chamonix's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 11, 2019

The canyon is almost entirely dry. We took drysuits due to reports from a Zion ranger that there was chest-deep wading just last week. Turns out the canyon only had ankle-deep water (that was pretty rank) in a couple of spots on the lower section. Drysuits stayed in the pack and we went car-to-car in 1:20 (2 adults). All anchors were in good condition but I retied the webbing for the 2nd or 3rd rappel, which was set with an overhand knot.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2019

Beautiful day with temps in the 70s. Canyon was bone dry up to the springs, which was a 10' swimmer that could be avoided with effort (I didn't but my buddy did). Knee deep wading in subsequent pools. Rappel into the Narrows was coolio with the typical runoff. Tried not to biff it on the moss (succeeded). Had drysuits and used them from the spings to the end. All anchors were in good condition, including bolts and webbing. 3 (half) adults. 6 hours from East Mesa trailhead to Temple of Sinawava.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 30, 2015

The upper canyon is bone dry. First down climb had waist deep water that went for 40 feet. Second down climb had chest deep water that quickly went over our head. Required swimming for about 150 feet. Water was cold but wetsuits not necessary. Anchor for exit rappel was solid. I found one move on the exit crack to be a tad over 4th class. Maybe I'm weenie. Party of three. 4.5 hours in the canyon and 2 hours to get back to the car.

I don't recommend spotting a vehicle beyond the trailhead. The road is pretty rough. You can hike it faster than the 4x4 can carry you. As noted in other posts this canyon is very beginner friendly. The corkscrew is stunning but don't go looking for a challenge.