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Repeater Jr. is a great addition to a weekend in the Lost Spring area. This short canyon is a nice way to round out a day after doing MMI Canyon, Lost and Found Canyon, and/or Winter Camp Canyon. The short canyon has one 60 m ( 197 ft. ) rappel at the start, then an easy and obstacle-free stroll to the exit. A fun 1-2 hour jaunt, suitable for most.
Expect a 70 minute drive from Moab to the Lost Springs area. To reach the Lost Spring area, you will need to travel east on I-70 (approximately 30 miles north of Moab). Go east on I-70 from Crescent Junction 11 miles to exit 193. The exit is signed Yellow Cat / Ranch Exit.
Approach (10-15 minutes)
Follow the closed Jeep road. In about 5 minutes the road ends at Repeater Jr., which is just a shallow drainage here. Follow the social trail down about 5 more minutes to the first rappel.
The rappel offers an opportunity to figure out a good natural anchor. Several somewhat poor bushes provide options. Seemingly better, a fourth class scrambling move up and to the left reveals a hidden solution pocket that has created a mini arch.
From the mini arch it is 60 m ( 197 ft. ) to the bottom of the drop. The bottom section of the rappel can be downclimbed if desired. I found it easier than rappelling.
Once down, it is an easy stroll down the canyon. When the canyon begins opening keep an eye on the right for a well-traveled exit trail that goes up a side wash on an obvious path through the cryptobiotic soil.
Exit (20-30 minutes)
The exit trail is well defined as it meanders up the ridge to a small slickrock section. Above the slickrock section, the trail braids and is less well defined. Stay a bit right along the rim of Repeater Jr. until it is easy to scramble back to the canyon floor. The first rappel is just a couple of minutes down the canyon.
Return up Repeater Jr. to the jeep road.
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