bighornmonkey's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2016

Didn't use wetsuits and didn't need it. Air temperature in the mid 70s. There is one swimmer downstream from the confluence , and one chest deep pothole at the very end. Watch out of rope getting pinched if combining the last 2 rappels. It happened to us and we had to redo the canyon the next day to retrieve our stuck rope. Exiting up 7-mile creek was fun with only one waist deep water to walk through.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2016

tried to drive to the canyon on Oct 10th but didn't dare crossing the creek with my Subaru outback....too much deep/wet sand in there. The creek was still running. I am guessing the canyon has a lot of water as a result.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 7, 2016

no wetsuit needed. A bit o water up to waist deep. Big keeper pothole was about 11ft deep, completely dry and surmounted by climbing on one person's shoulder.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 30, 2016

The long rappel is not as long as the description suggested. I measured it at 230ft (at most)...of course that would depend on where you are anchoring from. We used a good existing anchor consisting of a dead tree and a deadman to back it up. We left the long rope in place and did not need to use our other rope for the rest of the canyon.

The canyon is really short. Car to car in 2.5hrs for our group of 4.

I was able to get wet only up to the knee. but my 3 friends did 1 short refreshing swim as we decided to leave the wetsuits behind. The "keeper" there was waist deep at the leap and not much of a keeper as everyone was able to exit on his own.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 29, 2016

3 hour approach from our camp at the confluence of Escalante river and Fence canyon. 5 hours descent. 1 hour return.

A lot of poison ivy at the beginning of the canyon(not fun)which is almost impossible to avoid, then it is a blast till the end. Water level was ideal (not too high) and water temperature wasn't too bad (I had 5/3 mm suits). There is only one section where we had to climb over a log jam and only one person in our group of 4 was able to do so on his own. Partner assist would work there.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 28, 2016

Fun, fun, fun! Canyon pretty full. We hand-lined 2 sections and didn't put our harnesses until the final rappel through the cathedral

No keeper for us.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2016

Took 5 hours (including final rappel) for our party of 4. We didn't take wetsuits and did not need them. Water was the deepest after the final rappel...waist deep at most.

Not as tight as the description makes it sound.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 10, 2015

Full to the brim. So much water...so many jumps (sometimes up to 30ft). Definitely need wetsuits. Some of us never even wore our harnesses and hand-lined down in a few sections.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2015

Mostly Dry, except for the DIRECT section of the canyon. Our party of 6 ascended the canyon from the bottom, but couldn't resist descending the DIRECT section along he way which had a few deep and wet keeper potholes (a few potshot and many partner-assists got us out). Glad we had the wetsuit for the DIRECT route, but a party we caught up with didn't wear wetsuit and seemed fine.

No wetsuit needed if using the BYPASS option.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2015

Party of 6. We had a blast... not full to the brim but a lot of water. We were glad we had wetsuits. Ascended up Quandary (bypass) for the exit.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 11, 2015

A couple pools at the very beginning of the technical section, but only ankle deep. Canyon completely dry after that. Wetsuit not needed. Party of 12 completed the trip in 10 hours car to car using the short exit. Anchors in descent condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 29, 2015

Awesome. Ankle deep water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 28, 2015

Did the North Fork, and the South Branch of the North Fork on the way out. No water in this canyon.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 28, 2015

Completely dry.

Fun technical section...too bad it ended too quickly. The exit is long and requires walking through a lot of sand.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2014

Potholes are completely full until just before the big keeper pothole. We used a human pyramid to escape the big keeper pothole which only had 2 feet of water in it....after that section the canyon is mostly dry with the occasional waste-deep pool. Really fun!