September 28 2013
September 28 2013
Matt Lemke, Mike Kelsey, Kessler and I met near Hidden Splendor the night before in order to do some technical canyons. It actually snowed around Ghost Rock that night, but the morning was clear.
In the morning, we hiked up to the top of the San Rafael Reef and then through Miners Hollow/Knotted Rope Canyon. We really enjoyed the views from the top of the San Rafael Reef and visited the old mining camp before heading down the canyon. Because of recent precipitation, most of the potholes were pretty full. We encountered a group of women early on, but we knew it was the annual Chick Fest gathering, which location and timing is usually kept under wraps, so we didn’t want to crash their party, and after a brief chat we went on our way.
The canyon was full of quite a bit of water, but it was fun. Because the potholes were full, the canyon was pretty easy and with only a few beached whale moves required. After completing the canyon, we hiked up the Muddy River Gorge and to Hidden Splendor. It took us about 6.5 hours to complete the trip. Matt Lemke went home after this, but the rest of us stayed.
May 3 2008
My brother Richard and I made a loop by climbing up to the head of the Knotted Rope Crack, down Miners Hollow/Knotted Rope Canyon and back out via the Muddy Creek Gorge. We made good time and climbed Point 6180 along the way for some great views before heading over to Knotted Rope/Miners Hollow. Since there was a fatal accident last year in the first pothole in the canyon, we brought all kinds of gear including pulleys ala crevasse rescue style and were prepared for anything by taking all kinds of climbing gear. The canyon turned out much easier than expected and we were through in no time. Just fun little climbs (however, you don’t want to fall into the first pothole). It was quite fun and the walk back was beautiful though there were some signs of illegal motorcycle activity on the way back.
10/13/11 - Half full, some challenges, beautiful!
5/12/13 - Tippy top full, so much so that water was spilling over every time we got in a pothole!
9/27/13 - Very full, but not quite as much as when I went through this past spring. Fun as always.
Did with Scott, Kessler and Michael Kelsey...all the potholes were full of water and made for a fun and easy outing. Views from the top of the reef are spectacular!