeAwakenTp).

Drop down Rude Awakening Canyon:
From the head of Rude Awakening travel down canyon to the southwest with a mix of walking and light galumphing or walk along the LDC side up out of the shallow drainage.

A little over 150 feet down Rude Awakening is a more shallow side fork joining (RudeAwaken01) in from the LDC (east) side. Continue down canyon with light galumphing.

About 225 feet farther is a small section of rock fall debris (RudeAwaken02) just after 3 downclimbs of 6 to 8 feet each. Continue galumphing down canyon for a little over 150 feet to a downclimb of about 10 feet then rap 1.

Rap 1 (dRudeAwakenR1) just after a downclimb of about 10 feet is anchored from a small shrub about 10 feet back and uses about 190 feet of rope travel over 2 stages with a pothole to cross at the bottom of the first stage. At the bottom of rap 1 the canyon veers right and a small side canyon comes in from LDC.

Note:
The shrub anchor for rap 1 is small and may not always be there or solid enough to rappel from. Alternate options are using a sandtrap or using chokestones about 50 feet back. Using the chokestones will require a long webbing extension or longer ropes.

Rap 2 (dRudeAwakenR2) is shortly after rap 1, is anchored from one of many large rocks, has an awkward start over a large boulder and drops about 70 feet down a mostly vertical wall.

After rap 2 stem, galumph and scramble over boulder debris down a deep narrow slot dropping quickly and slowly becoming more level.

Rap 3 (dRudeAwakenR3) is about 250 feet down canyon of rap 2, is anchored from a large rock down in a pothole and drops about 140 feet with the last two thirds being free hanging.

After rap 3 walk wide open wash about 430 feet down to the end of the canyon where it dumps into South Fork Ticaboo Creek (yRudeAwakenBt). 

The Exit:
From the end of the Rude Awakening Canyon (yRudeAwakenBt) turn left and walk southeast down South Fork Ticaboo Creek.

About 900 feet down canyon will be a large side drainage coming in on the RDC (west) side.

About 0.27 miles farther down canyon is another large side drainage (yTicaMes50Bt) coming in on the RDC (west) side.

Note - Side Trip
If you have extra time and want to wonder around in a short serene feeling slot you can wonder into the bottom of this deep looking canyon / drainage.  You can wonder about 350 feet up the canyon to the base of a drop of 60 feet or so high.  There is only one boulder to scramble over on the way up.  The canyon has a very secluded and quiet feel with some vegetation and lots of shade.

About 0.35 miles farther down South Fork Ticaboo Creek is a wide open bowl like area on the RDC (southwest) side of Ticaboo Creek (jTicShSpgEx).

Note:
About 1000 feet before getting to the wide open bowl you will pass by the bottom of Trough Canyon (yTroughBt) on the RDC side.  However Trough canyon may go un-noticed as it is not a major drainage and the exit is a rappel down from a ledge.

When you get to the wide open bowl like area on the RDC (southwest) side (jTicShSpgEx), walk southwest about 300 feet through the flat area in the bowl like area over to the bottom of the cairned cattle trail (wTicShSpgEx01)..

Example Pic. When you get to the large bowl like area on the RDC (southwest) side of Ticaboo Creek, follow up the old cairned cattle trail as shown.

Follow the cairned route about 400 feet to where it crosses of the drainage (wTicShSpgEx02) then begins to travel mostly southwest up a series of about 10 switchbacks up toward Ticaboo Shelf Spring. 

Portions of the switchbacks up to the mesa top cross over some sections of slickrock making it difficult to see where the trail goes.  Each of these spots are short and just a little walking around will allow you to see where the trail continues.

A little over 0.2 miles up the switch backs is the top most switchback on the cairned route (wTicShSpgEx03).  From the last switchback walk west about 1500 feet back to where the vehicle is parked (pkTicShSpg).

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.

Sleepytime Trio (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. extTicaboo1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69720   W -110.67138        Elev: 4,520 Feet
    Exit off of highway 276 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-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67981   W -110.62886        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road junction with faint road running to the south. Continue straight (east). Road to the south is about 1.25 miles long and goes down toward Cane Spring Well.
  4. TicabooDP-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68038   W -110.62628        Elev: 4,565 Feet
    Exit to a spot to camp if the roads ahead are too rough.
  5. TicabooDP-04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67963   W -110.60429        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction for a road going south. Continue straiaght (north east) to continue toward Ticaboo Measa. This road junction is near Wild Horse Springs.
  6. TicabooDP-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68389   W -110.60153        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction for a side road on the left going north. Continue north east toward Ticaboo Mesa. The road going north is BLM Road 13440 aobut 0.4 miles long and goes over toward Colt Spring.
  7. TicabooDP-06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68667   W -110.59547        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction for a side road going north. The Road north is BLM Road 13540 and goes out toward Upper South Fork Ticaboo.
  8. TicabooDP-07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69529   W -110.58385        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn off for a side road on the right. Turn right onto the side road and drive southwest.
  9. extBLM-13460          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69800   W -110.57872        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn off to BLM road 13460 toward Shelf Spring
  10. pkTicShSpg          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70146   W -110.58039        Elev: 4,820 Feet
    Wide parking spot near the end of BLM Road 13460 near a tank and trough by Ticaboo Shelf Spring. This spot is large enough for many cars. To go to Trough Canyon, walk north down the dirt slope almost 500 feet to drop in. To go to Upper South Fork Ticaboo Canyon or the Sleepytime Trio look northwest to a cone shaped hill about 0.37 miles away. Walk west over a couple small drainages then up a slope to get to the next higher shelf to the left of the hill.
Sleepytime Trio (2) - Approach to Rude Awakening
  1. pkTicShSpg          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70146   W -110.58039        Elev: 4,820 Feet
    Wide parking spot near the end of BLM Road 13460 near a tank and trough by Ticaboo Shelf Spring. This spot is large enough for many cars. To go to Trough Canyon, walk north down the dirt slope almost 500 feet to drop in. To go to Upper South Fork Ticaboo Canyon or the Sleepytime Trio look northwest to a cone shaped hill about 0.37 miles away. Walk west over a couple small drainages then up a slope to get to the next higher shelf to the left of the hill.
  2. SF-Tic-RP01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70051   W -110.58669        Elev: 5,035 Feet
    Up on the next higher shelf after walking west from Ticaboo Shelf Spring. To continue to SF Ticaboo Canyon or Sleepytime Trio, veer right to walk north west towards Mount Ellsworth roughly following the rim of the hill you just came up.
  3. pkSF-TicOpt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70658   W -110.59337        Elev: 5,125 Feet
    When walking into South Fork Ticaboo, the route meets a road here. Continue walking northwest along the road toward Mount Ellsworth. The road fades away about 250 feet farther where you will route find your way through open desert. Optionally you could drive to here and start the route setting a shuttle / exit vehicle at Ticaboo Shelf Spring. Doing the shuttle saves only mile of walking and would likely save very little if any time.
  4. SF-Tic-RP02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70871   W -110.59676        Elev: 5,200 Feet
    Bottom of a slope to go up to the northwest to get up onto a very wide dirt ridge running north. This dirt slope is steep with lots of loose rock and a bit of work to go up gaining about 200 vertical feet over 600 hundred horizontal feet. After getting to the top of the hill, veer right to walk north along the wide ridge.
  5. SF-Tic-RP03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71358   W -110.59892        Elev: NaN Feet
    Crossing over a minor drainage on the way over to South Fork Ticaboo. About 800 feet farther north is a much larger and deeper drainage that is is easier to cross by veering a little left and travel up the side to cross it where it is more shallow.
  6. SF-Tic-RP04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71727   W -110.59868        Elev: NaN Feet
    Crossing over a large drainage up higher where it is more shallow. As you continue north, note what looks like a small dirt hill on the horizon. Route find your way through the desert aiming a little left of the dirt hill.
  7. SF-Tic-RP05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72025   W -110.59814        Elev: NaN Feet
    From the rim here, route find your way down the sloped dirt and slickrock into the drainage for Upper South Fork Ticaboo Creek.
  8. ySF-Tic-Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72167   W -110.59747        Elev: 5,530 Feet
    Top of Upper South Fork Ticaboo. About 60 feet southeast down canyon is the first drop in the canyon. To go over to the Sleepytime Trio, cross Upper SF Ticaboo and continue northeast up the other side about 500 feet to the top of a small short drainage running down to the southeast.
  9. SleepyTrioRp01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72270   W -110.59661        Elev: 5,550 Feet
    Top end of a small drainage running down to the southeast. Follow southeast about 300 feet to where the drainage begins to widen out then continue southeast contouring along the south side of a hill. The hill will be on your left and Upper South fork Ticaboo will be on your right.
  10. SleepyTrioRp02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71858   W -110.58942        Elev: NaN Feet
    Saddle the route crosses after contouring under a large hill. Continue south about 450 feet toward the base of another large hill.
  11. SleepyTrioRp03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71744   W -110.58894        Elev: 5,210 Feet
    Base of another large hill. Continue south by contouring around the right (west) side of this hill for about 0.37 miles to the other end.
  12. SleepyTrioRp04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71540   W -110.58959        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a steep drainage running down to the right (west) down into South Fork Ticaboo Creek very close to the final rap of that route.
  13. SleepyTrioRp05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71275   W -110.58841        Elev: NaN Feet
    Saddle at the southern end of a hill that was contoured around. Veer left and route find your way about 250 feet east down to the top of Rude Awakening.
  14. yRudeAwakenTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71307   W -110.58761        Elev: 4,950 Feet
    Top of Rude Awakening Canyon. To go over to Siesta Canyon walk northeast about 800 feet to the head of Siesta Canyon, contouring around a point on the way. To drop down Rude Awakening travel down canyon to the southwest with a mix of walking and light galumphing. Also easy to walk along the LDC side up out of the shallow drainage.
Sleepytime Trio (3) - Route thru Power Nap, Pipe Dream and Siesta
  1. yRudeAwakenTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71307   W -110.58761        Elev: 4,950 Feet
    Top of Rude Awakening Canyon. To go over to Siesta Canyon walk northeast about 800 feet to the head of Siesta Canyon, contouring around a point on the way. To drop down Rude Awakening travel down canyon to the southwest with a mix of walking and light galumphing. Also easy to walk along the LDC side up out of the shallow drainage.
  2. ySiestaTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71379   W -110.58535        Elev: 4,925 Feet
    Top of Siesta Canyon. This is where the shallow slot begins to form below a wide valley like area. To go to the top of Power Nap Canyon hop across the shallow slot here then route find north about 400 feet up to the head of Power Nap Canyon. To drop down Siesta Canyon walk / galumph south-ish down canyon with a couple pools to bridge over or walk around.
  3. yPowerNapTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71480   W -110.58572        Elev: 4,965 Feet
    Top of Power Nap Canyon. Galumph a little over 200 feet down canyon to some boulder debris to scramble over.
  4. PowerNap01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71507   W -110.58503        Elev: NaN Feet
    Some boulder debris to scramble over and continue galumphing down canyon.
  5. PowerNap02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71521   W -110.58425        Elev: NaN Feet
    Stem style downclimb / elevator of about 15 feet down to a small pool that can be galumphed over. Tall people can stem down over the whole thing.
  6. PowerNap03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71532   W -110.58347        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon opens up to wide spaces.
  7. yPowerNapBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71428   W -110.58198        Elev: 4,697 Feet
    Bottom of Power Nap Canyon. This is at the lower end of a wide open area where you can escape up out of either side. Beyond here the canyon rolls off into a couple potholes then to a big drop down into a side drainage. If you want to look at the final 200 feet it is easy to walk down along the LDC side and look it over. To go over to Pipe Dream exit the LDC (east) side and route find your way east about 800 feet to the rim at the lower end of Pipe Dream. To exit and go over to Siesta Canyon exit the RDC (west) side then route find your way a little over 1000 feet east to the head of Siesta Canyon.
  8. PipeDream01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71499   W -110.58010        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the rim of Pipe Dream where you can scramble down steep slickrock down into the canyon. You can also scramble down into Pipe Dream about 250 north of here where it is a little less steep.
  9. yPipeDreamTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71480   W -110.57988        Elev: 4,650 Feet
    This is where a very sort slot forms at the end of Pipe Dream. Down canyon of here is a slot about 150 feet long before getting to a big drop into a side drainage. The first 80 feet are easy to stem / galumph down to where you can see most of the remaining 70 feet of slot. The potholes in this section can hold water. Up canyon of here is open wash to hike in if you like.
  10. PipeDream02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71694   W -110.58091        Elev: 4,693 Feet
    Took a run up canyon to here and could see open wash all the way to the head of the dranange.
  11. yPowerNapBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71428   W -110.58198        Elev: 4,697 Feet
    Bottom of Power Nap Canyon. This is at the lower end of a wide open area where you can escape up out of either side. Beyond here the canyon rolls off into a couple potholes then to a big drop down into a side drainage. If you want to look at the final 200 feet it is easy to walk down along the LDC side and look it over. To go over to Pipe Dream exit the LDC (east) side and route find your way east about 800 feet to the rim at the lower end of Pipe Dream. To exit and go over to Siesta Canyon exit the RDC (west) side then route find your way a little over 1000 feet east to the head of Siesta Canyon.
  12. ySiestaTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71379   W -110.58535        Elev: 4,925 Feet
    Top of Siesta Canyon. This is where the shallow slot begins to form below a wide valley like area. To go to the top of Power Nap Canyon hop across the shallow slot here then route find north about 400 feet up to the head of Power Nap Canyon. To drop down Siesta Canyon walk / galumph south-ish down canyon with a couple pools to bridge over or walk around.
  13. Siesta01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71331   W -110.58498        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a section with small silo / shallow potholes to downclimb through or bypass all of them along the LDC (west) side.
  14. Siesta02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71290   W -110.58443        Elev: NaN Feet
    A little bit of boulder debris to scramble over / around.
  15. Siesta03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71275   W -110.58424        Elev: NaN Feet
    As with other spots you can easily escape on the LDC side and walk along the canyon. The final 170 feet of canyon below here is a series of 8 to 10 potholes that you could play through. The potholes have drops on the down canyon side ranging from 5 to 15 feet and none of the potholes looked deep and would yield easily to partner assist escapes. After the pothole section is a side slot on the LDC to scramble up out of the canyon. We bypassed the short pothole section.
  16. ySiestaBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71249   W -110.58361        Elev: 4,680 Feet
    Bottom of Siesta Canyon where a side slot allows a scramble down into or up out of the LDC side of the canyon. Just after this side slot is a big drop down into a side drainage. From here exit the canyon out the crack on the LDC side then route find your way northwest along the rim ack to the head. Looking at Google Earth it appears you would be able to get up to a saddle if you dropped down into the side drainage but you actually can not get up to the saddle as it is a vertical wall at the head.
  17. yRudeAwakenTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71307   W -110.58761        Elev: 4,950 Feet
    Top of Rude Awakening Canyon. To go over to Siesta Canyon walk northeast about 800 feet to the head of Siesta Canyon, contouring around a point on the way. To drop down Rude Awakening travel down canyon to the southwest with a mix of walking and light galumphing. Also easy to walk along the LDC side up out of the shallow drainage.
Sleepytime Trio (4) - Rude Awaknig and Exit
  1. yRudeAwakenTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71307   W -110.58761        Elev: 4,950 Feet
    Top of Rude Awakening Canyon. To go over to Siesta Canyon walk northeast about 800 feet to the head of Siesta Canyon, contouring around a point on the way. To drop down Rude Awakening travel down canyon to the southwest with a mix of walking and light galumphing. Also easy to walk along the LDC side up out of the shallow drainage.
  2. RudeAwaken01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71270   W -110.58726        Elev: NaN Feet
    A more shallow side fork joins in from the LDC (east) side. Continue down canyon with light galumphing.
  3. RudeAwaken02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71219   W -110.58688        Elev: NaN Feet
    Small section of rock fall debris just after 3 downclimbs of 6 to 8 feet each. Continue galumphing down canyon for a little over 150 feet to a downclimb of about 10 feet then rap 1.
  4. dRudeAwakenR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71178   W -110.58662        Elev: 4,790 Feet
    Rap 1 - Rude Awakening just after a downclimb of about 10 feet. Anchored from a small shrub about 10 feet back and uses about 190 feet of rope travel over 2 stages with a pothole to cross at the bottom of the first stage. At the bottom of rap 1 the canyon veers right and a small side canyon comes in from LDC. Note: The shrub is small and may not always be there or solid enough to rappel from. Alternate options are using a sandtrap or using chokestones about 50 feet back. Using the chokestones will require a long webbing extension or longer ropes.
  5. dRudeAwakenR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71172   W -110.58637        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Rude Awakening. Anchored from one of many large rocks, has an awkward start over a large boulder and drops about 70 feet down a mostly vertical wall. After rap 2 stem, galumph and scramble over boulder debris down a deep narrow slot dropping quickly and slowly becoming more level.
  6. dRudeAwakenR3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71095   W -110.58626        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Rude Awakening. Anchored from a large rock down in a pothole and drops about 140 feet with the last two thirds being free hanging. After rap 3 walk wide open wash about 430 feet down to the end of the canyon where it dumps into South Fork Ticaboo Creek.
  7. yRudeAwakenBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70973   W -110.58690        Elev: 4,355 Feet
    Bottom of Rude Awakening where it meets South Fork Ticaboo Creek. To exit turn left and walk southeast down South Fork Ticaboo Creek about 0.8 miles to a wide open bowl like area on the RDC (west) side. You will pass two large drainages on the RDC side on the way to the bowl.
  8. yTicaMes50Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70580   W -110.58190        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom end of a slot dropping down to the southern most fork of the South Fork of Ticaboo Creek. No technical value but hiking in from the bottoom is a quiet serene feeling and worth the trip for some scenic value. You can hike up about 350 up into the canyon with only one boulder to scramble over. The journey ends when you get to the base of a drop of about 60 feet or so high.
  9. yTroughBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70546   W -110.57974        Elev: 4,290 Feet
    Bottom of Trough Canyon where it meets the South Fork of Ticaboo Creek. Looking back up canyon it looks like Trough Canyon is nothing more than a pour off from the slickrock above.
  10. jTicShSpgEx          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70453   W -110.57676        Elev: 4,280 Feet
    Junction where you leave Ticaboo Creek and start up the Ticaboo Shelf Spring Exit route. THis route is mostly cairned and is an old cattle trail.
  11. wTicShSpgEx01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70380   W -110.57650        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of the cairned cattle trail up to Ticaboo Shelf Spring.
  12. wTicShSpgEx02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70295   W -110.57630        Elev: NaN Feet
    Cairned trail crosses the draiange here to turn and travel mostly southwest up a series of about 10 switchbacks. Portions of the switchbacks up to the mesa top cross over some sections of slickrock making it difficult to see where the trail goes. Each of these spots are short and just a little walking around will allow you to see where the trail continues.
  13. wTicShSpgEx03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70200   W -110.57783        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top most switchback on the carined cattle trail.
  14. wTicShSpngTnk          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70234   W -110.58009        Elev: NaN Feet
    Tank and water trough at Ticaboo Shelf Spring.
  15. pkTicShSpg          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70146   W -110.58039        Elev: 4,820 Feet
    Wide parking spot near the end of BLM Road 13460 near a tank and trough by Ticaboo Shelf Spring. This spot is large enough for many cars. To go to Trough Canyon, walk north down the dirt slope almost 500 feet to drop in. To go to Upper South Fork Ticaboo Canyon or the Sleepytime Trio look northwest to a cone shaped hill about 0.37 miles away. Walk west over a couple small drainages then up a slope to get to the next higher shelf to the left of the hill.