Rough Canyon Climber's Log

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Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Apr 28, 2024 6:17 am Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2024

Roughly Handled  Sucess!

I thought I would squeeze in a hike after my flight to Denver and 4 hour drive to Grand Junction. I fairly pounded my knees by just the hike of this canyon. Tried to make a loop with a 4WD road but could not find the road - I may have not gone far enough down canyon. .


Kessler - Jul 29, 2013 9:39 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2013

Rough Canyon  Sucess!

Including the technical slots.


Shaylee - Jul 29, 2013 9:37 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2013

Rough Canyon  Sucess!

On my birthday, including technical slots.


adunn101 - Apr 22, 2012 12:56 pm

Great Day Hike  Sucess!

Wonderful hike for rock hounds and pups too! I go all the time. The lemon-sqeezer is fun, just try not to get there at dusk...all teh creepy crawlies come out!


Misa - Sep 18, 2011 11:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011

Nice hike  Sucess!

nice hike with mom, Duchess, and David, the best part was to go through lemon squeezer - exciting, scary, but fun.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Sep 18, 2011 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011

nice hiking  Sucess!

Fun canyon to explore, dog friendly, water at the bottom, very pretty scenery.


dakotaconcrete - Jan 8, 2011 1:39 pm

Arrr...what a canyon!  Sucess!

Been through it many times...glad it wasn't during the latest rock fall, that fall pretty much destroyed a good section of trail!


Scott - Jan 1, 2011 8:51 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2013

Rough  Sucess!

May 21 2023

In the morning Shaylee, Kim, and I hiked Rough Canyon not far from our house. It was a nice hike on a nice day.

October 20 2019

Justin, Kimberly, and I canyoneered Shaylees Birthday Canyon and Not Shaylees Birthday Canyon. Both are short, but quite nice, especially if you combine them.

August 12 2019

Kessler and I headed for Shaylee's Birthday Canyon and Not Shaylee's Birthday Canyon for some canyoneering. We descended both canyons and had a good time. There was one pool in Not Shaylee's Birthday Canyon that we had to wade.

April 20 2019

Shaylee, Kimberly, and I headed for Rough Canyon and Shaylee's Birthday Canyon (named several years ago on Shaylee's birthday) since that is what Shaylee picked to do today.

The route through Rough Canyon was rougher than expected since there was a lot of water roaring down the canyon. We had never seen the canyon flowing. There was a lot of wading and the route took much longer than expected since we had to bypass a lot of obstacles that could have been done by hiking the streambed if the water wasn't flowing. We took about three times longer than expected to make it to Shaylee's Birthday Canyon and we were tired by the time we made it to the canyon.

We found the route to the head of the canyon and rappelled in. The slot was short, but better than I remembered and the downclimbs were nice.

After negotiating the slot, we walked back to Rough Canyon and hiked the jeep road back to the vehicle.

May 4 2013

Shaylee wanted to spend her 9th birthday in Grand Junction. We went to places such as Bananas Fun Park (miniature golf, laser tag, etc.), birthday shopping, etc, but we also did some technical canyons so Shaylee would be able to name them on her birthday.

Several years ago (before Shaylee was even born), I had found some slot canyons around Grand Junction, but they were pretty short. There were a few hidden side canyons in the Rough Canyon Complex that looked promising and Shaylee, Kessler, Kimberly and I went to check them out.

The first canyon we completed was what Shaylee wanted to name Shaylee’s Birthday Canyon. It's well hidden an not obvious from anywhere in the main canyon. It was definitely technical and had a nice slot. It had some good downclimbing too. Shaylee named the first drop the lizard drop because there were lizards climbing the wall all over the place. We weren’t quite lizards, so we had to resort to rappelling to access the canyon.

The canyon soon slotted up and had a spring at the top, which made the slot slippery in places. We made our way downcanyon and through the slot, using a rope in some sections.

After Shaylee’s Birthday Canyon, we did another slot canyon and Shaylee named it Hippo Frog. There were some frogs in some of the pools and we enjoyed going through the canyon. It was a nice little slot, but too short.

After completing the slots, we walked back up Rough Canyon and left for some birthday shopping!


I've also been there several other times; all between 2001-2004 while living in Fruita.

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