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Alcatraz Canyon is a remarkable slot canyon with a large assortment of downclimbing. Part of the appeal of this canyon is that many of the numerous drops offer the opportunity to downclimb instead of rappel. Alcatraz Canyon requires complete technical gear. The canyon is accessible year round unless there is snow on the ground. Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is 4 to 5 hours. A GPS is useful and good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. Alcatraz Canyon is rated 3A R III using the Canyon Rating System. This is a physical technical canyon and requires moderate climbing skills and technique. This canyon has a moderate flashflood danger.
The trailhead is located in the infamous Robbers Roost area. A carefully driven passenger car or high clearance vehicle will allow you to approach the trailhead to within a reasonable distance. Four wheel drive vehicles can easily drive right to the canyon. A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route.