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The Ropes TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 29 2018
ddgrunning
Canyoneering4.82 Miles 1,283 AEG
Canyoneering4.82 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.05 mph
1,283 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile, but never seem to have the time to make the side trip on my way to Utah.

So, when I found myself driving solo to pick up my kids from a summer camp and on to a family reunion, I decided today was the day.

Not ideal time of year or time of day (it was 105 degrees) when I started the hike, but I had plenty of fluids, the hiking distance is short, and I brought my umbrella for some extra shade.

Just as I was starting off, the afternoon monsoon clouds rolled in to provide some relief from the sun. The wind whipped up a bit and it drizzled a little, but no real rain to speak of.

As my track suggests, I wandered around a bit. There isn’t much of a defined trail, though on my way back, I figured out that the best route from the parking area is just to head due east till you hit the utility road (which is closed to private vehicle traffic), and follow it south-ish, till you hit the wooden power line poles heading east towards the rim. Those lines lead to the road by the substation and take you to more or less the drop in point, though you have to veer up canyon a bit before you hit the rim.

It wasn’t terribly difficult to find, but having the HAZ Route was helpful.

Other than a few cool hoodoos, the hike to the edge of the rim was a little blasé. But once you start down the crack, it gets interesting in a hurry.

I did not find the exposure concerning at all. There are some questionable ropes at the two minor drops (about 10 ft each), but the ropes aren’t strictly necessary,

As you approach the bottom, there are two sets of steel cables, one with a decent dynamic rope also in place there, that give you a quicker option to drop the last 120 feet or so (though again, not strictly necessary).

Once down at the river level, the canyon magic takes over. The water is smooth, clear and cold! I explored the campground and petroglyph panel, before making the climb out and contInuing on my trip.

Would love to come back with a pack raft and do a shuttle/paddle the 15 miles down to Lee’s Ferry sometime.
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