Ascent of Red Reef on 2022-11-22

Climber: Otto De Groff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Red Reef
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

After having looked at Red Reef an innumerable amount of times while driving down to St. George, I was determined to summit this one over Thanksgiving break. There are a few good trip reports here already, so I'll just add a few details.

The chute climb out of the slot canyon isn't bad. There are plenty of foot and handholds - it is a fun, short canyon scramble.

Michael Toffey's ridge route worked well on my ascent - the ridge involves some class 3 scrambling, with no exposure. Lots of Navajo Sandstone formations. On the descent, I tried to find a way down the west ridge and then the canyon. This was tedious, and not recommended! After a couple futile attempts to find my way down a band of cliffy terrain (see GPS track) in the canyon, I ended up sidehilling on steep terrain (class 2-3) back to the main ridge, which I descended via the normal route. Lesson learned: do not go down the canyon north of the peak (unless you have some good ropes, and repelling gear).

Once down to the main trail, I did a second peak hike to Peak 4220, on the north side of the canyon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1030 ft / 313 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1020 ft / 310 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1030 ft / 313 m
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Red Reef TH  3210 ft / 978 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1020 ft / 310 m
    Route:Unsuccessful attempt in north canyon
    End Trailhead:Canyon  3220 ft / 981 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Red Reef 11/22

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Red Reef2022-11-22 a1030 ft / 314 m
2Peak 42202022-11-22 b1000 ft / 305 m
Total Trip Gain: 2030 ft / 619 m    Total Trip Loss: 2030 ft / 619 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Otto De Groff
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