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North East Fork of TCB - Robbers Roost

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Wow. If you don't go all the way to the end, you're making a huge mistake.

This canyon was very muddy/dirty. (Did with Emily first day of our trip)

Could see how it could hold water after it rains. There was one small pool in a dry season that we were able to stem over, and I think you could stem over most of the water of it existed.

Small Alcatraz!!! Just Felix and I. A 5/5, but 4 because of daddy long legs. There is a camp site next to the entrance, but meh - convenience only. Sandy walk down to the wash, but not long and not bad - there is a good foot trail that leads you were you need to go. The canyons are tight but only a few spots were I could go but Felix couldn’t and he went over the log when I went under it. Super awesome that you don’t need rope. Beautiful slots, super tight but not terribly technical. Obvious exit was nice, not long track back either. Fantastic!! Will come back again with. More people to try the final down climb. Perfect for last day canyon before driving out!! You can see the Sphinx rock from the parking spot, which is a little further then your exit. We did it in just under 3 hours while taking our time and enjoying it. We had fun the entire time. Just enough of a challenge and interesting the whole time.

This canyon is tight, requires a lot of stemming, shimmying, chest to back squeezes, was full of debris when we went, and required some interesting moves to avoid getting stuck. It appears with how the drainage works on it it is easy for debris to get stuck at all levels of the canyon. Definitly give yourself a little more time than 3 hours if you're not used to this kind of canyon. Definitely a great canyon to build your stemming skills as well as getting used to tight and narrow canyons if you already have some canyoneering experience. I do not recommend bringing anyone into this if they are not used to some aspect of tight spaces. We were in there longer than expected and decided to get out early about mid-way through the canyon, there are several spots where if you boost people up and spot appropriately someone can sneak over the top and lower webbing to allow for an early escape.

Robbers Roost


(AKA Smallcatraz) The class four move at exit was really easy. The rest of the canyon was fairly tight. Most of the canyon was done on the canyon floor. Joel and I stemmed 20ft high to avoid a water pool.



Pound for pound one of the best canyons in the area. The slots seemed to go forever. Not super technical but it sure was physical. The lower section past the exit is to not be missed. As climbers, we had no problem with the up climb and wish we would have left the rope behind.