Although there is a multitude of dry canyons in Ras Al Khaimah, the following ones are generally considered to be the 4 Queens.
The trio of East Flank Jebel Jais (Jebel Jais Road)
And the fourth one located on the West coast. (Road to Musandam)
All of these canyons offer spectacular descents and breathtaking landscapes.
A two days overnight hike is possible starting at Thunder Canyon. Overnight on the plateau and next day, descent via the Wasat Canyon.
All above canyons need 2 sets of 60 meter rope and the ability to abseil.
With the lack of water and the weight of the gear, a group of 2 to 3 is advisable.
Most of these canyons are bolted and have adequate abseil stations. Please do check the conditions of the bolts before trusting them with your weight. Some might need tightening after a long hot summer.
AT A GLIMPSE
Activities: abseiling, hiking, climbing, scrambling
DIRECTIONS AND SHORT DESCRIPTION
Bit of loose rock but mostly solid boulders and breathtaking views.
Hiking time from car park to canyon end : 4 hours.
For this canyon you will need two 60 meter ropes for abseiling. (or 2 x 50 meter will do) The canyon is fully bolted with Rap Chains.
The raps are
R1 7 meter Possible to climb down
R2 12 meter
R3 20 meter
R4 40 meter 30 meter spider wire rap
R5 15 meter – possible to climb down
R6 45 meter
Stephane from climbing 7 described the canyon as “Un Petit Canyon Sympa”. You can find nice pics on his website.