Canyoneering Route Description

Deimos Canyon - 3A IV
Death Valley National Park, California.

Quick Facts

11-21-10, 6 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 12.5 hours) Pictures Icon  Full Route
12-03-11, 7 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 10.5 hours)  Full Route
02-20-12, 16 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 9 hours)  Full Route
12-09-12, 7 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 7.75 hours) Full Route
12-16-12, 5 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 4.75 hours) Sneak Route

Full Route

Time Required - 9 to 12 hours
Distance - 3.4 miles Total, 1.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 17 Rappels, Longest Rappel 125 feet.
Elevation Range - -265 feet below sea level - 2570 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Sneak Route

Time Required - 3 to 5 hours
Distance - 3.4 miles Total, 1.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 6 Rappels, Longest Rappel 125 feet.
Elevation Range - -265 feet below sea level - 830 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 125 feet and 80 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.

General Comments

ATTENTION!!
Death Valley is considering a new permit system in response to the impact of the growing popularity of Canyoneering.
Lets continue to show the park just how respectful we can be to our environment.

Specific issues the park is concerned about:
1. Anchors: Bolting is Illegal in Death Valley National Park! Do Not Add Bolts. Natural anchor options are abundant.
Recent illegal bolts have popped up in Helios and Rainbow Canyons.
2. Poop: Dig a cathole at least 6 inches deep and 200 yards from any water source or campsite. Pack out all toilet paper.
3. Collecting fire wood is illegal, just don't do it!

Other basics:
Avoid walking in water when possible (Willow Canyon, etc). Hike on durable surfaces and previously worn paths (avoid trampling vegetation or fragile soil crusts). Pack out all trash including organic material (including seed shells, apple cores, orange peels, etc). More info can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/backcamp.htm

Lets keep this wonderful resource pristine so that we may continue to enjoy the canyons with limited regulations!

Deimos Canyon is one of my favorite canyons in Death Valley.  Deimos has a lot of character which slowly changes as you descend it.  There are 3 very distinct sections of the canyon; a steep rubble filled but scenic upper section, a long wash walk and boulder scrambling middle section and the lower section which has the typical walk then drop then walk then drop feel of a lot of other canyons.  The lower section also has a lot of very fun challenging down climbs.  If you enjoy down climbing you will get to have some fun in Deimos.  

The approach is from the bottom up and is strenuous but well rewarded once you get into the canyon.  Deimos Canyon offers scenic eye candy, fun rappels and some spicy down climbing making it a well rounded canyon.  Another thing that makes Deimos fun is the amount of rabbit holes to squeeze through.  Some rappels start through these little holes and some of the down climbs start by squeezing through holes.  There are enough of these to make it note worthy.

Deimos Sneak Route
If you would like a shorter day and only wish to visit the lower half of Deimos you can do the Deimos Sneak Route.  To do the sneak route follow the standard approach up to point jDeimosSneak then drop down the slopes into the canyon where you will be just up canyon of rap 12.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

From the intersection of hwy 190 and Bad Water Road (hwy 178), follow Bad Water Road south about 16 miles to the Bad Water parking area.  From Bad Water continue on Bad Water Road 5.6 miles and pull off to the side of the road.  There are no pull outs or parking areas.  Just find a spot on the side of the road to pull over and park (pkDeimosBt).

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle required.  Deimos is done as a loop route.

Maps - - - - GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom of this route description.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Details

The Approach:
From where you parked the vehicle (pkDeimosBt), walk about 0.2 miles east across the alluvial fan toward the mountain side.   

Aim for a spot about 850 feet south of the mouth of Deimos (wDeimosRP-01).  There are no obvious landmarks to help locate the spot to start up.  Look for the lowest angle of attack up the side of the mountain that begins near the south end of the reddish patches of dirt along the base of the mountain.  Looking up from the bottom, this looks very intimidating and seems like it might be a bit crazy to climb this, but it does work well if you put in the effort.

From the start of the climb up the mountain (wDeimosRP-01) scramble up a series of right to left ramps and shallow drainages up and east.  There are multiple routes through this area and trying to describe any one of them would be convoluted and difficult.  

About 750 feet after starting the climb the ramps and shallow drainages will mellow out a little but the overall grade of ascent will still be very steep (wDeimosRP-02).  When the ramps and drainages become less exaggerated it is easier to begin a more direct line of travel over to the ridge on the left (north).   

Traveling another 500 feet will land you on the crest of the ridge that runs along the south side of Deimos (wDeimosRP-03).  The terrain is still very rugged and convoluted so even though you are on the ridge next to Deimos you will not have much of a view down into the canyon.  

When you get up onto the ridge (wDeimosRP-03), continue hiking or scrambling southeast up the ridge.  From here up the route is still steep but not as steep or nearly as rough going as the start of the climb.  

About another 400 feet the ridge will have a short almost level section (jDeimosSneak).  On this short section you can see a peak up along the ridge you will be climbing over if continuing up on the full approach.

Note:  - Sneak Route
If doing the sneak route into Deimos, leave the ridge here route find your way down the slope into the canyon. The route down the slopes here are moderately steep but can easily be traveled down into the canyon floor.  After dropping to the canyon floor skip down to point wDeimosRP-11 in the technical section.

About 0.5 more miles up the ridge, traverse slightly left (north) of the top of a peak along the ridge (wDeimosRP-05).  This peak is the first of a series of three peaks that are all roughly the same elevation.  This peak is labeled on some maps as peak 1744.  As you cross over this peak and start to head over to the second of the three peaks your route will turn to follow along the peaks to the northeast.  

On the other side of this first peak is a saddle to cross over to get to the second of the three peaks.  Crossing over the saddle requires a short up climb after crossing a drainage which cuts across the saddle.  The up climb is easy and has only a little exposure.  Be careful of loose rock though.  Everything in this area can break away so keep an eye out for it.  

After the up climb at the saddle it is a short walk up to the second of the three peaks (wDeimosRP-06).  This second peak is about 500 feet from the first one.  From here you have a good view of the upper portion of the approach route and the upper portion of Deimos Canyon.  

Just after the second peak you will drop down and cross over another saddle (smooth walking nothing to up climb) before getting to the top of the third peak in the series of three (wDeimosRP-07).  This third peak is about 950 feet after the second peak, is reddish in color and has a small cairn constructed on it.  Take time to take in the view down into Coffin Wash to the right (south).  

About 150 feet after the third peak is a smooth saddle to cross before starting up a very rough ridge line up toward the head of Deimos.  The ridge line ahead will climb higher than the peaks you just crossed over so from here up it you will be gaining elevation steadily.   

As you climb the last portion of the approach which is still to come, you will have multiple opportunities to drop down drainages to the left (north) which lead down into Deimos.  Resist the urge to do this.  The drainages parallel Deimos for a way which will keep you from seeing the upper portion of the canyon which is one of the better parts of the canyon.  

Continue northeast up the ridge.  This will be very rough terrain and will require the use of hands along the way.  Wind can make this section a little precarious since a fall here might give way to a long tumble down either side of this ridge.  Again resist the urge to drop down the side drainages to the left (north).   

About 0.25 miles up the ridge you will cross over another saddle (wDeimosRP-08).  Getting up the other side of the saddle looks like you will need to climb up some very steep and loose almost vertical sections.  When it looks like things may get difficult, go around the left (north) side to find an easier way to scramble back up onto the ridge.  Scrambling around this left side has a lot less exposure and has more solid rock to scramble up.   

After you get back to the ridge follow along the crest of the ridge for the easiest travel to continue.  

About 500 feet after the scramble around to the left to bypass a loose climb section at the saddle, you will get to a drop which drops down to another drainage cutting across the ridge (wDeimosRP-09).  The drop is about 12 feet and is not safe due to a lot of crumbly loose rock so it is not recommended.  To get down the drop, back up about 150 feet and traverse under the crest of the ridge on the right (south) side then scramble up the drainage to back to the crest of the ridge.  

From the bottom of the down climb (wDeimosRP-09) you will be able to look down both the south and north side of the ridge in the drainage that is cutting across the ridge.  This is where you will leave the ridge line and begin to traverse over to the head of Deimos Canyon.  Do not drop directly down the drainage on the left (north).  Instead traverse along the left (north) side of the ridge and try to stay high.  Traversing this part of the ridge is more like scrambling and route finding your way around small cliff bands of very loose rock.  There is no one smooth route around this stuff.  The goal is to drop down into Deimos about 350 feet north of where you left the ridge.  If you drop down too fast and you will not be close to the head of the canyon and may bypass the first rappel.  

Note:
The first rappel is not anything special but is included in the rap count for this route description.  Your rap count may be different if you drop in early.  There will be a rappel that starts from “under” a huge boulder which is rap 3 by this route description.  If you drop in early, the rap from under the boulder will likely be rap 2 for you.  The rap from under the huge boulder can be used as a reference when following this description.

The drop in point (yDeimosTp) is about 150 feet down canyon of a very obvious sheer head wall for Deimos Canyon.  The head wall is very tall and appears to extend most of the way up to the mountain peak behind it.

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
From the drop in point (yDeimosTp), you can look up canyon about 150 feet to see the very tall vertical sheer headwall.  Rap 1 should be about 70 feet down canyon of the drop in point.  

Rap 1 (dDeimosR1) is about 50 feet down canyon of the drop in point.  Rap 1 is anchored from a large conglomerate boulder about 30 feet back from the drop and drops about 35 feet down a vertical wall.  

Down canyon of rap 1 are a few short down climbs of 4 to 8 feet each which are all easy down climbs.  

Rap 2 (dDeimosR2) is about 150 feet down canyon of rap 1.  Rap 2 is anchored from a cairn anchor and drops about 25 feet.  

About 60 feet down canyon of rap 2 is a drop of about 50 feet.  Down climb a series of ledges from center canyon over to the RDC side to get down this drop.  From the top of this drop before climbing down look right (north) to see a side slot.  The side slot goes back about 40 feet and is a nice distraction to look at if you have time.  Near the opening of the side slot is a pillar made from a conglomerate collection of dirt and small rocks and has a solid rock supported on top.  

Down canyon about 200 feet you will find a huge boulder fallen at the floor of the canyon.  Go to the LDC side of the boulder and crawl through a rabbit hole to find a room under the boulder.  There is another hole on the down canyon side of the room which is where rap 3 drops from.  

Rap 3 (dDeimosR3) is about 275 feet down canyon of rap 2.  Rap 3 is anchored from a choke stone nestled in the rubble in the room under the huge boulder.  The room is quite large with a very pleasing hue of light seeping in making it feel very home like.  On the down canyon side of the room under the boulder is another hole which is where the top of rap 3 is.  Rap 3 is anchored from a choke stone nestled in the rubble by the hole at the top of rap 3.  Rap 3 drops about 95 feet from the hole down a vertical wall with a little free hang along the way.  This is one of the fun scenic raps in the upper section of the canyon.  The 95 foot length for rap 3 is if it is anchored from right at the top of the drop.  If the anchor is moved back to any of the other rocks in the room the rap length may extend a little longer.  

Rap 4 (dDeimosR4-5) is about 150 feet down canyon of rap 3 and is anchored from a large rock embedded in the wash.  Rap 4 drops about 25 feet.  

Rap 5 is about 40 feet down canyon of rap 4.  Rap 5 is anchored from rock embedded in the wash on the RDC side.  Rap 5 has a ledge about 5 feet down to stand on before going completely vertical dropping about 90 feet down a sheer wall.  Rap 5 is scenic and feels like you are dropping into a cathedral type area with the first half being free hanging.  Be careful about dropping a lot of loose rock here down on those below the rappel.

After rap 5 is a section of canyon which is kind of narrow with a lot of down climbing.  

About 90 feet down canyon of rap 5 is a down climb of about 12 feet.  Strong down climbers will be ok on this drop.  Weaker down climbers will want a meat anchor as a hand line or to just plain rappel the drop.   

After the 12 foot drop are a couple more easy down climbs before getting to a drop of about 25 feet.  The 25 foot drop is a pretty simple down climb for better down climbers.  A good down climber can meat anchor everyone down then down climb last.  If no one feels comfortable with this an anchor can be set up from a rock embedded in the wash about 5 fee back.  Only good down climbers will like this, most people will want to rap this drop.  

Down canyon of the 25 foot down climb are multiple short easy down climbs of 6 to 8 feet each one right after the other.  

Rap 6 (dDeimosR6) is a little over 300 feet down canyon of rap 5.  Rap 6 is anchored from a cairn anchor and drops about 35 feet down a slightly sloped wall.  

Down canyon of rap 6 the canyon is not quite as narrow and has more down climbs.  The down climbs after rap 6 are all short easy down climbs.  

Rap 7 (dDeimosR7) is about 150 feet down canyon of rap 6.   Rap 7 is anchored from a pinch point between a couple of boulders.  To start rap 7 you need to squirm through a rabbit hole under a boulder to a small ledge then slide off the ledge to drop down about 50 feet with some free hang along the way.  Rap 7 is a fun start since it is unusual.  

After rap 7 the canyon does not widen out much but does begin to take on a wider feel.  Travel down canyon of rap 7 is easy walking mixed with some light scrambling down climbs.  

Rap 8 (dDeimosR8) is about 250 feet down canyon of rap 7.  Rap 8 is anchored from a choke stone at the top of the rap.  Rap 8 is a two stage rap and drops about 35 feet on the first stage and about 15 feet on the second stage with about 20 horizontal feet between stages.  

Rap 9 (dDeimosR9-10) is about 150 feet down canyon of rap 8.  Rap 9 is anchored from a pinch point between the canyon wall and a rock embedded in the wash on the LDC side.  Rap 9 drops about 8 feet but is not down climbable due to a severe overhang.  

Rap 10 is about 40 feet down canyon of rap 9 with a short down climb between the raps.  Rap 10 is anchored from a rock horn about 20 feet up canyon of the rap.  Rap 10 drops about 50 feet down a vertical wall.  

Down canyon of rap 10 travel starts to have more wash walking and a few easy scramble down climbs.  

Rap 11 (dDeimosR11) is about 200 feet down canyon of rap 10 and is anchored from a cairn anchor.  Rap 11 drops about 25 feet.  

Down canyon of rap 11 are a few easy down climbs before getting to a larger drop about 200 feet down canyon of rap 11.  Climb down a chute LDC to get down this larger drop.  

Near this larger drop the canyon turns slightly right, levels off a lot and travel is easy.  This is where the second third of the canyon starts which has a very different character than the upper third with all the rappels.  This middle third of the canyon is easy travel and goes rather quickly.  This section is a mix of wash walking and a lot of scrambling down and around large boulders.  This section is fun and scenic so take time to look around as you scurry through.  

About 0.4 miles down canyon of rap 11, Deimos tightens up and feels like it will begin to get technical again.  Soon after it tightens up you will get to a drop of about 12 feet that looks like it needs to be rappelled on the LDC side (wDeimosRP-10).  This drop can be down climbed relatively easy on the RDC side or bypassed altogether by climbing around high up on the rim LDC.  

A few feet down canyon of the 12 foot drop is a series of 4 pour offs (wDeimosRP-11).  These pour offs can be down climbed with the first couple being a little challenging.  Or you can bypass these pour off drops by walking up and over on the rim on the LDC side.

Note:  - Sneak Route
If doing the sneak route, just past these drops is where the sneak route drops down from the side into the canyon.

A short distance after the series of pour offs is another down climb.  This down climb is a two stage down climb.  The first stage is about 10 feet and the second is also about 10 feet but is best down climbed LDC under an overhanging boulder.  

Rap 12 (dDeimosR12-14) is about 450 feet down canyon of the series of pour offs.  Rap 12 is anchored from a cairn anchor and drops a total of about 125 feet.  Rap 12 has a ledge about 15 feet down from the top then a vertical drop of about 85 feet to a large ledge then another drop of about 15 feet.  There is about 40 feet of free hang about mid way down the longest drop of rap 12. 

Note:
It is possible to bypass the last part of rap 12 by getting off rope at the big ledge then scrambling down a the LDC side around the last drop.  This makes rap 12 possibly only 100 feet total back from the anchor.

Also is is possible to down climb the first 15 feet of rap 12 down a flute to a small ledge.  There is an alternate anchor option from this ledge making the rap even shorter if you take to time to do this.

Near the bottom of rap 12 is a drop which can be down climbed by down climbing around and down between a large boulder and the canyon wall on the RDC side.  Then drop down a couple short ledges to the top of rap 13.

Rap 13 is about 50 feet down canyon of rap 12.  Rap 13 is anchored from a large rock embedded in the wash near the top of the rap and drops about 50 feet to a ledge RDC.

Rap 14 is on the ledge at the bottom of rap 13.  Rap 14 is anchored from rock debris embedded in the dirt about 15 feet back from the drop and drops 35 feet.

Note:
Raps 13 and 14 could be combined into one drop but may require over 100 feet of rope travel.  If you do this pay close attention to how the rope is set and routed to minimize rope pull issues.

Just after rap 14 is a slide / down climb of about 15 feet to a ledge then a drop of about 8 feet that will be a challenging for some people.

A few feet down canyon is a drop of about 35 feet that can be rap 15 or bypassed as a down climb through a rabbit hole.

Rap 15 (dDeimosR15) is anchored from one of the boulders at the top of the drop and drops about 30 feet.

Note:
An option that will save time is to bypass rap 15 by climbing down a rabbit hole LDC and down climbing to the bottom of the drop.  The last 8 to 10 feet will give weak down climbers some problems.  This option also adds fun to the route if you prefer down climbing over short rappels.

A little farther down canyon is another drop of about 20 feet where you may find webbing left from previous parties.  This drop can be easily bypassed through another rabbit hole.  This rabbit hole is tighter than the previous one but is also a much easier down climb.  At the bottom is a ledge with a view over a couple pour offs in a section of white rock that are then down climbed.

After down climbing the pour offs head down canyon a couple hundred feet to a drop of about 20 feet (wDeimosRP-12).  This drop is also descended by down climbing through a rabbit hole.  This rabbit hole is not as obvious as the last two you have seen and is right at your feet at the top of the drop.  The last 8 feet of this down climb may be difficult for some so assisting each other may be helpful.

After dropping down the third rabbit hole continue down canyon with some light scrambles and wash walking for about 600 feet to a 2 stage down climb of about 6 feet then 12 feet.  The first part of 6 feet is obviously easy.  The second part of 12 feet is a little more difficult and may be challenging for some.  There is an easy bypass for this second part by going up and over the rock on the RDC side to find a gentle angle down climb.  About 40 feet down canyon is rap 16. 

Rap 16 (dDeimosR16) is anchored from a pinch point between huge flat rock leaning on the LDC wall of the canyon.  Rap 16 drops about 25 feet.  

Rap 17 (dDeimosR17) is about 80 feet down canyon of rap 16.  Rap 17 is anchored from a pinch point between a large boulder at the top of the rap and a rock embedded in the wash and drops about 35 feet.  Rap 17 has a lot of possible pinch points during rope pull.  Be very careful how you set up this rap and do a test pull before the last person drops down.  

About 90 feet after rap 17 the canyon ends and dumps you out onto the alluvial fan (yDeimosBt).

The Exit:
When you get out to the alluvial fan (yDeimosBt), you will not be able to walk straight out to the road because there will be a gravel hill preventing it.  Walk left (southwest) around the gravel bank then turn right and walk east out to the road where you parked your vehicle (pkDeimosBt).  Your vehicle will be about 0.3 miles from the mouth of the canyon.

GPS Waypoint Information

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Elevations are approximate.  Waypoints with no elevation data will display NaN in place of the elevation.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

Notes for GPS information:
BEFORE
entering coordinates from this website, please ensure your system (GPS or mapping software) is set to the same datum used here.  Waypoint coordinates are listed with WGS84 datum and in Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd° format.  Entering coordinate information with inconsistent datum's can result in the waypoints being off by hundreds of feet.  It is important to keep this in mind when entering waypoints from any source.

Deimos 1 - Drive to Trailhead
  1. extBadWatr-190          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.44835   W -116.85247        Elev: 10 Feet
    Junction of highway 190 and Badwater Road (178).
  2. extDesoltnCyn          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.39660   W -116.84746        Elev: -205 Feet
    Exit for the road to Desolation Canyon Trailhead.
  3. extDevilsGolf          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.29845   W -116.81171        Elev: -200 Feet
    Turn off for the Devil's Golf Course. Park here to leave an exit vehicle when doing Brimstone Canyon.
  4. extNatBridge          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.27404   W -116.79292        Elev: -241 Feet
    Exit for the road to the Natural Bridge trailhead.
  5. sBadWater282          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.23001   W -116.76791        Elev: -282 Feet
    Sign at Bad Water Stating 282 feet below sea level
  6. pkDeimosBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16688   W -116.76794        Elev: -265 Feet
    Park here to start the route for Deimos. There is no specified marker for parking. Just park were it feels comfortable.
Deimos 2 - Approach
  1. pkDeimosBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16688   W -116.76794        Elev: -265 Feet
    Park here to start the route for Deimos. There is no specified marker for parking. Just park were it feels comfortable.
  2. wDeimosRP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16585   W -116.76502        Elev: -210 Feet
    Point to start the climb up from the alluvial fan to climb up toward Deimos Canyon. This is what appears to be the lowest angle of attack to start up the mountain side. This is about 850 feet south of the mouth of Deimos and no obvious landmark exists.
  3. wDeimosRP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16502   W -116.76277        Elev: NaN Feet
    Ramps and drainages become less exaggerated and travel over to the ridge can be accomplished with more of a straight line.
  4. wDeimosRP-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16491   W -116.76108        Elev: 580 Feet
    On the crest of the ridge running along the south side of Deimos Canyon. Terrain is rugged and convoluted so you will not have a good view down into Deimos.
  5. jDeimosSneak          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16404   W -116.76017        Elev: 830 Feet
    Short section that is almost level before climbing again. From here you can see a peak up along the ridge you will be climbing over if continuing up on the full approach. Note: If doing the sneak route into Deimos, leave the ridge here route find your way down the slope into the canyon. The route down the slopes here are moderately steep but can easily be traveled down into the canyon floor.
  6. wDeimosRP-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.15895   W -116.75553        Elev: 1,690 Feet
    Traversing slightly left (north) of a peak along the ridge. This is first of three small peaks at roughly the same elevation. this peak is labeled on some maps as 1744. An upclimb will be needed to cross over the saddle about 300 feet farther along the route.
  7. wDeimosRP-06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.15886   W -116.75398        Elev: 1,710 Feet
    On the second portion of the peak after crossing the saddle with the short up climb.
  8. wDeimosRP-07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16033   W -116.75152        Elev: NaN Feet
    A third peak to walk over. This third peak is reddish in color and has a small cairn constructed on it.
  9. wDeimosRP-08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16261   W -116.74757        Elev: NaN Feet
    Saddle to cross over along the ridge. Crossing over this saddle looks like you will need to climb over some difficult loose stuff to get back up on the ridge on the other side. Route find a way to scramble around to the left (north) for an easy way up.
  10. wDeimosRP-09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16318   W -116.74634        Elev: 2,340 Feet
    A drop of about 12 feet down to a driange that cuts across the ridge. Down climbing this drop is not recommended as it is unsafe. Back up about 150 feet and traverse low on the right (south) side then scramble back up the drainage to the ridge. This is also where you start to leave the ridge and work your way over to the head of Deimos.
  11. yDeimosTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16411   W -116.74610        Elev: 2,570 Feet
    Top entry for Deimos Canyon (AKA South Twin). This is about 150 feet down canyon of an obvious sheer vertical head wall.
Deimos 3 - The Canyon and Exit
  1. yDeimosTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16411   W -116.74610        Elev: 2,570 Feet
    Top entry for Deimos Canyon (AKA South Twin). This is about 150 feet down canyon of an obvious sheer vertical head wall.
  2. dDeimosR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16410   W -116.74629        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored from a conglomerate boulder about 30 feet back and drops about 35 feet.
  3. dDeimosR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16395   W -116.74676        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored a carin anchor and drops about 25 feet.
  4. dDeimosR3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16376   W -116.74764        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Deimos Canyon. Starts from underneath a huge boulder, drops about 95 feet down a vertical wall with some free hang part way down. Rap 3 is anchored by a choke stone mixed in the rubble under the boulder.
  5. dDeimosR4-5          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16352   W -116.74804        Elev: NaN Feet
    Raps 4 and 5 - Deimos Canyon. Rap 4 anchored from a boulder embedded in the wash and drops about 25 feet. Rap 5 is about 40 feet down canyon of rap 4. Rap 5 is anchored from rock sticking up out of the wash on the RDC side and drops about 90 feet. Rap 5 is scenic as you drop down a vertical wall in what feels like a cathedral area.
  6. dDeimosR6          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16346   W -116.74914        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 6 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored from a cairn anchor and drops about 35 feet down a slightly sloped wall.
  7. dDeimosR7          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16341   W -116.74964        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 7 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored from a pinch point between boulders and drops about 50 feet down a vertical wall. The start of rap 7 begins by squeezing through a rabbit hole under a boulder to get to teh drop.
  8. dDeimosR8          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16317   W -116.75052        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 8 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored from a choke stone and drops aver two stages of about 30 feet and 15 feet respectively.
  9. dDeimosR9-10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16290   W -116.75096        Elev: NaN Feet
    Raps 9 and 10 - Deimos Canyon. Rap 9 anchored LDC from pinch point between rock embedded in wash and the canyon wall. Rap 9 drops about 8 feet but is not down climbable due to severe overhang. Rap 10 is about 40 feet down canyon of rap 9. Rap 10 is anchored from a rock horn about 20 feet back and drops about 50 feet down a vertical wall.
  10. dDeimosR11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16277   W -116.75166        Elev: 1,215 Feet
    Rap 11 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored from a cairn anchor and drops about 25 feet.
  11. wDeimosRP-10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16474   W -116.75762        Elev: 665 Feet
    Drop of about 12 feet. Looks like it needs to be rapped on the LDC side but can be down climed on the RDC side. Alternately this drop can be bypassed by climbing around high on the LDC side.
  12. wDeimosRP-11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16475   W -116.75802        Elev: NaN Feet
    Series of about 4 pour offs that can be down climbed with the first couple being challenging. Or you can bypass these pour off drops by traversing up and over on the rim LDC. Note: Just past these drops is where the sneak route drops down from the side into the canyon.
  13. dDeimosR12-14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16543   W -116.75950        Elev: NaN Feet
    Raps 12 thru 14 - Deimos Canyon. Rap 12 anchored from a cairn anchor and drops a total of about 125 feet down a vertical wall with a couple ledges along the way. There is about 40 feet of free hang on the longest part of the drop. Rap 13 is about 50 feet down canyon of rap 12 and is anchored from a large rock embedded in the wash and drops about 50 feet. Rap 14 is at the bottom of rap 13, is anchored from rocks embeded in the dirt about 15 feet back from the drop and drops about 35 feet. Raps 13 and 14 can be combined into one rap but pay attention to rope routing to minimize rope pull issues.
  14. dDeimosR15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16606   W -116.76029        Elev: 235 Feet
    Rap 15 - Deimos Canyon. Rap 15 drops about 30 and can be down climbed by squeezing through a rabbit hole then down climbing under some boulders.
  15. wDeimosRP-12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16631   W -116.76164        Elev: 129 Feet
    Drop of about 20 feet that can be down climbed through a rabbit hole at the top of the drop. This is the third rabbit hole to down climb in the lower section of the canyon. The last 8 feet of this down climb is challenging my require assistnace.
  16. dDeimosR16          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16765   W -116.76287        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 16 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored froma huge flat rock leaning on the LDC wall of the canyon and drops about 25 feet.
  17. dDeimosR17          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16782   W -116.76316        Elev: -100 Feet
    Rap 17 - Deimos Canyon. Anchored from a pinch point between a large boulder and a rock embedded in the wash. a large rock embedded in the wash at the top of the rap. Rap 17 drops about 35 feet.
  18. yDeimosBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16787   W -116.76345        Elev: -140 Feet
    Bottom exit for Deimos Canyon.
  19. pkDeimosBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 36.16688   W -116.76794        Elev: -265 Feet
    Park here to start the route for Deimos. There is no specified marker for parking. Just park were it feels comfortable.