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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
It's the Stops that Kill Ya!
If you are not using this canyon to access the Steamboat, the better end to this hike is to not go all the way up to the Cave, but to hike east and north across the adjacent drainages, heading for the Roundup Grounds. The terrain allows for relatively easy movement and if you are really lucky you will slide around the hills coming out over in the far North Fork drainage just above the large waterfall. From there it is not far on over and around to the Roundup Trail.
Or, enjoy your downclimb back in the South Fork drainage. While none of the falls really comprised a technical climb coming up, you may want to have 80' of rope along to facilitate lowering your pack (and self?) down the cuts.
I'd describe the setting in the South Fork cut to be intimate. It is fairly closed in, though not to the extent of a slot canyon. You can reasonably expect to have the canyon if not the whole drainage to yourself.
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