chmerrill's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 31, 2020

No wetsuits needed...rain jackets are perfect. The anchors that used to exist to break up the rappel/s before the final rappel no longer exists. So need to do the rappel as one long 75' rappel before the final rappel.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2020

The little water present in the canyon was all avoidable. All anchors and webbing were in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 12, 2019

When we walked up to the first rappel at the head of Slideanide, it appeared to be a much longer rappel than 80' and we were afraid our ropes would come short so we walked around the rim and hiked down the side drainage into Slideanide. Once in the main canyon it is was a fun couple of hours of down climbs and slides. You definitely understand why they called it Slideanide. Did not do any rappels through the canyon. You can down climb and slide down the entire canyon. Canyon was completely dry.

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

Did the right fork. The webbing on the first 2 and only rappels look like they were recently placed. They were both set up with courtesy anchors so everyone in the party but the last person had easy starts. Once the webbing was fully extended the quick link reached over the edge for easy rope pull and to minimize the rope groves. Brilliant to whoever placed the webbing on those two rappels. Thank you! The canyon was completely dry.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2019

We did the right fork of Leprechaun. The canyon was completely dry and very beautiful. The narrow slots made for some beautiful pictures when the sun was hitting the walls just right. The hike is great for parties who are unable to rappel or navigate the slot canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 17, 2019

We took a shuttle to the East Mesa Trialhead. The trail was easy to follow and the Mouth of Mystery was easy to locate. Death Gully was not as bad as I thought it would be. The Lake bed was completely dry. No water or mud until we descended into Mystery Springs. No wetsuits were needed. No problem with any of the rope pulls. Some of the bolts needed to be tightened on the shorter rappels/ downclimbs. All the webbing was good enough. Loved the canyon especially the last rappel into the narrows.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 17, 2019

All anchors and webbing are in good order. Noticed, after climbing down, a couple of chockstones were slinged to assist in the down climb. The stinky pothole is still stinky. There is water in the canyon, waist to chest deep in places.

Keyhole is never at the top of my to do list but each time I go through it, the canyon never ceases to surprise me. It's the perfect canyon for newbies. It has a little bit of everything: stemming, downclimbing, water and of course very short rappels. The two short slots are very scenic and picturesque.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 16, 2019

All anchors are in good condition. Still plenty of water to make you wish you had a wetsuit if you run cold. Ran into garter, rattle, and corn snake (scared me, thought it was a coral ) Every time I run through the Subway the exit seems to be getting longer. Great trip with beautiful views

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 1, 2019

All potholes are full and easy. There was one pothole which had about 18 inches you had to pull yourself up from but easily doable. One person had a dry suit and I had a full wetsuit and we were very comfortable. One had a shorty wetsuit and she got a little chilly towards the end. There were several places where we had to swim. We couldn't find the sport entry and dropped in at the More Fun Entry, rappelling off the hoodoo. The final rappel into the cathedral is truly spectacular. Took 3 people 10.5 hours car to car. Went in via the Fence Canyon trial and returned using the direct route. Would not recommend the direct route or the exit. It was truly miserable, especially the steep sand hills. Make sure you take a good water filter and fill up with water at the Escalante River before hiking back out to the car.