Canyoneering Route Description

Upper South Fork Ticaboo Canyon - 3B III
Ticaboo Mesa, Utah

Quick Facts

03-07-2015, 7 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 7.9 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required - 7 to 8 hours
Distance - 5 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 200 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 200 feet and 60 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  A couple potshots should be on hand just in case but likely will not be needed.  Wet suits recommended.  Those who run hot may be ok with no wet suit in the hot months.  The short wet final slot can be wet and very cold even in summer.

General Comments

Upper South Fork Ticaboo Canyon is the upper most portion of the South Fork of Ticaboo Creek and is a fun route with an open upper section, a mid pothole section and a deeper feeling lower slot. The technical portion of the route seems a little short compared to the time involved for the approach and exit but is still a worthwhile route.

Optionally a shuttle can be set to save about 1 mile of walking but the logistics of this would save little to no time and is not covered in this description.

Those who run cold may want a wet suit even in hot months if there is water in the canyon. In cooler months a wet suit should be on had for everyone. The pothole section is open feeling and will get fair amount of sun so while there is water a wet suit may not be needed in warm weather. The deep slot just after the pothole section is only about 250 feet long but can be very cold and will require one short swim in a pothole near the end of the canyon if there is water.

The upper portion of Upper South Fork Ticaboo Canyon is mostly open wash like and has a couple of rappels.

The mid pothole section
The pothole section is a series of large but shallow potholes all with sloped exits and were easy to get out of. Some of the potholes had sandy bottoms indicating they could scour out making them difficult to get out of later? It may be a good idea to have a couple of potshots along just in case, but they will likely not be needed. The entry to all the potholes were sloped and likely could all be easily downclimbed and partner assisted for entry. Partner assisting each entry has not yet been confirmed so it is a good idea to leave someone at the top with ropes so they can assist if you can not partner into the potholes.

Rap 3 is at the start of the pothole section and arguably is not really a rappel. A rope of about 250 feet allows travel over / across 5 to 6 potholes where the next rap can be rigged from more rocks in a pothole. It is possible to play through the potholes and not using the long rope.

On my first visit we rigged a long rope in the first pothole and used it to play through the first 5 or 6 potholes not fully evaluating the drops. If doing this section with no rope and partner assisting the entries, it would be a good idea to leave someone at the top with ropes so they can rig them and come down to help if you can not get through without a rope. One long rope will not be needed as you can tie multiple ropes together and pass knots between potholes. If tying ropes together like this a releasable anchor like a Smooth Operator will be needed to avoid the need to pull knots through a rap ring.

Note:
The pothole section can be bypassed by going up and around on the RDC side.  It would be unfortunate to bypass the pothole section and miss the fun.  The pothole section is a mild challenge and adds to the fun of such a short canyon.

Note:
Rap 4 is anchored from the next to last pothole in the pothole section and a 200 foot rope barely makes it.  Extend the webbing anchor and possibly set the rope up to be lowered if the first person down feels it is too short.  The first part of rap 4 is mostly level and passes over the last pothole so the anchor can be extended pretty long with webbing if needed.

The final slot after the pothole section
is deep and scenic but is only about 250 feet long so take time to enjoy it when you get in there. The next to last rappel goes under / through an arch with a swim at the bottom. This section can be very cold and wet even in hot months.

After the final slot there is one more rap a ways down the wide open drainage of South Fork Ticaboo Creek.

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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Map of the drive into the route.
Map of the entire route.
Map of the technical section.

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.

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
Once down in the main drainage for Upper South Fork Ticaboo (ySF-Tic-Tp) turn right and walk about 60 feet southeast down canyon is the first drop in the canyon.

Note:
If you were going over to the Sleepytime Trio you would 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.

Rap 1 (dSF-Tic-R1) can be anchored from trees and drops a guestimated 120 feet. The length of the drop has not been confirmed as we found it simpler to bypass the rap. To bypass, walk along the LDC (northeast) ledge for about 225 feet to where you can scramble / crabwalk back down into the canyon (SF-Tic-RP06).  The last part of the slope to the canyon floor is very steep and where most people will want to crabwalk in.

Rap 2 (dSF-Tic-R2) is about 75 feet down canyon after bypassing rap 1.  Rap 2 is anchored from a chokestone about 35 feet back and slowly rolls off to go vertical using about 140 feet of rope travel from anchor to ground.

After rap 2 walk mostly open wash for about 0.25 miles down to a drop (SF-Tic-RP07) of about 15 feet to a muddy pool that is easily bypassed on the LDC side. A little over 100 feet down canyon is another drop to bypass on the LDC side then crab walk / slide down into a pothole where rap 3 is anchored.

Note:
The pothole section below rap 3 can be bypassed by going up and around on the RDC side.  It would be unfortunate to bypass the pothole section and miss the fun.  The pothole section is a mild challenge and adds to the fun of such a short canyon.

Rap 3 (dSF-Tic-R3) is anchored from rocks down in a shallow pothole that you crabwalk / slide down into on the LDC side. Rap 3 arguably is not really a rappel. A rope of about 250 feet allows travel over / across 5 to 6 potholes where the next rap can be rigged from more rocks in a pothole. It is possible to play through the potholes and not using the long rope.

The pothole section is a series of large but shallow potholes all with sloped exits and were easy to get out of. Some of the potholes had sandy bottoms indicating they could scour out making them difficult to get out of later? It may be a good idea to have a couple of potshots along just in case, but they will likely not be needed. The entry to all the potholes were sloped and likely could all be easily downclimbed and partner assisted for entry.

Note:
Partner assisting each entry has not yet been confirmed so it is a good idea to leave someone at the top with ropes so they can assist if you can not partner into the potholes.

Rap 4 (dSF-Tic-R4) is anchored from rocks in the next to last pothole and a 200 foot rope barely makes it to the bottom. Rap 4 starts out horizontal then goes down to and over another shallow pool then slowly rolls off to vertical and free hanging. The vertical portion is about 50 feet.

Note:
Rap 4 is anchored from the next to last pothole in the pothole section and a 200 foot rope barely makes it.  Extend the webbing anchor and possibly set the rope up to be lowered if the first person down feels it is too short.  The first part of rap 4 is mostly level and passes over the last pothole so the anchor can be extended pretty long with webbing if needed.

At the bottom of this rap the canyon can be Very cold even in the summer. Continue down canyon through a few small potholes and one partner assitable downclimb to a cold pool. A little over 100 feet down canyon is the next rap.

Rap 5 (dSF-Tic-R5) is anchored from rock debris and uses about 90 feet of rope travel to get down to a pool where you swim under an arch to the next rap.

Rap 6 (dSF-Tic-R6) is anchored from rock debris under the water in a pool after swimming under an arch and drops about 150 feet to the canyon floor in wide wash.

Follow the wash southwest about 450 feet to a drop in the wash (SF-Tic-RP08) to bypass up and over on the LDC side.  Continue southwest down South Fork Ticaboo Creek a little over 700 feet to rap 7.

Rap 7 (dSF-Tic-R7) is anchored from a pinch point down in some boulders and drops 150 feet to the canyon floor. To get to this rappel station you will need to climb down through a rabbit hole in boulders.

Walk down canyon about 200 feet to where it opens up a little more (ySF-Tic-Bt).

The Exit:
From the lower end of the technical section walk 0.6 miles down canyon to the bottom of Rude Awakening Canyon (yRudeAwakenBt).  Rude Awakening Canyon will be the second large drainage / ravine on the LDC (east) side. 

From the bottom of Rude Awakening Canyon (yRudeAwakenBt) continue 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.

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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.

South Fork Ticaboo (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.
South Fork Ticaboo (2) - Approach
  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.
South Fork Ticaboo (3) - The Canyon
  1. 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.
  2. dSF-Tic-R1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72156   W -110.59724        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Can be anchored from trees and drops a guestimated 120 feet. The length of the drop has not been confirmed as we found it simpler to bypass the rap. To bypass, walk along the LDC (northeast) ledge for about 225 feet to where you can scramble / crabwalk back down into the canyon.
  3. SF-Tic-RP06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72130   W -110.59654        Elev: 0 Feet
    This is where you can scramble / crabwalk back down to the canyon floor after bypassing rap 1. The last part of the slope to the canyon floor is very steep and where most people will want to crabwalk in.
  4. dSF-Tic-R2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.72113   W -110.59639        Elev: 0 Feet
    Rap 2 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Anchored from a chokestone about 35 feet back and slowly rolls off to go vertical using about 140 feet of rope travel from anchor to ground.
  5. SF-Tic-RP07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71949   W -110.59272        Elev: 5,225 Feet
    Drop of about 15 feet to a muddy pool that is easily bypassed on the LDC side. A little over 100 feet down canyon is another drop to bypass on the LDC side then crab walk / slide down into a pothole where rap 3 is anchored.
  6. dSF-Tic-R3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71911   W -110.59223        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Anchored from rocks down in a shallow pothole that you crabwalk / slide down into on the LDC side. Rap 3 arguably is not really a rappel. A rope of about 250 feet allows travel over / across 5 to 6 potholes where the next rap can be rigged from more rocks in a pothole. It is possible to play through the potholes and not using the long rope. The pothole section is a series of large but shallow potholes all with sloped exits and were easy to get out of. Some of the potholes had sandy bottoms indicating they could scour out making them difficult to get out of later? It may be a good idea to have a couple of potshots along just in case, but they will likely not be needed. The entry to all the potholes were sloped and likely could all be easily downclimbed and partner assisted for entry. Partner assisting each entry has not yet been confirmed so it is a good idea to leave someone at the top with ropes so they can assist if you can not partner into the potholes.
  7. dSF-Tic-R4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71854   W -110.59192        Elev: 0 Feet
    Rap 4 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Anchored from rocks in the next to last pothole and a 200 foot rope barely makes it to the bottom. Rap 4 starts out horizontal then goes down to and over another shallow pool then slowly rolls off to vertical and free hanging. The vertical portion is about 50 feet. Note: Rap 4 is anchored from the next to last pothole in the pothole section and a 200 foot rope barely makes it. Extend the webbing anchor and possibly set the rope up to be lowered if the first person down feels it is too short. The first part of rap 4 is mostly level and passes over the last pothole so the anchor can be extended pretty long with webbing if needed. At the bottom of this rap the canyon can be Very cold even in the summer. Continue down canyon through a few small potholes and one partner assitable downclimb to a cold pool. A little over 100 feet down canyon is the next rap.
  8. dSF-Tic-R5          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71806   W -110.59131        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 5 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Anchored from rock debris and uses about 90 feet of rope travel to get down to a pool where you swim under an arch to the next rap.
  9. dSF-Tic-R6          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71797   W -110.59114        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 6 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Anchored from rock debris under the water in a pool after swimming under an arch and drops about 150 feet to the canyon floor in wide wash.
  10. SF-Tic-RP08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71674   W -110.59160        Elev: 4,860 Feet
    Drop in the wash to bypass up and over on the LDC side.
  11. dSF-Tic-R7          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71487   W -110.59215        Elev: 4,626 Feet
    Rap 7 - Upper South Fork Ticaboo. Anchored from a pinch point down in some boulders and drops 150 feet to the canyon floor. To get to this rappel station you will need to climb down through a rabbit hole in boulders.
  12. ySF-Tic-Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71422   W -110.59179        Elev: 4,700 Feet
    Bottom of the technical portion of Upper South Fork Ticaboo. From here walk the wash down canyon about 1.3 miles to the cattle trail exit on the RDC side leading up to Ticaboo Shelf Spring.
South Fork Ticaboo (4) - Exit
  1. ySF-Tic-Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.71422   W -110.59179        Elev: 4,700 Feet
    Bottom of the technical portion of Upper South Fork Ticaboo. From here walk the wash down canyon about 1.3 miles to the cattle trail exit on the RDC side leading up to Ticaboo Shelf Spring.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. wTicShSpgEx01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70380   W -110.57650        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of the cairned cattle trail up to Ticaboo Shelf Spring.
  7. 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.
  8. wTicShSpgEx03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70200   W -110.57783        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top most switchback on the carined cattle trail.
  9. wTicShSpngTnk          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.70234   W -110.58009        Elev: NaN Feet
    Tank and water trough at Ticaboo 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.