Rock Canyon

Last Candition: July 23, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 6, 2019

Wet! Running water, about 2.5-3 cfs. Extremely fun! happens only every 20 years. Road out was the crux. Lots of UTV's.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 15, 2017

Pleasant time out in Rock. There were a couple spots with water but it was never deeper than the shins and mostly avoidable. Anchors were in ok shape but wearing down so be prepared to replace some. Road is certainly sandy and windy. One section had big enough ruts/holes that I would hesitate to take a subaru level of high clearance but it could maybe make it to an upper trailhead. To park at the end of the 4x4 road definitely takes high clearance.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 6, 2017

Fist pothole soggy sand, 2nd is ankle deep to the right. All other raps wet but avoidable at the rap stations. River to cold and swift to go all the way down to fence to exit. Took the shortcut exit back to road, this eliminates 3-4 hrs of adventuring if gone Fence cyn exit.

Great way to exit

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 27, 2015

All anchors good. Only water a foot deep in potholes at optional R1. 2 1/2 hours using quick exit.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 11, 2015

All anchors are good. Water ankle deep. Very scenic canyon. No problems with the roads in Tacoma 4x4.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 16, 2014

Some water snow and ice in canyon. Anchors in good shape. Only rope grooves are in last rap which could be avoided. Be prepared to get a little wet as of now. Road in good condition because sand is still wet

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

Road out is full of deep sand. Our two Tacomas made it only in 4L, this is a true 4x4 road for sure. Be prepared to spend the night if ya get stuck. For the most part the anchors are in good shape. Watch your pulls because there are a few raps developing rope grooves, these are avoidable grooves people! The largest rap is 110ft and is very scenic. It is worth mentioning that coming up from Misery the day before, the log jam wan't difficult to get up with a flow rate of 38cfs. French Canyon exit is full of poison ivy that takes MacGyvering to avoid.


If someone goes through this in the next while, after exiting Rock go up stream about 100 feet and look on the right side. Someone left a dry bag with beer in it and no note. If the bag is still there, this is canyon trash and should be removed/drunk :-)

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2013

Sandy road approach seems to be in good condition. We had no problems in a Toyota Tacoma. There are spots that require 1-1.5 foot clearance. We had trouble finding the trailhead but ultimately found it at about 0.8 miles past the rail fence. The canyon and all anchors are in great shape. Only a few small puddles that you can walk around. Don't miss the great petroglyphs when you reach the Parunaweap- cross the river and go 100 yards to the east around the bend and you'll see them.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 23, 2011

The Elephant Cove road has three sandy spots that could prove troublesome. My observation is that in the summer in early pre dawn temps the sand is colder and denser and easier to drive. The drive down later that afternoon seemed to be harder in the hotter less dense sand. Rock canyon anchors are great. Just a trickle of water at the big grotto rappel. Anchor at second rappel is good. The water down the Parunuweep is still at a point where you can't go much further than about two miles below French Canyon. The big log pinch and waterfall would be very difficult to climb back up. We were very close to the mouth of Misery. French canyon has it's poison Ivy in full glory. There are some tight squeezes to get past it.