Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
Off Trail, bushwhacking, scrambling, bouldering, and climbing. This trail offers fabulous views and never ending challenges for a beginner ( non technical) in a narrow, dramatic, canyon changing with each rain.
From the trailhead, Cougar canyon is directly in front of you. bushwhack the contour around the hill to enter Cougar.
The Sierra Anchas have very limited cell coverage. Let others know where you are. Think medical help or rescue, be prepared to wait. As with any canyoneering be weather alert. There are several points in this canyon where exiting right or left in an emergency is nearly impossible.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.