Headless Hen

Last Candition: May 14, 2011


4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2015

We only worked through the first, long section of potholes and then exited due to weather. The canyon was quite dry except that one hole was still a swimmer and another one or two had waist deep water. Just the one pothole section took the group of 4 people 5 hours to complete, plus hiking in and out. LAMAR rappelled off sand bags and packs 4-5 times and we had to ascend out of 3 potholes. A knot block anchor at the end probably should have been used to get into a series of potholes before pulling the rope, instead we had to use a pack anchor since we already pulled the rope.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 23, 2015

Nothing much to add to the previous report except that it appears to have been intended for Raven (and vice versa).

Great canyon with pretty low water/large keepers, though wetsuits were definitely needed by some and appreciated by the rest. I recall only one existing (but solid) anchor, the rest of the obstacles were fun to problem solve ways in and out. It was a very leisurely 4 hours or so for a mixed group of 6.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 18, 2015

Mostly dry or avoidable water areas. Wetsuit not needed at this time. Lots of stemming. Extended narrow sections. Scenic. Great fun!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2014

Upper sections and lower sections completely dry (lower section can be easily escaped if needed). Potholes very deep requiring advanced anchor building skills. Middle section has water up to neck deep. Wetsuits recommended unless you have a large, fast group.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 11, 2014

A fun canyon, the potholes are mostly full at the moment, full enough to be swimmers, but low enough that they require some work to exit the far side. Its march so the water is very cold. I run a lot warmer than most and got a chilled in a 4/3.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 15, 2013

Most of the potholes are currently dry, nothing more than waist deep. It would be more fun with more water. We were very hot in full wetsuits, consider a shorty or less.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 21, 2011

Most of the potholes were completely dry. We put on our wetsuits too and then took them off. There are about 4-5 true keepers. This canyon would be a blast with lots of water. We used a few potshots to get through all the keepers.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 14, 2011

Very little water, no swimming. Only a few potholes had water in them. Started out with wetsuits but took them off because they were too hot. Shorties may have worked, though.