burley's Canditions

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2017

Anchors were fine. Water was very low, only one short swim in the Cathedral and a few waist to chest deep wades. Those that had 3/2 wetsuits (full and Farmer John) were happy with them, though I didn't take one and was glad I didn't. It was a very hot day at about 108F.

Took us a casual 5 hrs with group of 4.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2017

Anchors were great. Water was very low. Our group took a couple trips over a couple days with various amounts of neoprene. Unless you are very slow or with kids wetsuits are overkill.

Took us 2 hrs with group of 6 (3 kids ages 4-7), 1.5 hrs with group of 6 inexperienced adults.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 23, 2017

Re-tied an anchor or two, rest were fine. It was nice to see a couple anchors placed high on trees to avoid grooves. Water was very low with nothing significant over waist deep, though maybe a very short swim or two? We took no wetsuits and were very glad not to.

Took us 5 hrs with group of 4. We got a late start so we took our time on the HOT approach and exit.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2017

Replaced a few anchors, probably should have replaced a couple more. Water was very low generally. We put on 4/3mm and 3/2mm wetsuits near the end once we got cold (this was after several swims and at the 20' deep keeper that we bypassed with a guided rappel). We may have been fine without but were glad to have put them on.

Took us 13 hrs Lava Point to Shuttle with group of 4 (3 experienced 1 not so much).

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 21, 2017

Anchors were fine. Water levels were pretty low and very muddy, nothing over waist deep. Very hot.

Took us 3 hrs with group of 8 (3 kids ages 4-7).

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 17, 2017

Very busy day in canyon, probably 50+ people but everyone moved through pretty well considering. Anchors were fine. Seems like several new bolts since the last time I was in there (couple of years).

The road is in pretty good shape all the way down to the lower Orderville TH. Probably not passenger car friendly, but I'd take a Suburu.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 10, 2017

Maybe 13hrs from Lava Point to Shuttle at a very slow pace, took a few long breaks for food and water. Pretty full and cold, some effort required to escape small lips on many potholes but no pack tosses or partner assists necessary.

We wore from 4/3 up to 7mm. A few of us got fairly chilled with only 4/3, but not enough to actually pull more neo out of our packs.

One of our party hauled a snake through most of the third narrows until we found her a nice sandy area. She was also quite cold.

Anchors were generally in good shape.

There's a fixed rope at the first drop into Phantom Valley that should be hauled out, maybe someone hiking the West Rim Trail?

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2015

Water levels were high enough to be glad we had 4/3 wetsuits (but maybe not needed if done in the heat of the day?). Water levels were low enough (4 ft down at the first keeper?) that we tossed a pack or two and partner assisted another couple potholes.

As a mixed group of we three took about four hours to do the approach and descend. We were a bit slow in part due to getting sucked into some drainages on top of the approach, we should have stayed high after exiting the scramble section. That time does not include the exit...we took the first major trail up to the ridge on the East so we could head directly over to the bottom of Quandary.

The main road was in great shape, but the last 0.6 miles to the TH require 4x4 with HC.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 23, 2015

Nothing much to add to the previous report except that it appears to have been intended for Raven (and vice versa).

Great canyon with pretty low water/large keepers, though wetsuits were definitely needed by some and appreciated by the rest. I recall only one existing (but solid) anchor, the rest of the obstacles were fun to problem solve ways in and out. It was a very leisurely 4 hours or so for a mixed group of 6.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 23, 2015

Nothing much to add to the previous report except that it appears to have been intended for Headless Hen (and vice versa).

Water was low and wetsuits definitely not needed. Just over 2 hrs for three of us.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 22, 2015

Dry. We anchored the first rap off a truck (not more than 270ft, maybe less) and ended up using the webbing found at the 'spicy down climb'. If using a vehicle for the first rap please take the time to carefully place your rope to avoid creating more grooves. We were able to haul the rope up while locked off 5 ft down in order to avoid grooves on the pull.

Our mixed group of 5 took less than 3 hrs round trip.

An Outback would make it to Egypt 2 trailhead without a problem.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 21, 2015

Water levels down a bit from where they could be. Wetsuits used, appreciated and seemed necessary for an early start like we had, though a group we spoke with indicated they had gone through without.

All anchors we used seemed to be in good shape.

Took about 5 hrs from the bottom of Neon round trip for our mixed group of 6. After bushwacking to Baker the previous day the approach felt like a superhighway.

Escalante river was crystal clear and the road in was passable for any 4x4 (an outback would make it to Egypt 2 trailhead without a problem).

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 20, 2015

We descended West Baker. Water levels down a foot or two from where they could be. Wetsuits used, appreciated and seemed necessary.

All anchors we used seemed to be in good shape.

Took about 10 hrs from the bottom of Neon round trip for our mixed group of 6, though we took a slickrock approach WELL before reaching the baker/escalante confluence.

Escalante river was crystal clear and the road in was passable for any 4x4 (an outback would make it to Egypt 2 trailhead without a problem).

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 19, 2015

Water levels were low enough to avoid any difficult jams/climbs but high enough to provide lots of opportunities for swimming. Minimum neo in our group of six was 4/3 with a 3mm vest on top, some of our group got a bit chilly but never cold.

All anchors we used seemed to be in good shape.

Took about 12 hrs from the bottom of Neon round trip for our mixed group of 6.

Escalante river was crystal clear and the road in was passable for any 4x4 (an outback would make it to Egypt 2 trailhead without a problem).

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 20, 2013

Seemed to be fairly full?, but take that with a grain of salt because a) it was our first time through so we had nothing to compare it to and b) we had an experienced group. Maybe it would help to add that some of the bigger keepers had water levels about 4 ft from the lip. All keepers were partner assists except one which we pack tossed.

We had a group of 5 with wetsuits from 4/3 full to 3/2 farmer john. All were plenty warm except the guy with the 3/2 farmer john who got chilled a couple times. 7 hrs from top of rim to top of last rap (we spent the night on the rim and waited a while at the last rap).

Replaced one piece of webbing, rest seemed fine but a few will need some tender care in the coming descents.