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
Location: on the road to Jebel Jais, East Flank of the mountain, just after the Thunder Canyon when you head to the top of Jais.
GPS N 25° 53’ 38.8” E 056° 06’ 43.5”
This canyon can be completed with one 60 meter rope
Bypass the first 60 meter vertical wall on the right. It can also be climbed and it is fully bolted.
After the canyon you will find several 10 meter cliffs, all negotiable. Usually from the right. There is even a small cave and a nice chimney.
Wasat is the easiest of the 4 canyons and can be completed with little or even no equipment.