The Wives

Last Candition: June 16, 2013


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 25, 2020

We did Wife #5 and it was awesome. We passed it and spent some time backtracking and trying to find the canyon. Once we were in, there was water from ankle deep to waist deep at the bottom of every rappel and anywhere the canyon dropped. Despite the recent rains and flash floods the anchors and webbing all looked great.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 8, 2019

We did Wives 3, 4, and 5. No water at all in any of the canyons. Weather this time of year was perfect. Personally I had a hard time picking my favorite between the three (the first rappel of wife 3 was my favorite, I love love the stemming and chimneys of wife 4, and wife 5 had lots of rappels, which are fun). We got the rope stuck on the rappel of Wife 4, so we had to hike back up afterwards to the top and pick up the rope, so our group of 4 basically did 4 canyons in 8.5 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 24, 2019

Completed route car to car by 2 people in just under 5 hours at an easy pace. Finding the start delayed us some. Ended up one crack over from the one suggested on BlueGnome. There is a small pinyon tree that can be rapped off of & there was sling & hardware there or an old, dead log that also had sling setup as well. Canyon was completely dry. Dead man anchor at 3rd drop has a large basalt rock placed over the buried anchor & webbing. My wife & I were unable to move the rock to inspect. Webbing that shows is getting a little frayed on the edges. A group with more people that can move the boulder should consider replacing this one. All other anchors were in good shape and well extended for pulls. Water present in this canyon would indeed make it more difficult. As it was, we found it to be fairly easy and comparable to Wife 3 for scenery, etc., though Wife 3 has a more dramatic initial rappel and two good stemming/slot sections.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 29, 2019

Did Wife #3 on Sunday. No other groups present. NO water issues at all. Anchor for the big rap #1 presently consisted of orange and green webbing extended almost fully out to drop point. Since we left rope, then retrieved later on, we put all that webbing into a small pocket in the rock closer to the tree so it would not be left out exposed to sun/rain/wind damage. Can still easily spot tree and anchor from above. The first rap is one of the most spectacular we have ever done. Once you're over the edge, it's free all the way down and completely away from the wall.

Also did Stegasaurus day before. Minor water in the slot section to mid-calf. One slightly deeper pool could be stemmed over. The narrow slot section is too narrow to stay on the bottom in several sections. Stemming off the deck is required and would not consider this beginner friendly stemming.

Also park ranger reported Wife 5 potholes filled up from storm on Friday.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 14, 2018

Wife 5: 4ish knee-waist deep pools. Chilly. No wetsuit; one may have actually kept me colder. Two in wetsuits who stood in water to belay were glad they had them.

A dedicated person stemmed, bridged, jumped, and did a 5.10 traverse, avoiding all but one calf-deep wade.

Anchors good. Big, smooth rock on deadman at rap with the "solution pocket." Solution pocket looks like a better rope pull. LOOK AHEAD before pulling rope! Here you'd have an overhung drop, landing on slanted, slippery rock into a pool at the bottom. Hard to assist. Not that we'd know.

Used meat anchor to rap on the tiny chockstone twisty rap. Some downclimbed it. The 8' jump at the bottom is better with an assist.

Sculpted walls, holes, tiers. Pretty. A little stemming. Magnificent raps.

Two newbies felt challenged, but up to it and had fun. One 2nd-time canyoneer was terrified by stemming and downclimbing. Fine for reasonably athletic beginners without bad anxiety (with lots of help).

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 15, 2018

Wife 5. Completely dry despite recent rains. All anchors, including deadmans, in good condition with newer webbing. A few starts required lowering yourself over the edge to get on rappel. Hiking through Cohab Canyon was beautiful, and I enjoyed that more than this canyon.

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

Wife 3 and 5 completely dry. All Anchors in good condition. There is an anchor set up for the down climb in Wife 3, but I would recommend that you not use it. It is a much easier down climb than rap. Beefed up the last deadman's anchor in Wife 5.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2017

wife 5

this was a suprizingly fun canyon! perfect half day trip. no water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 5, 2016

Wife 5

Great 1/2 day canyon! Equalized the anchors on the first rap, the webbing will need to be replaced soon. All other anchors in great shape showing recent replacement. Kinda disappointing as the anchor options throughout the canyon looked interesting. Group of 4, all managed to stay dry. Took us 3.5 hours. Great hike and killer scenery through Cohab and Betrothed Canyons, easier to find drop in than online beta suggests.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 26, 2016

Wives 3 and 5. Really good canyons. Easy to access and fun; no water. Left rope at top of big rappel on 3 and then retrieved it for 5. A great way to do it. Beta talks about anchor challenges in 5, which is true enough, but all anchors in great shape. First anchor from bush backed up to arch up canyon. Third anchor is a deadman with a BIG rock on top of it. Thanks to whoever pushed that in there somehow. Maybe nature, though no other rocks like it anywhere in canyon. Fourth anchor seems to be as Road Trip Ryan describes, a rock wedged in a small pocket at the edge of the drop. But there is also hole in the rock on the left canyon wall that would probably work. Fifth anchor more traditional deadman.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2013

Wife 3 & 5

Wife 3 was more of a Girlfriend. 200ft to start was good. Webbing was solid. WHAT a DROP. Good DC'ing and other Rap's down canyon too. Nice slot. No water.

Wife 5 was a good wife also. Webbing was good at the raps. 2 deadman's in the canyon. Good shape and we backed them up with a meat anchor. Bone dry and some deep rope grooves.

Near perfect conditions for Nov/Fall. 58 and blue skies. A perfect day in Cohab. 3 guys 6 1/2hrs from TH to back to TH.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 5, 2013

Wives 3 and 1.

Anchors good on both, but needs a good safety check on the existing webbing at the 200 ft drop on 5. Rope grooves getting bad there...I wonder why folks don't leave the rope & collect on the next wife?

Wife 1 has an anchor/webbing at the top (first downclimb) which I used (not in Luke's beta). My thanks to Bluegnome and AJRoadTrips for the beta.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 16, 2013

Wife 5: BluuGnome's beta was detailed and reliable. Thanks!

Dry except for a small avoidable pool at the bottom of R2. R1 is off a bush. The bush is still in good shape. If the bush starts to break down, there is also an arch further back from the rap. R3 and R4 are off deadmans. They appeared to be in good shape but were difficult to evaluate due to being well-buried in dried mud. We backed up the R4 deadman by slinging an arch in a solution pocket. This 1 arch appeared to be the only alternative to the deadman. Rock is crumbly or sharp in many places. Beautiful "birthing chamber" near R4 offers a fun series of pour-off downclimbs. Glad that we did this canyon. The waterpockets and rock folds form unusual colors and shapes. It reminded us of Antonio Gaudi.