darhawk's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 22, 2020

Great canyon for teaching rappeling, anchoring, rope retrieval, etc. Forgiving rappels, anchors and starts. Pretty narrows section; different than Utah sandstone canyons. Also a great winter canyon. All anchors and webbing are pretty bomber. Some of those cairn anchors probably have 400 pounds of rocks on them. Replacing webbing would suck, haha.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 25, 2020

No water. Great anchors. Good road. Fairly exposed climbing on the way out in a couple of places, especially if you stay in the same slot all the way to the top instead of traversing around like most beta suggests. Added some spice to the canyon. Really fun canyon, we thought. Has some good downclimbs, rappels, potholes and climbing and nothing too difficult. 6 hours for a big group of 10. First rappel is good to do with a courtesy anchor and placing the rope below the V-slot for the pull.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 5, 2020

On a day officially classified as "stinking hot" (100 degrees or more), this was a good choice. Low water due to a complete bust of a monsoon season, but still plenty of swimming. Not a log in sight; rather, we pushed our way past a dead mouse and dead bird. No wetsuits for most, and all were fine.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2020

The last deadman anchor was well-constructed. It was an 85-degree day but only 70 or so in the morning when we plunged down into the abyss into the water. We brought 3 mm wetsuits and wore them, but most thought they would be fine without them in those conditions. The deep, watery section is fairly short and opens up soon, with no raps to jam up the process and slow people down. Fairly tight in a couple of places on the descent and in the deep section. We rapped the plunge into the blackness, as it is not that awkward and seemed safer than a handline. Jawa Sandcrawler recommended for the exit. If you misread the beta and go up the exit canyon rather than the sandstone nose next to it, you will be fine, by the way. Boulder climbing in a slot may be better than a hot sandstone face in any case.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 22, 2020

6 hours car to car with group of 5. Some unavoidable water, nearly waist-deep in East fork. West fork upclimb is fantastic but quite physical. It's quite narrow in places and leveraging yourself up and over rocks is challenging. It was a literally breath-taking, skin-scraping experience that made this canyon unlike many others if you are not used to much upclimbing.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2019

East Fork. 11 hours car to car. 75 degree, sunny day. Water only in last narrows section, maybe 15 minutes total. A few different chambers with water, but only one swimmer. Final warm-spring-fed pool delightful. Opted for minimal clothing in water rather than wetsuits and worked out fine for party of 8 with mixed experience. Hiked Parunaweep 15 minutes to exit and warmed up in sun there. Lovely, long day!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 25, 2019

10 people, mostly noobs. Very leisurely pace took maybe 8 hours including water-play time. All water avoidable by stemming or bypassing the last rap using trail. Still, some got in on a 75-degree sunny day. No wetsuits necessary. Lots of beautiful fall trees; not a classic slot canyon. Many raps have two options, especially in lower canyon, minimizing wait time. Almost all raps can be bypassed, though some with difficult downclimbs. Perhaps only the long one cannot be bypassed this way.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 18, 2019

Observation Point trail still closed so we shuttled from the east side. 45 minute stroll to Death Gully and then exactly 5 hours to the final rappel into the Narrows at a somewhat leisurely pace with a group of 6 that included two newbies. No lake. Strong spring flow. All anchors in great shape. Death Gully the same as always.

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

This space-time irregularity is operating at peak power, as reported below. Ranger busting rule-breakers at the trailhead made for a lovely day with few competing groups. Hint: Do not pretend that your large group of more than 12 people don't know each other and have two totally separate permits. Yeah, that may not work.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 29, 2019

We did the right sneak. A strong, motivated group of 5 took 3'15" to get to Crossroads. We wore 3 to 5 mm wetsuits on a rather cloudy maybe 85-degree day and were generally fine. A splash jacket helped the woman who runs coldest. Potholes full so no hooking, etc. needed. Still, some areas early in canyon difficult to exit due to unstable log jams. In fact, one sketchy early log jam collapsed about 5 feet to a much more stable and accessible (no up-stemming required) position as I stood delicately on it. You later groups are welcome. Strongest members finished Grotto to Temple in 10 hours. Old people (53) worn out by the long day (me), needed 11 due to moving VERY slowly in Narrows at the end.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 28, 2019

Same basic report as Garnell two weeks ago. Took 8 hours for a group of 4 with two noobs. They found the bolder field at the end the most difficult, moving through quite slowly. As a more experienced person, it's easy for me to forget how challenging some things are to people experiencing it for first time.

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

Both forks with a mixed group of 9 more-experienced folks and a couple of beginners. Exited before the last rappels to the river both times. Great canyons for this type of group; fun to try to stay dry at a couple of knee-deep potholes on a 55-degree day. 6 hours for both forks car to car.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 15, 2019

Love this canyon! 5 people; 4.5 hours. Well-described by others here and elsewhere. Road was in fine shape, with just one short sandy hill that was fine in an Outback. Standard exit gully is steeper than I expected.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 21, 2018

Did right fork as a quick canyon because it was a hot August day and rains were forecast for the afternoon. Took about 1.5 hours for a group of 5. Fun little canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 21, 2018

Did this as a quick canyon since we really wanted a canyon in August and it was hot and rains expected. Took about 2 hours for a party of 5, including a newbie. Great canyon.