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Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Scott Byington, Mar 18, 2019.
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Yeah that was probably us!
We descended Alcatraz April 6th after seeing this report. We had it on our list for quite some time, but your
spurred us into action. The plan was to hit it twice, once to get a feel of the canyon and current conditions, once for time.
At the trail head we ran into a group of 13, 3-4 adults with 8-9 kids(16-20ish) from Colorado. They warned us of the water in the canyon and told us they had gotten so cold in the canyon once it opened up they had to start a fire to warm up. They seemed baffled when I suggested that my group of 4 would probably be fine without wet suits, and they only wished they had wet suits because of such a large slow moving group. Insisting that the water was extremely cold and the fire was much needed.
We ended up wearing 3mm shorties for the first run in case there was an actual need. The initial rap off the car was protecting using a carpet scrap. The pothole was just below our knees, an easy hop out and over. The tight section was awesome, I struggled going low in a few spots. We got out of the tight sections and low and behold, ashes from a fire, barely covered. We were so baffled at this, our wet suits were damp, from sweat, the only water that might have been deeper than our knees was an easy superman over.
We partially stripped of wet suits and began the hike out on a beautiful day. And we soon learned that people talking about the hike out was no overestimated. It was pretty, but no fun. After taking our sweet time through the canyon and the hike out we made it back to our car and checked the time.. 3.5 hours from when we had locked the car to when we had unlocked it...if we had gone just a bit fast in canyon and the hike out, which we could have easily done if not purposefully slowing down to play around with the obstacle. We would have beat our three hour goal, and wouldn't have had to worry about wanting to hit the canyon a second time.
Not wanting to do the exit hike twice in a day, we spent some time enjoying the sun and made a quick stop at Smallcatraz before heading home. We plan on returning at some point to beat that 3 hour time, however we will do it with long sleeves and sunscreen, as well as a fiddle stick so we don't have to mess around with extending the pothole rap to avoid grooves.
Overall it was a very fun, pretty canyon. Even tho the pay-to-play ratio is a bit off.