Undercover

Last Candition: November 25, 2011

4.6

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 21, 2015

Anchors were all solid. Webbing was good. Canyon had one puddle that was easy to avoid.

Exited up the more advanced route. Utilized handlines and climbing shoes to get younger adventurers past the sketchier spots.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2013

All rap anchors in good shape.

A little water in spots, but avoidable.

Drove to within 1 mile of trailhead in Honda Odyssey.

Nice canyon for the Moab area.

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

Just a couple of small wet places that were easily avoidable. Prior rains had flushed out the tight squeeze just before the last rappel at "The Patio", as it was deeper than I remembered, but still very doable to stem your way through it. We did remove our packs and pass them through with people staged along the way. Tried to find an exit out up under Covert Arch, but it required more exposure than the common "Climbers' Exit", so we just used that exit. Lots of fun, as usual.

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

No water in canyon at all. Anchors all solid. We didn't use the set up on the log at the bottom of the 2nd, rope was long enough and easy enough to pull to just continue all the way to the floor. Canyon was very beautiful, climb out easier than anticipated but the walk out from the top was long and boring. Roads going in had one really sandy section but passable in my AWD.

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

Fun canyon. Completely dry. All anchors in great shape. Shorter than I remembered it being. We took the climber's exit. There are a couple sketchy spots. One of us took a rope to a flatish spot above the "Z" off the dihedral and established a meat anchor. We sequenced lightest to heaviest using the rope and a PCD as a safety trying not to weight the rope and added to the meat anchor one-by-one. Worked perfectly and everyone felt safe. Going to see if its possible to exit out under Covert Arch next time around. Looks like maybe it's possible.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 11, 2013

Canyon is a little muddy and has small avoidable pools. The webbing on two of the three raps was in good shape. All raps are bolted, the last having chains. The exit hike feels really exposed in places and would be hard to protect on its slabby surface, exercise caution. I wouldn't consider the exit noob friendly.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 3, 2012

On the second rappel there is one small pool of water that is VERY stinky, but avoidable. If you throw your rope downcanyon here, you *might* be able to avoid throwing your rope in the nastiness. Otherwise the canyon is totally dry. The exit is very steep and difficult in perfect conditions. Do not attempt the standard exit if it is icy or even a bit rainy. Stay in the wash and look for cairns high on the sandstone before starting the exit, this way you can save some effort and some crypto.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 3, 2012

The hike down the wash to the ANP marker was easy and pretty. A muddy spot to avoid at the end of the first set of downclimbs. Rap 1 fun. A stinky puddle to canyoner's right at the bottom of Rap 2. Extend rappel over log jam and have last chimney down. Tight squeeze on the way to Rap 3 - quite a view. Estimate 110'+, as 220' end just came out of the bag.

Saw Covert Arch from bottom, then back 0.3 miles to the MMI canyon wash exit. Will email pic of exit if you contact me. It was not as easy as the beta I read would imply.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 21, 2012

4 out of 5 for a Moab slot. No water, and would suck in the summer. Compared to it's southern brother, MMI, Undercover/Lost and Found is the one to hit in the area. Fun chamber section similar to Belfast Boulevard in North Wash. Spectacular final rappel. 1st and 2nd rappel were great too. Definitely a more fun experience, considering the drive to get out here!! 6 people took less than 4 hours, as we NOW know the way out after doing MMI. Can definitely shorten the hike out if you park your car along the western-most road next to Covert Arch. Do your research before you do it. Can shave off 30minutes if you do it right, otherwise the hike isn't so bad on the way out. This would be a very HOT canyon in the summer, with little shade inside or water.

Default_avatar_thumb A_J
5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 25, 2011

Road was fine up until the last turnoff, and then the final road out to Undercover had some deeper sandy sections. A skillfully driven passenger car might be able to make it, but 4wd would be better. Canyon was dry, and about the duration of other Moab slots (i.e. half day or less.) This was the best canyon in this area by far, followed by MMI.