Last Candition: May 5, 2013
Anchor is in great shape, the rap down is super fun and almost a must do if you’re just passing by. It could be done in an hour. A great way to knock a lady’s socks off if she’s new to rappelling.
Anchor webbing is in great shape, no water. Paid $7 total to enter the park and get back-country permit. One rap and you are done, 80ft I think. Hike back only takes about 25 minutes. This is a great side excursion if heading back from further south or the Roost area. Avoid this in warmer months, hike is very exposed!
Plenty of snow in Goblin Valley. This weekend a few more inches of snow were added. The route is a blast to do in the snow. Not sure you will see the valley in a prettier condition. Be careful on the down climbs though. The rock is muddy and slippery with snow on it
Well worth the side trip if heading anywhere near this direction. The excitment here is not about canyoneering technique, but simply a beautiful place to visit. If you're into photography, bring the camera & a tripod. Great photographic opportunity. The Lair is basically a cave. The anchor was good and we found the Lair dry. Lighting was just fantastic. Route was easy to follow. Give yourself some extra time for the photography. Took us 2:45 - but 45 of that was picture taking.
Chamber of the Basilisk has seen water recently probably last week. There was no standing water, but the sand was wet. We cleaned the excessive webbing from the rappel anchor.
This was such a fun hike! I love the rap into the chamber. Gotta be one of my favorite rappels!