In 2011, the Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers made a trip to Robber's Roost Canyon near Hanksville, Utah. Because of limited time, we were not able to explore the upper reaches of the canyon and only made it as far as the mouth of White Roost Canyon. The photo album of that trip can be found HERE. At the time I regretted that I probably would never get the chance of a return trip, as opportunities are limited when you are approaching 70 years of age.
But this year, as I was looking for a Utah trip that would allow dogs as well as a large group, the idea of returning to Robber's Roost Canyon was appealing as both were allowed. However, I didn't want to redo our 2011 trip by entering the mouth of the canyon via the Dirty Devil. In 2011, the rest of the group went up the White Roost and found what is called the “White Roost Exit”. I thought that if we could enter the canyon by using this exit, we could explore the upper reaches of Robber's Roost that we were not able to do in 2011.
Robber's Roost Canyon gets its name from the legendary Wild Bunch gang that included the famous outlaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A history of the Wild Bunch and the Robber's Roost hideout can be found HERE.
After my two trips here, I must say that this canyon complex is probably my favorite of all the places we've hiked in Utah.
Somehow we were able to fit 10 people, one dog, and all our food and gear into two vehicles for the drive down to Utah (Fred drove up from New Mexico). I didn't think it could be done.
Note photos ending in "bill" are by Bill M; "mike" are by Mike Stong; and "Austin" by Austin Peckinpaugh.
Kickass Trekkers on this trip: Bill Mooseker, Gary Shively, Roger Shively, Kevin Shively, Fred Stong, Shelby Stong, Derek Stong, Mike Stong, David Brown, Austin Peckinpaugh, Danny Stallings, and Walter "The Wonder Dog".
The descriptions under the photo thumbnails in the album sometimes contain links to maps or additional information. These are identified by “Blue” text.
I've used the web mapping application, ACME Mapper 2.1, which uses Google Maps to show where certain photos in the album were taken or to locate features shown in the photos. Controls for ACME Mapper are described HERE. Basically, you can zoom in and out using the mouse wheel or drag the map by clicking and holding. If you hover your mouse cursor over a marker (red bubble on the map), a description of the marker will popup. You can also click the spinning globe in the bottom right corner to toggle the description box.
I've also prepared a Google Map of the trip with links to photos taken at or near the marked location. The map can be found HERE.
Troop 24 "Kickass Trekkers" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker
Date(s): April 14-19, 2014. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 450 of 450 Total. 1682 Visits.
Bill -- I am so impressed with your drive and stamina -- I hope some of that came from the Turner side and that it shows up in my life. I look forward to visiting and hiking Utah, WY, and CA in my retirement. - Jeff Turner, Mon, 12 May 2014 6:51PM
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enlarge 125KB, 1024x768 2 2014 Robbers Roost 0011-mike Almost into Utah, after a very long day(700 mi Lynnwood - Tremonton) in the Shelbymobile - Derek, Walter, Danny, and David. Mike and Shelby in the front seat.
enlarge 133KB, 1024x768 3 2014 Robbers Roost 0012-mike We got off to a pretty early start after spending the night at the Marble Motel in Tremonton, UT. This is on US 6 between Price and I70. You know you are getting close to I70 when you see that pointed peak at the end of the range.
enlarge 139KB, 1024x768 4 2014 Robbers Roost 0013-mike View from UT24 - You can see the Henry Mountainsin the distance to the left.
I first travelled this road on the way to California in 1965. I blew one of my retreads along this stretch and had to get a new tire in Hanksville for $55 (which is equivalent to $415 today)
Another one of my memories from 1965 along this stretch is of a Corvair (air cooled) on a very very hot day sitting along the road with it's hood (in the rear) up cooling down. My dad had a Corvair while I was in college.
enlarge 218KB, 1024x768 5 2014 Robbers Roost 0014-mike Before we hit the trail, we stopped for lunch at Blondies in Hanksville. We've been stopping here for many years either coming or going.
enlarge 215KB, 1024x768 6 2014 Robbers Roost 002-bill Shelby, David, and Kevin at Blondies waiting for their burgers.
enlarge 201KB, 1024x768 7 2014 Robbers Roost 003-bill Austin and Danny at Blondies.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 8 2014 Robbers Roost 0015-mike Getting ready to drive from Hanksville to the trailhead.
enlarge 359KB, 1024x916 9 white roost roads Route to the White Roost Trailhead (view at original size) from ACME Mapper 2.1. Map can be found HERE
Blondies and Hanksville are at the lower left. Note that near Texas Hill, you leave the main road just after it turns east by turning south. Shortly after the turn, the road goes through a ranch compound, just bear to the right. After this the road becomes much rougher.
enlarge 390KB, 1152x610 10 White roost exit 1 Google Earth Image of Start of hike into White Roost Canyon. (View at Original Size). You can see the parking area is quite a ways from Waypoint 01. There is no parking at the start as there is only soft sand on either side of the one lane road. So we hiked down the road to Waypoint 01 and used the GPS to point us toward 02.
You can see that there is a possible trail between Waypoint 01 and 02. While it was not obvious when we left the road, we soon found a path that got more evident as we progressed.
enlarge 385KB, 1152x611 11 White roost exit 2 This shows the remainder of the route into White Roost Canyon (View at Original Size). There was a good trail down to about Waypoint 10, where we followed cairns the rest of the way.
Note that at Waypoint 12a there was fairly steep slickrock that I found to be uncomfortable going down carrying a pack. Everyone else was fine though.
enlarge 190KB, 1024x768 12 2014 Robbers Roost 004-mike After lunch, we backtracked about 16 miles north on UT24 and headed out about 25 miles over dirt roads to the Parking Area which was quite a ways from the actual "trailhead".
enlarge 171KB, 1024x768 13 2014 Robbers Roost 005-mike Walter wonders what the holdup is. In fact it is hard to get all the gear and food stowed in your packs after travelling about 1100 miles.
enlarge 222KB, 1152x647 14 2014 Robbers Roost 006-bill Packs on: David, Kevin, Gary, and Roger. 04/14/14 3:26 pdt
enlarge 78.60MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 15 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 001.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Video showing the preparations to get our asses in gear.
enlarge 115KB, 1024x768 16 2014 Robbers Roost 007-mike Telephoto shot of Henry Mountains in the distance.
enlarge 164KB, 1024x768 17 2014 Robbers Roost 008-mike After hiking down the road from the parking area to GPS waypoint 1, we head out over the mesa looking for the faint trail that could be seen on Google Earth - Fred, Kevin, and Mike. 04/14/14 at 3:45 pdt
enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 18 2014 Robbers Roost 009-mike Bill, Kevin, Gary, and Fred - Note that the flat terrain has no landmarks to let you know where you are going. Using Google Earth to load waypoints into a GPS helped a lot to get us going in the right direction.
enlarge 181KB, 1024x768 19 2014 Robbers Roost 010-mike Heading across the flats - Shelby found some footprints that eventually become a trail.
enlarge 335KB, 1152x647 20 2014 Robbers Roost 011-bill After topping a rise, the trail dips into a wash. The canyon is now visible in the distance.
enlarge 49.26MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 21 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 002.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Dropping into the wash.
enlarge 175KB, 1024x768 23 2014 Robbers Roost 013-mike Off to the side, we can see the upper rim of the canyon which is capped by a hard brown layer with the pink navajo sandstone just below it.
enlarge 344KB, 1024x768 24 2014 Robbers Roost 014-mike Rubble from the hard upper layer covers the navajo sandstone near the rim.
enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 25 2014 Robbers Roost 015-mike It's hard to see where the canyon is from this vantage point. You can see the guys are way ahead of the old men.
enlarge 261KB, 1024x768 26 2014 Robbers Roost 016-bill Another view.
enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 27 2014 Robbers Roost 017-mike The old men bring up the rear - Fred, Bill, and Gary.
enlarge 193KB, 1024x768 28 2014 Robbers Roost 018-mike We can see that we are coming closer to the sandstone slickrock.
enlarge 204KB, 1024x768 29 2014 Robbers Roost 019-bill At the end of the trail, we follow cairns across the slickrock. 04/14/14 3:46 pdt
enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 30 2014 Robbers Roost 020-bill I had anticipated that we would follow the drainage down but we seem to be staying high.
enlarge 239KB, 768x1024 31 2014 Robbers Roost 021-mike Bill negotiating the slickrock - view is looking back towards the canyon rim.
enlarge 238KB, 1024x768 32 2014 Robbers Roost 022-mike Cairn - We came through the pass on the horizon just to the right of the cairn.
enlarge 235KB, 1024x768 33 2014 Robbers Roost 023-mike The cairns lead us down this gully between two conical domes - the one on the right is not visible here.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 34 2014 Robbers Roost 024-mike We can see the lower rim of White Roost as we come to the end of the Gully.
enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 35 2014 Robbers Roost 025-bill Gary going down the gully
enlarge 221KB, 1024x768 36 2014 Robbers Roost 026-bill Another view.
enlarge 177KB, 1024x768 37 2014 Robbers Roost 027-mike At the end of the gully, we come to a steep section of slickrock. You can see me at the top taking off my pack as I didn't feel comfortable coming down this stretch. Danny (down by Walter) is coming up to take my pack.
enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 38 2014 Robbers Roost 028-mike Derek and Walter on the Slickrock.
enlarge 160KB, 1024x768 39 2014 Robbers Roost 029-mike Coming down the slickrock. Note the other conical dome to the right of the photo.
enlarge 163KB, 1024x768 40 2014 Robbers Roost 030-bill It's fairly flat at the bottom as we make our way around the big dome seen in the previous photos.
Note that when we got to this point, we found that there was another series of cairns that appeared to take a more northerly and moderate route. We took that route when we left the canyon. 04/14/14 4:15 pdt
enlarge 205KB, 1024x768 41 2014 Robbers Roost 031-mike Going around the big dome, the way leads down to a series of steps and landings that make the descent from here very easy - Bill Gary, and Roger.
You can see the cairn in the foreground - Note that Danny took my pack all the way to the bottom, which you can see to the left of the photo.
enlarge 226KB, 768x1024 42 2014 Robbers Roost 032-mike Kevin and Roger going down the "Stairs"
enlarge 171.01MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 43 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 003.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Video showing the descent to the bottom of White Roost.
enlarge 221KB, 1024x768 44 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 003.mp4 Gary and Fred go down the middle section of the descent.
enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 45 2014 Robbers Roost 035-mike Gary and Roger on their way down the final ramp.
enlarge 235KB, 1024x768 46 2014 Robbers Roost 036-bill Bill and Danny on the middle ramp.
enlarge 210KB, 1024x768 47 2014 Robbers Roost 037-bill Danny rounding the turn for the next portion of the descent.
enlarge 269KB, 1024x768 48 2014 Robbers Roost 038-bill Danny and Fred.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 49 2014 Robbers Roost 039-mike The bottom is in sight.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 51 2014 Robbers Roost 042-bill Looking back at the side slot that you take to exit (or enter as we did) the White Roost. 04/14/14 4:32 pdt
enlarge 286KB, 768x1024 52 2014 Robbers Roost 043-mike Walter trying on his "booties" to protect his feet from cactus spines. These didn't last long as they came off and got wet and sandy going through the stream and would do more harm than good.
It was kind of funny to see him walk in them as he was prancing like a deer!!
enlarge 230KB, 768x1024 53 2014 Robbers Roost 044-mike Close up of Walter. I don't think he is too happy about the booties.
enlarge 310KB, 1024x768 54 2014 Robbers Roost 045-mike We've lost the sun, but there is still lots of daylight left. I had thought that this was as far as we were going to get, but it looked like we could get much farther down the canyon.
enlarge 287KB, 768x1024 65 2014 Robbers Roost 055-mike Bill
enlarge 284KB, 768x1024 66 2014 Robbers Roost 056-mike Bill heading down canyon.
enlarge 219KB, 768x1024 67 2014 Robbers Roost 059-mike Gary & Kevin silhouetted in the shadow
enlarge 299KB, 768x1024 68 2014 Robbers Roost 060-mike Kevin & Gary going over a side hill.
enlarge 173KB, 768x1024 69 2014 Robbers Roost 057-bill White Roost opens up and there is a pretty well defined path, but there are a few spots that take some time to figure out the best way to go through or around an obstacle.
enlarge 245KB, 768x1024 70 2014 Robbers Roost 058-bill Have to stay to the right and have some fancy footwork around this pool and hope that you don't get your feet wet.
enlarge 271KB, 768x1024 71 2014 Robbers Roost 061-mike Another typical pool along the way down the White Roost.
enlarge 274KB, 768x1024 72 2014 Robbers Roost 062-mike Same pool looking up canyon - Kevin and Gary coming down.
enlarge 228KB, 768x1024 73 2014 Robbers Roost 063-mike Reflection in pool
enlarge 208KB, 1024x768 74 2014 Robbers Roost 064-bill White Roost opens up even more the closer we get to the Junction with the main Robber's Roost.
enlarge 238KB, 1024x768 75 2014 Robbers Roost 065-bill Plenty of water this year in the White Roost.
enlarge 215KB, 1024x768 99 2014 Robbers Roost 090-mike Mouth of the Middle Fork is around the next bend to the right. Note the distinctive Hoodoos atop the two domes at center. See if you can find them in This Photo or in This One
From Left to right, I'm naming them "The Wild Bunch", Sundance Kid, and Butch Cassidy. Click HERE for a map. Hover your mouse cursor over the markers for descriptions.
enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 100 2014 Robbers Roost 089-bill Another view - Mike (at center), Gary and Roger behind bushes.
enlarge 278KB, 768x1024 101 2014 Robbers Roost 091-mike Gary and Roger approaching the junction with the Middle Fork.
enlarge 218KB, 768x1024 102 2014 Robbers Roost 092-mike Austin taking a break at the Middle Fork.
enlarge 232KB, 1024x768 103 2014 Robbers Roost 093-bill Danny at the mouth of the Middle Fork (looking down the main R.R. Canyon) 04/15/14 10:05 pdt
enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 104 2014 Robbers Roost 094-bill Mike at the mouth of the Middle Fork (view is looking up the Middle Fork).
enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 129 2014 Robbers Roost 122-bill They gave up as they felt that there was no way to get down safely after they had gotten up. There are petroglyphs on the ledge above the steps that they wanted to see.
enlarge 250KB, 1024x768 130 2014 Robbers Roost 123-mike Derek explores the alcove to the left of the Moki Steps.
enlarge 289KB, 1024x768 132 2014 Robbers Roost 118-mike Interesting rock formation near the Moki Steps.
enlarge 262KB, 768x1024 133 2014 Robbers Roost 127-mike Mike under the alcove near the Moki Steps.
enlarge 226KB, 1024x768 134 2014 Robbers Roost 128-mike Mike - When climbers go up the Moki Steps they cross over the "bridge" at the top of the alcove and then climb to the upper canyon rim where they've left their car.
enlarge 301KB, 768x1024 135 2014 Robbers Roost 130-mike Heading down - You can see the "bridge" more clearly in this view.
enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 136 2014 Robbers Roost 131-mike Overall view of the Moki Steps.
enlarge 348KB, 1024x768 138 2014 Robbers Roost 129-mike As usual, a card game is in progress.
enlarge 224KB, 1024x768 139 2014 Robbers Roost 133-bill Looking up canyon from our lunch spot.
enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 140 2014 Robbers Roost 134-bill Mike taking a photo. This telephoto view shows the "Borg" like cube at the junction of the North Fork of R.R. (to the left) and the "Mindbender" fork (to the right).
enlarge 373KB, 1024x768 141 2014 Robbers Roost 135-bill Walter taking a break.
enlarge 385KB, 1024x768 142 2014 Robbers Roost 136-mike A single Claret Cup Cactus is in bloom (you can see that many others are on the brink.) I think we are a week too early.
enlarge 380KB, 1024x768 143 2014 Robbers Roost 137-mike Close up of Cactus Bloom.
enlarge 260KB, 1024x768 144 2014 Robbers Roost 138-bill Looking back down canyon. You can see the Moki Steps to the left of center and Sundance and the Wild Bunch in the far distance. Mike and Fred are making their way up canyon. 04/15/14 11:58 pdt.
enlarge 180KB, 1024x768 145 2014 Robbers Roost 139-bill Looking up the Mindbender fork with the Borg Cube to the left.
enlarge 241KB, 1024x768 146 2014 Robbers Roost 140-bill Fred and Gary. Note the "Hat" dome to the right. It is a prominent landmark as you make your way up the canyon.
enlarge 279KB, 1024x768 147 2014 Robbers Roost 141-mike Fred pointing out a feature to Gary.
enlarge 231KB, 1024x768 148 2014 Robbers Roost 142-mike South side of canyon near the junction.
enlarge 246KB, 768x1024 149 2014 Robbers Roost 143-mike Approaching the junction the Borg Cube dominates the canyon.
enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 150 2014 Robbers Roost 144-mike Close up view.
enlarge 250KB, 1024x768 151 2014 Robbers Roost 145-mike We head into the North Fork, which appears to be much narrower than what we've been hiking through.
enlarge 282KB, 1024x768 158 2014 Robbers Roost 152-bill Another shot.
enlarge 288KB, 1024x768 159 2014 Robbers Roost 153-bill Looking back towards the junction - Gary is coming up thru loose sand.
enlarge 189KB, 768x1024 160 2014 Robbers Roost 154-mike Finally, we find some water trickling over the sand. Not knowing the water situation in the upper canyon (Kelsey's map shows that most of it is dry) we decide to camp here in a cottonwood grove atop a sandy outwash. 04/15/14 12:38 pdt.
enlarge 267KB, 768x1024 161 2014 Robbers Roost 155-mike The stream has eroded a path beneath this ledge.
enlarge 202KB, 768x1024 162 2014 Robbers Roost 156-mike View of overhang the creek has cut into the sandstone.
enlarge 270KB, 768x1024 163 2014 Robbers Roost 157-mike The water ends in the sand in front of our camp.
enlarge 224KB, 1024x768 164 2014 Robbers Roost 158-mike Cottonwood leaves in the sand.
enlarge 270KB, 1024x768 165 2014 Robbers Roost 159-mike When Walter got to where we were camping he flopped down in the last trickle of water before it disappeared under the sand.
enlarge 325KB, 1024x768 166 2014 Robbers Roost 160-mike It was still early in the day, but we decided to spend a leisurely afternoon in camp.
enlarge 367KB, 1024x768 169 2014 Robbers Roost 163-bill Camp life - note the "rugged" Ozark Trail (Walmart) tent - it had a special flap that would let you pass an extension cord into the tent. It also had a note that warned you to vacate all personnel and valuables from the tent in inclement weather!!
enlarge 240KB, 1024x768 170 2014 Robbers Roost 164-mike After we had been in camp awhile, the water flow seemed to be slowing down. Shelby decided to dig out a hole so that we could dip water without getting a lot of sand in it.
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 171 2014 Robbers Roost 165-mike Bill is checking the construction with an Engineer's eye.
enlarge 215KB, 1024x768 173 2014 Robbers Roost 167-mike We saw these three dark areas on the cliff behind our camp and were wondering if they were nests, but if you enlarge the picture you can see that they are very hardy plants taking root.
enlarge 254KB, 1024x768 174 2014 Robbers Roost 168-mike David checking out the cliff.
enlarge 205KB, 1024x768 175 2014 Robbers Roost 169-mike The "Nest" area is to the right.
enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 176 2014 Robbers Roost 170-bill A view of the "Nest" area a little ways up canyon from our camp.
enlarge 317KB, 1024x768 177 2014 Robbers Roost 171-bill This meadow is just up canyon from our camp.
enlarge 317KB, 1024x768 178 2014 Robbers Roost 172-mike There was a nice grassy bench above our camp, which was a nice place to pitch our tents - Here Derek is pitching his tent.
enlarge 385KB, 1024x768 179 2014 Robbers Roost 173-mike General Mayhem of camp.
enlarge 260KB, 768x1024 180 2014 Robbers Roost 174-mike You can see the water flow has almost stopped in front of our camp.
enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 181 2014 Robbers Roost 175-mike At least the water in Shelby's pool has cleared somewhat - but the lack of flow is worrysome
enlarge 334KB, 1024x768 182 2014 Robbers Roost 176-mike I take some time to read my book in the afternoon sun.
enlarge 262KB, 1024x768 183 2014 Robbers Roost 177-mike Walter taking a "sand" bath.
enlarge 368KB, 1024x768 196 2014 Robbers Roost 189-bill New Day - 04/16/14 9:40 pdt Canyon above camp - a lot of bushwacking through brush. We decided to day hike the upper North Fork and then on our return, head back down canyon and go up the Mindbender fork.
enlarge 293KB, 1024x768 197 2014 Robbers Roost 190-mike Heading up canyon along a nice undercut.
enlarge 249KB, 768x1024 199 2014 Robbers Roost 192-mike Looking up canyon from the previous photo.
enlarge 257KB, 1024x768 200 2014 Robbers Roost 193-mike Walter: "What's holding you up!" Doing a little "liquefaction" by pumping the sand.
enlarge 207KB, 1024x768 201 2014 Robbers Roost 194-mike Shelby with his "Hillbilly" grass.
enlarge 263KB, 1024x768 202 2014 Robbers Roost 195-mike Austin and Walter get into the act.
enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 203 2014 Robbers Roost 196-bill Getting into the upper Canyon - the walls narrow in.
enlarge 255KB, 1024x768 204 2014 Robbers Roost 197-bill Bill approaching the pouroff pool.
enlarge 250KB, 1024x768 205 2014 Robbers Roost 198-bill This was a very scenic part of the canyon.
enlarge 277KB, 1024x768 206 2014 Robbers Roost 199-bill Coming up to a pouroff pool - there was still a lot of water flowing in the canyon, but we still hadn't come upon any suitable campsites, so it looks like it was a good decision to camp where we did.
enlarge 271KB, 768x1024 219 2014 Robbers Roost 217-mike Here is a nice pool in the wash. I was surprised by the amount of water in the upper canyon.
enlarge 228KB, 768x1024 220 2014 Robbers Roost 218-bill Mouth of the "Crack". Fred and I started up this and were soon joined by Walter.
enlarge 274KB, 1024x768 221 2014 Robbers Roost 219-mike Austin and Derek weren't far behind Walter.
enlarge 206KB, 768x1024 222 2014 Robbers Roost 221-mike Our progress up the side canyon was disrupted by a deep pool of water.
enlarge 262KB, 1024x768 223 2014 Robbers Roost 222-mike We built a step from rocks that were handy and with Shelby pulling and Roger and David giving me a shove from behind, I was able to get over the hump.
enlarge 276KB, 1024x768 225 2014 Robbers Roost 224-mike By climbing up and around we were able to avoid the pool.
enlarge 271KB, 1024x768 226 2014 Robbers Roost 228-mike It wasn't too long before we came to the end of the easy part of the Crack. Shelby has already started to climb up the chimney to the next level. 04/16/14 10:42 pdt.
Map location for this spot as well as the entrance of the side canyon is HERE.
enlarge 263KB, 768x1024 228 2014 Robbers Roost 227-mike Getting higher as Derek looks on.
enlarge 232KB, 768x1024 229 2014 Robbers Roost 229-mike Right next to the chimney that Shelby was going up there is another side canyon coming in with this "waterfall" and a pothole above.
enlarge 227KB, 768x1024 230 2014 Robbers Roost 230-mike Looking up above the pothole.
enlarge 245KB, 768x1024 231 2014 Robbers Roost 231-mike David gives it a try.
enlarge 241KB, 768x1024 232 2014 Robbers Roost 232-mike This was a no go. Very beautifully sculpted rocks though.
enlarge 196KB, 1024x768 233 2014 Robbers Roost 236-mike Bill getting his maps out.
enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 234 2014 Robbers Roost 237-mike Where do we go next?
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 235 2014 Robbers Roost 238-mike In Michael Kelsey's book, he has a nice picture of the "Crack", and I was a little disappointed that the slot portion of the canyon was not a "walk in" but a "climb in".
enlarge 208KB, 1024x768 236 2014 Robbers Roost 239-mike For this trip, I used printouts of Google Earth screenshots as maps as they gave much more detail than the topo maps.
enlarge 280KB, 768x1024 237 2014 Robbers Roost 233-bill David decides to follow Shelby up into the Crack.
enlarge 252KB, 768x1024 238 2014 Robbers Roost 234-bill Kevin after thinking about following, decides to play it safe.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 239 2014 Robbers Roost 240-mike Mike - Looking down canyon.
enlarge 243KB, 1024x768 240 2014 Robbers Roost 241-mike Close up of Mike.
enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 241 2014 Robbers Roost 242-mike Mike showing the effects of sculpting by wind and water.
enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 242 2014 Robbers Roost 243-mike Looking along the canyon wall.
enlarge 214KB, 768x1024 243 2014 Robbers Roost 244-mike Looking towards the mouth of the canyon.
enlarge 278KB, 768x1024 245 2014 Robbers Roost 247-bill Looking back toward the end of the walkable stretch, you can see the scale of the canyon if you enlarge the photo to see Roger and Gary.
enlarge 229KB, 768x1024 246 2014 Robbers Roost 248-bill looking towards the mouth of the canyon.
enlarge 184KB, 768x1024 247 2014 Robbers Roost 249-bill At one point I heard yelling in the distance. When I looked up I could see Shelby on top of the Canyon rim. It had taken him about 20 minutes to get to the top. You can see him if you look closely.
04/16/14 11:11 pdt.
enlarge 133KB, 768x1024 248 2014 Robbers Roost 250-bill Telephoto of Shelby on top.
enlarge 253KB, 768x1024 254 2014 Robbers Roost 256-mike Fred and Bill.
enlarge 240KB, 768x1024 255 2014 Robbers Roost 257-bill Looking into the PCE - it is a climb from the start.
enlarge 241KB, 768x1024 256 2014 Robbers Roost 258-bill Kevin gives it a go. It is called the Partner Climb exit as you need a partner to boost you up out of a pothole and then to pull your partner up.
enlarge 271KB, 1024x768 257 2014 Robbers Roost 259-bill We continued up canyon and went up the next fork as far as we could easily go until we came onto this boulder fall blocking our way. If you enlarge the photo you can see Kevin up at the boulders. Fred and Mike in the foreground.
enlarge 167KB, 768x1024 273 2014 Robbers Roost 274-mike Bill as Gabby Hayes.
enlarge 240KB, 1024x768 274 2014 Robbers Roost 275-bill Fred and Mike below the pouroff pool
enlarge 220KB, 1024x768 275 2014 Robbers Roost 276-bill After getting back to camp we had lunch and hoisted our packs and headed down canyon. We can see the "Hat" dome and Sundance and the Wild bunch domes in the distance.
enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 276 2014 Robbers Roost 277-bill At the mouth we turn left and go around the base of the Borg Cube in order to go up the Mindbender fork.
enlarge 198KB, 1024x768 277 2014 Robbers Roost 278-bill Mike and Fred above the stream at the mouth of the North Fork R.R.
enlarge 300KB, 1152x647 278 2014 Robbers Roost 279-bill Heading up Mindbender we come across this pouroff pool near the mouth of the canyon.
enlarge 60.11MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 279 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 008.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Leaving small pouroff
enlarge 327KB, 1024x768 280 2014 Robbers Roost 280-bill Roger at pouroff pool.
enlarge 210KB, 1024x768 281 2014 Robbers Roost 281-mike Heading up canyon it looks like we are going to hit a dead end but we take a sharp turn to the right beyond the cliff on the right.
enlarge 158KB, 768x1024 282 2014 Robbers Roost 282-mike Looking back down canyon towards the "Hat" dome.
enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 283 2014 Robbers Roost 283-bill Coming up to the bend in the canyon. We met two canyoneers who had done one of the Mindbender slots just before this spot. They were the first people we had seen on our hike.
enlarge 245KB, 768x1024 289 2014 Robbers Roost 289-bill You can see the slot above where the canyoneers rappel down. I don't think I'd like to hang on a rope from there.
A photo journal of the Maybe Mindbender slot is located HERE.
enlarge 266KB, 1152x647 290 2014 Robbers Roost 292-bill Checking our the Great Falls.
enlarge 69.68MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 291 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 009.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Video of the Great Falls.
enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 292 2014 Robbers Roost 293-mike While it was a spectacular place and where we had planned to camp (per Kelsey's reference as a great camp spot), it was very damp and the sand was saturated and unappealing for a camp site.
enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 293 2014 Robbers Roost 294-mike You can see that the wet sand went all the way to the side of the canyon.
enlarge 245KB, 1024x768 294 2014 Robbers Roost 295-mike Looking down canyon from the Great Falls.
enlarge 226KB, 1024x768 295 2014 Robbers Roost 296-mike Heading back down canyon.
enlarge 231KB, 1024x768 296 2014 Robbers Roost 297-bill We kept looking for a good campsite but there were none in the upper canyon.
enlarge 222KB, 1024x768 297 2014 Robbers Roost 298-mike We finally went all the way pack to the pouroff pool, and found a spot below it. Here Derek is getting water.
enlarge 298KB, 1024x768 301 2014 Robbers Roost 302-mike view of camp from afar.
enlarge 259KB, 1024x768 302 2014 Robbers Roost 303-mike Danny, Fred, and Bill
enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 303 2014 Robbers Roost 304-mike More Camp.
enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 304 2014 Robbers Roost 305-bill Chili Night - Shelby and Roger are chef's again.
enlarge 90.36MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 305 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 010.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Chili Night!
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 306 2014 Robbers Roost 306-bill Looking up canyon from our cook spot.
enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 307 2014 Robbers Roost 307-mike Unusual rock formation near camp. David found one that looked like a dog bone with emerald colored marrow. He was going to take it to the geology lab to see what it was.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 308 2014 Robbers Roost 308-mike Another view.
enlarge 261KB, 1024x768 309 2014 Robbers Roost 309-mike Pouroff pool
enlarge 336KB, 1024x768 329 2014 Robbers Roost 330-mike Prickly Pear Cactus. You can see the beginnings of a "Pear" growing on the end of the pad. Looking at those spikes, I wonder what Shelby was thinking.
enlarge 321KB, 1024x768 330 2014 Robbers Roost 331-mike When you're walking along you have to be carefull you don't get one of these spines in your foot.
enlarge 278KB, 1024x768 331 2014 Robbers Roost 332-bill Heading up the Middle Fork.
enlarge 323KB, 1024x768 332 2014 Robbers Roost 333-bill Near the mouth of the Middle Fork, it is quite different than what we have seen - it seems as the bedding of the rock is horizontal leading to a different texture with a lot of flat slabs as can be seen here.
enlarge 342KB, 1024x768 333 2014 Robbers Roost 334-mike Mushroom like rock outcrops.
enlarge 344KB, 1024x768 334 2014 Robbers Roost 335-mike Full speed ahead - Shelby, Derek, Austin, David, and Gary.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 373 2014 Robbers Roost 375-mike Arch forming in canyon wall. Past the Notch falls, the canyon became rougher with more vegetation. Mike went up a bluff on the right side. Fred went through the jungle and then had to climb over a boulder field to get up to where Mike was. I went back and tried to go up where Mike went, but it was too much for me.
enlarge 255KB, 1024x768 374 2014 Robbers Roost 376-mike You can see the boulder fall from the arch emerging from the far wall has covered the valley floor. It looks like there is an impassible pouroff below the wall with the holes in the distance. We decided to call it a day here.
enlarge 180KB, 1152x432 375 Middle Fork RR Semi panoramic shot made from Mike's photos at our stopping point.
enlarge 195KB, 1024x768 378 2014 Robbers Roost 380-mike Fred - He thought it took way too much effort to get up to where Mike was.
enlarge 365KB, 1024x768 379 2014 Robbers Roost 381-bill Pool near the last bend.
enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 380 2014 Robbers Roost 382-bill Heading back near the Notch Falls.
enlarge 314KB, 1024x768 381 2014 Robbers Roost 384-bill Bill - From this point you can see all the way down the Middle Fork.
enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 382 2014 Robbers Roost 385-bill Mike and Fred - You can see there was still water in the wash.
enlarge 293KB, 1024x768 383 2014 Robbers Roost 386-bill Getting back near our camp we spy the Douglas Fir Grove. When we got back, I found a mutiny on my hands as there was a movement pull up stakes and move back to our original Camp 1 and go out a day early.
I was a little pissed off, but Danny set up a secret ballot to see who wanted to move camp and who wanted to go out a day early.
enlarge 365KB, 1024x768 384 2014 Robbers Roost 388-mike Well, it wasn't the best camp so I agreed to hiking back to Camp 1 which was a much better camp site.
By Secret ballot, the Shively's - Gary, Roger, and Kevin opted to hike out the next day (4/18). The rest voted to stick to the original schedule. Unfortunately, because of car space, Mike had to go out early as well.
Here are Roger, Gary, and Shelby back at Camp 1 near the mouth of White Roost.
enlarge 368KB, 1024x768 385 2014 Robbers Roost 389-mike Shelby practicing "fly casting" with another "Hillbilly Grass".
enlarge 261KB, 1024x768 386 2014 Robbers Roost 391-mike Fun with Hillbilly Grass.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 387 2014 Robbers Roost 394-mike Shelby, Derek, and Fred Stong.
enlarge 179KB, 1024x768 388 2014 Robbers Roost 395-mike Close up.
enlarge 143KB, 1024x768 398 2014 Robbers Roost 408-mike "Butch Cassidy" catching the last rays of the sun.
enlarge 229KB, 1024x768 399 2014 Robbers Roost 409-mike The out early contingent left before sun up - Here Gary and Roger have reached the low rim of the White Roost.
enlarge 241KB, 1024x768 400 2014 Robbers Roost 410-mike You can see from the shadows that the sun is just coming up over the horizon.
enlarge 204KB, 768x1024 401 2014 Robbers Roost 411-mike Following the cairns.
enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 402 2014 Robbers Roost 412-mike Kevin going up slickrock.
enlarge 177KB, 768x1024 403 2014 Robbers Roost 413-mike Mike takes a selfie.
enlarge 203KB, 1024x768 404 2014 Robbers Roost 414-mike Roger and Gary - This was the cairned route that was to the north of our route in.
enlarge 158KB, 1024x768 405 2014 Robbers Roost 415-mike Mike got this shot - In the far distance (from left to right): The Wild Bunch, Sundance, and Butch Cassidy.
enlarge 206KB, 768x1024 406 2014 Robbers Roost 416-mike Gary - on the mesa top.
enlarge 299KB, 1024x768 407 2014 Robbers Roost 417-mike Kevin and Roger making for the cars.
enlarge 155KB, 1024x768 408 2014 Robbers Roost 418-mike The Henry Mountains.
enlarge 214KB, 1024x768 409 2014 Robbers Roost 419-mike Almost to the cars - There is a 4th vehicle there. We saw a tent just down the main canyon from our Camp the previous night - this must have been theirs.
enlarge 269KB, 1024x768 410 2014 Robbers Roost 420-bill After breakfast, Everybody but Fred and I headed down canyon. Danny was making for the Dirty Devil all the way down to find the petroglyphs near the mouth of Robbers Roost. The rest of the group went as far down as the arch.
It was very hot in the morning, and I was glad that I hadn't gone down with the rest. As the day went along it got cloudier and the weather more unsettled.
When the guys got back, we headed up the White Roost. This is near the mouth of the White Roost and you can see Derek making his way up canyon.
enlarge 289KB, 1024x768 411 2014 Robbers Roost 421-bill Going up the White Roost.
enlarge 347KB, 1024x768 412 2014 Robbers Roost 422-bill Fred at a narrow section of the canyon.
enlarge 309KB, 1024x768 413 2014 Robbers Roost 423-bill A reflecting pool.
enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 414 2014 Robbers Roost 424-bill The upper end of the pool.
enlarge 294KB, 1024x768 415 2014 Robbers Roost 426-bill A nice Pouroff and pool below. This was near the canyon exit, and we didn't get any photos of it on the way down.
enlarge 310KB, 1024x768 416 2014 Robbers Roost 427-bill Bill checking out the pouroff.
enlarge 292KB, 768x1024 417 2014 Robbers Roost 428-bill I probably shouldn't be standing on that overhang.
enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 418 2014 Robbers Roost 429-bill Another shot.
enlarge 51.36MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 421 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 011.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Fred hiking up the White Roost.
enlarge 356KB, 1024x768 422 2014 Robbers Roost 432-bill When we got to the exit. We had lunch. Shelby, David, and Derek went up canyon to explore one of the White Roost slots. Austin, Fred, and I waited till they got back.
enlarge 275KB, 768x1024 423 2014 Robbers Roost 432a-austin Waiting for they guys to get back from exploring the White Roost Slot.
enlarge 331KB, 1024x768 424 2014 Robbers Roost 432-austin The weather was deteriorating - the wind was kicking up and the skies were threatening, so a collective decision was made (I was out on a dump run) to forgo camping another night and go out that evening instead. They already had redistributed my gear and were ready to go.
All I had to carry was my little day pack (little blue pack to the left of my elbow).
enlarge 242KB, 1024x768 425 2014 Robbers Roost 435-bill Fred heading up the first ramp. The rest of the guys were waiting at the bottom of the canyon for Danny to return.
enlarge 312KB, 1024x768 426 2014 Robbers Roost 436-bill Looking down the first ramp.
enlarge 287KB, 1024x768 427 2014 Robbers Roost 437-bill The ramp switchbacks to the right - see the cairn near the center of the photo.
enlarge 199KB, 1024x768 428 2014 Robbers Roost 438-bill The second ramp - shorter than th first one.
enlarge 270KB, 1024x768 429 2014 Robbers Roost 439-bill The switchback for the second ramp ends at an overlook down the canyon - you can see Austin if you look closely.
enlarge 295KB, 1024x768 430 2014 Robbers Roost 440-bill There he is with the rest in the bushes to the right.
enlarge 225KB, 1024x768 431 2014 Robbers Roost 442-bill Fred heading up the third ramp - this is another long one.
enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 432 2014 Robbers Roost 443-bill The upper end of the third ramp - Fred has already made the switchback to the fourth ramp.
enlarge 254KB, 1024x768 433 2014 Robbers Roost 444-bill Looking back down the third ramp.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 434 2014 Robbers Roost 446-bill The fourth ramp leads to the lower canyon rim - you can see the switchback below.
enlarge 138KB, 1152x647 435 2014 Robbers Roost 447-bill Fred on the slickrock above the lower rim. A cairn is to his right.
enlarge 76.67MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 436 2014 Robbers Roost Vid 012.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Panoramic video from atop the lower rim of the White Roost.
enlarge 158KB, 1152x647 437 2014 Robbers Roost 449-bill Looking east - you can barely make out the canyon from on top.
enlarge 179KB, 1152x647 438 2014 Robbers Roost 450-bill Looking back toward where we climbed up to the rim.
enlarge 195KB, 1152x647 439 2014 Robbers Roost 453-bill This shows where we came in - between the two conical domes to the right of the photo and down the steep slickrock. On our way out we are taking a less steep alternative.
enlarge 186KB, 1152x647 440 2014 Robbers Roost 454-bill Looking at the erosion gully to the right of where we came down.
enlarge 215KB, 1024x768 441 2014 Robbers Roost 455-bill All of a sudden - there was Danny, back from his slog down to the Dirty Devil (He found the petroglyphs).
enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 442 2014 Robbers Roost 456-bill Here comes Walter!
enlarge 148KB, 1024x768 443 2014 Robbers Roost 457-bill Fred & Danny - heading up the slickrock. This was about as steep as it got.
enlarge 195KB, 1024x768 444 2014 Robbers Roost 458-bill Austin and Shelby bringing up the rear (till they passed me).
enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 445 2014 Robbers Roost 459-bill The route gradually climbs up through the slickrock.
enlarge 163KB, 1024x768 446 2014 Robbers Roost 460-bill Rather than go over the last slickrock hill, I traversed over to the left to reach the trail that we had come down on. When I got to it, I could see Shelby and Austin just going over hill on the horizon.
enlarge 150KB, 1024x768 447 2014 Robbers Roost 461-bill Telephoto of Shelby and Austin.
enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 448 2014 Robbers Roost 462-bill When we got out and on our way, we bid goodbye to Fred for his trip south. We headed north and had excellent burgers, etc. at Rays Tavern in Green River. Fortunately, we were able to get room reservations in Tremonton at the Sandman even though we got there about 1 or 2 in the morning.
We found this car the next morning outside of the Tremonton Dennys. I assume he was heading to or from Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada! Although this isn't the type of vehicle that one envisages for that.
enlarge 122KB, 1024x768 449 2014 Robbers Roost 463-bill Making our way home we made our way through the rest of Utah and all the way across Idaho without making a gas stop. Aways into Oregon, Shelby stated that he needed to make a gas stop at the next exit (Farewell Bend). I told him that the Farewell Bend Gas station (shown here) was closed and that there wasn't any stations till Baker.
enlarge 149KB, 1024x768 450 2014 Robbers Roost 465-bill Another view of the infamous Farewell Bend Truck Stop. We had stopped here on our first Wyoming trip in 1998 and had the absolute worst dinner I have ever had in a restaurant. It's a wonder this place stayed open as long as it had.
We backtracked a little ways (13 miles on side roads) to Weiser, Idaho and got gas and had pizza at Idaho Pizza. Very good pizza.
It was a long drive home, hitting a red box every couple of hours listening to movies - Anchorman 2, the Wolf of Wall street, etc. (Not to mention the Might Boosh)