Knotted Rope

Last Candition: May 27, 2011


4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 31, 2019

Reversed as an exit to Quandary, extremely hot and dry. All potholes were either empty or extremely low. Be careful if you plan to descend soon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 15, 2019

Descended and reversed with a group of five. All potholes were close to the top, and all but a few could be exited solo. 3mm shortie was hot out of the water, but made the escapes back up bearable. Plently of dead lizards, frogs, and birds floating.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2019

Clean water, potholes had 6-18 inch lips. Did it in 3mm on a 60 degree day and was fine. Lower section potholes had a sun warmed layer of water that was really enjoyable.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 29, 2019

Water was unavoidable in multiple spots and was very cold. Overall conditions were just too cold. Apparent there has been lots of water in recent weeks. Conditions should be better when it warms up a tad more and some of the water evaporates.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 4, 2018

Full and so much fun! No pothole escape gear needed right now. Lots of jumps and slides and scrambling.

Pools were muddy from recent rain but not stanky except for one or two with decaying vegetation in it. I was happy to have a wetsuit for the narrow section but it was not necessary on this 82° day.

In the upper section, water was overflowing from one pothole to the next. In the lower section, which is in full sun, the water was maybe 6-12" from the lip (at most) and it was still easy to pull ourselves out without assistance. These potholes are also bypassable LDC.

Car-to-car time from trailhead to airstrip was 7.5 hours with lots of time goofing around in pools, photos/videos, and long breaks. Such a fun day!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 10, 2017

Water levels low, with a couple of swims. Down climb problems, and semi-keeper problems to overcome. Wetsuits were not needed in 80F temps. There is an exposed silo crossing, but very short and straightforward. Group agreed it is a much more fun time than Quandry.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 22, 2017

Same conditions as reported week before - nearly full potholes, so no real escape problems. Used pack toss 2-3 times. A half dozen brief swimmers. It was 34° Sat. morning where we camped at about 6,600 elevation. Temps that day only reached maybe upper 60's. Water in a few potholes was on the frigid side. We wore full Farmer-Johns with jackets. Road conditions from I-70 approach are very good all the way to Hidden Splendor. A great pothole canyon with lots of variety.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 18, 2017

Potholes were mostly full and the few mandatory keepers were easy to escape without much assistance. Wore a full 4:3 wetsuit, but found the water to be bearable without if you have an efficient group that keeps moving. Finished the canyon in around 4 hours from car at Quandary trailhead to exit.

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

Very beautiful approach and pleasant exit up the Muddy. Full of water, nothing technical right now. Fairly short pothole section, maybe an hour total in the part of it that is like a traditional canyon. 7 hours from TH to Hidden Splendor, which is a great place to camp. Wetsuits stayed in packs on a 75-degree day. Many potholes can be stemmed over.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 30, 2015

Water level was full. We did not wear wet suits and found the water to be refreshing.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 21, 2015

The recent rains have topped off the pools. No raps or lowers, splash fest. Fun canyon but not technical at this time. 3/4 wetsuits and comfortable under overcast skies.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2015

Party of 6. We had a blast... not full to the brim but a lot of water. We were glad we had wetsuits. Ascended up Quandary (bypass) for the exit.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2015

Water levels were high enough to be glad we had 4/3 wetsuits (but maybe not needed if done in the heat of the day?). Water levels were low enough (4 ft down at the first keeper?) that we tossed a pack or two and partner assisted another couple potholes.

As a mixed group of we three took about four hours to do the approach and descend. We were a bit slow in part due to getting sucked into some drainages on top of the approach, we should have stayed high after exiting the scramble section. That time does not include the exit...we took the first major trail up to the ridge on the East so we could head directly over to the bottom of Quandary.

The main road was in great shape, but the last 0.6 miles to the TH require 4x4 with HC.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 8, 2014

Potholes are all somewhere between full to mostly full. No escapes needed. Good, fun canyon, but short.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 11, 2014

Fairly low water, about two mandatory swims and some waist deep pot holes. Good time though, water is warmish. No wetsuits are needed.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 21, 2014

Potholes are full all the way through and it was a ton of fun! We set up webbing/quicklink for the 300ft rappel at the end which was fantastic!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 3, 2014

Overall dry, many potholes dry, but we still got wet a handful of times. We had a warm day and did not use wetsuits. We could touch ground in every pothole entered. 3 people took over 10 hours to complete.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 16, 2013

Road was in ok shape. A passenger car would have difficulty but a stock SUV = no problems, if dry conditions. Q-Direct and up Knotted Rope. Full splasher. Everything is full. potholes are filterable. Very fun. 11 hours 58 minutes car to car. 2 people. wore 3mm wetsuits and needed them. Up climbing this canyon is a challenge and likely impossible without a partner and climbing/risks. In reverse, the route finding to the "Knotted Rope" gully was very difficult even with a GPS. Basically no cairns and took us longer than expected to find. The cabin ruins are pretty cool at the head of the canyon. (38.567917,-110.944021, type this into google maps) 4 platforms, a stove, and a waterheater looking thing. Good times with The Wife.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 2, 2013

Potholes about half-full, water not too stinky. Wetsuit not required on this 85 degree day.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2013

As previous trip reports have indicated, conditions are surprisingly wet. One Semi-keeper was easily defeated by pack toss. You could probably get away with shorty suits, however, I enjoyed my full 4/5. Three people going very slowly: from abandoned car at trail-head to airstrip: ~10 hrs down Knotted Rope and up muddy creek.

Trip report with photos on canyoncollective shortly.