Cistern and Ramp Canyons

Last Candition: May 26, 2013


2 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2019

Just went up ramp. The 20' climb has webbing to pull yourself up with as of now. Need to remove pack to fit. Knee deep water that is avoidable with a little work.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 23, 2017

Both canyons only have minor, avoidable water. Did these two as a loop hike. Down Ramp & up Cistern. Only technical problem is getting down past the chockstone in Ramp. A scenic hike overall. Plenty of elevation gain from Cistern back over to Ramp car park.

Road into Hidden Splendor from I-70 is in very good condition all the way to the airstrip.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 24, 2016

Used Ramp for the exit back from Quandary, in part because the Muddy was flowing strongly. There were some spots where you would have to get wet in Ramp - not deep or swimmers but up to upper thigh at least. Plenty of mud & wet sand. To avoid one water-filled area, where the canyon took a strong left turn we followed a cairn marked ascending route on the left (up canyon) that then dropped us back down to canyon bottom. The "ramp" was overcome by the strongest climber in our group taking boots off & ascending barefoot. Then the rest used aid to ascend. Interesting canyon overall.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2013

We descended Cistern on May 26, planning to return up Ramp, using Steve Allen's 1992 route. Route finding was difficult. We missed the Ramp wash entrance on the Reef's south side. We waded up Muddy Creek. It was a long day.

We descended Ramp on May 27, to find our missed turn. The boulder and ramp were surprisingly hard. We had a 50 ft. rope, no other gear. I'd bring a longer rope, webbing and quick links. We were lucky to find some good webbing and quick links tied to blocks on the right side of the big chockstone obstacle (looking down cyn): we down climbed our rope using the webbing and links. We upclimbed our rope and left the webbing & links.

Allen rates the ramp a 5.0 climb. CanyoneeringUSA calls this obstacle a 5.6 climb. Bring rock shoes and a few good spotters if you're ascending the canyon. The ramp is an R-rated, unprotected climb: be ready for a thin slabby edge with minimal hand holds.