Egypt 3

Last Candition: June 3, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 29, 2020

Non-tech section.

Dry except 3' knee-deep pool. Can avoid with climbing moves LDC. Easy to slip in.

Some wider beautiful sections and ultra tight side shuffling sections.

A little under 5 hrs with 2 190 lb 5'10" guys, 2 skinny people. Big guys struggled a little but could've gone faster with more experience.

The hike out felt long. Nasty if hot.

We'll return and skip to the final technical section to try it, maybe with a car shuttle after cutting across from end of Egypt 1.5.

Moved rocks and filled dips on Egypt road to get a Subaru Impreza there. HITRR typical bad washboard.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 20, 2020

Only one pothole had water in it and we were able to stem over it so I don't know how deep it was. I'm 5'9", for reference. The keeper pothole was totally dry. It was a very fun hike. We did not do the technical route so I don't know what conditions were like in the final section of slot with the rappel.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2020

Any water is low/avoidable. I loved this canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 7, 2019

Water to about thigh/waist deep.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 6, 2018

Thigh deep water at deepest pool. Use rock protrusion for rappel and not an arch, will only need around 120 ft rope. Take small pack, very long, very tight sections. Hike out was much longer then I thought we had gone. Take lots of water or you could die, if doing in summer would be brutal. 2 adults, 6 kids, 7 hrs.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 23, 2016

Another instant classic!!

The fun starts right away and the narrows are so amazing!!! Had an easy time making it through the narrows. Some water and mud early on but most was avoidable. Made it through the non-technical section pretty quickly. Then we continued down canyon to the technical section after the canyon opens up. More water here than we expected and the very last pool following the rappel was neck deep (I am 5'9") and cold as hell. Also we missed the exit and had to back track a bit. 8hrs car to car with a group of 5.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2016

Took 5 hours (including final rappel) for our party of 4. We didn't take wetsuits and did not need them. Water was the deepest after the final rappel...waist deep at most.

Not as tight as the description makes it sound.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 7, 2015

Very cold. Found ice layer in one of the small potholes. Lots of water from the recent storm. Exited at first opening.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 15, 2014

Mostly dry. A few stanky pools that were easily avoidable. Based on descriptions I've read I thought it would be too narrow for me at 6'0" and 215 lbs. I didn't have any problem at all. There were two spots that were tight but nothing I couldn't get through. Also those two spots would have been very easy to stem up and over being only 10-15 feet off the deck. Not nearly as tight or difficult as smallcatraz in the robbers roost area just for a comparison. It's a long strenuous hike out. Route finding was a bit challenging at times but very doable. A fun way to spend a few hours if you're in the area. I would reccomend combining it with Egypt 2 as a loop for more fun. 3 guys took us about 4 hrs. We did not do the rappel at the end.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 4, 2013

Completely dry. Fun and easy canyon with the family, although some whining occurred on the trek out. 200' of rope was about 2X more than needed on the last technical section. Started at 7am, out at 1 pm.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2012

The potholes are half full. There are three that must be negotiated. The first two are unavoidable and thigh deep, the last one is avoidable if you are 6 feet tall and are proficient at fully-extended stemming, otherwise, it is belly deep.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 12, 2012

3.5 hours skipping the rappel. Fun non-tech route. Coming up this canyon would be difficult. Only one 3x3foot pool of water that was avoidable with some stemming. This slot is narrow for long sections. Gave a four rating for the water and the slog out.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 27, 2012

It had rained the day before so there was a lot of water in the canyon. Nothing more than knee deep. The pool after the rappel was shallow. No new obstacles.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 3, 2011

Canyon was bone dry all the way through -- including the last section (which is more frequently reported as wade or swim). I made the mistake of taking only 2 quarts of water and wanted 4 quarts by the end. Lower potholes were easily escapable solo. Long and skinny -- some say there's a 200 lb size limit in E3. Believe it. I'm 6'2", 190 lbs and squeezed OK. My buddy is 5'8", 200 lbs and got stuck. Had to do some moves to unstick -- any bigger and he'd still be there. Fair canyon (I rated 3) but was looking forward to lots of water from what I had recently heard. The lack of water was disappointing. The canyon was not technically challenging on this day -- just skinny, skinny, and long. The last few hundred feet (so called "technical" section) was the prettiest. Would be a shame to do the canyon and bail out before that point and miss the best part.