March 14, 2015
North Wash area, Utah. Head south on route 6 to US 70. Go right, a few miles down take a left on route 24. This takes you past Goblin Valley and the western entrance of Robber's Roost. Keep going to Hanksville where you'll head south on US 95 until mile marker 10. At 10.1 go left on a dirt road, it's about 10 miles from there. Detailed directions are in the beta link below. These dirt roads give you easy access to multiple 3ish mile slots perfect for a long day of catting. You'll find endless vistas of slickrock and other desert layers with an imposing view of the Henry Mountains as backdrop.
Perfect. Stellar weather, completely dry, perfectly warm, no other people anywhere to be found.
First night camped at Angel Canyon put-in. Hiked Angel Canyon the next morning. Easy approach, 90' first rappel, a bit of narrows then opens up and you think it might be over. Continue to drops easy enough to downclimb but require bag/cat shuttling sometimes, more rappels, amazing narrow slots, more downclimbs easy but challenging enough to make you pay attention, fun, and more amazing narrow slots. "Technical" by canyoneer terms but super easy and joyful, just some rappelling. Rapping with cats is super easy. Short-leashing and shouldering works like a charm. Cairns mark a pretty easy to follow trail back to the start. The rest of the day was spent pleasure driving smooth dirt roads finding entrances to other canyons and different campsites. Landed on a peninsula overlooking a giant big bend in the Dirty Devil River overwhelmed by scale of the place, how massive the view was (incredible) yet such a small speck on a Utah map. Next morning hiked from camp down steep sandstone toward put-in for Sawtooth Canyon. Millie and Kenneth were exhausted and clearly did not want to continue, they just kept seeking shade in caves. So we turned around rather than push them when they did not want to be pushed. Checked out the entrance to Bloodhound Canyon upon leaving. An easy stroll down a wash for a 1/2 mile, park-like. Millie turned around and went off-trail straight back to the truck on her own so we called it quits.
Beta: here >