darhawk's Canditions

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.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 14, 2018

After recent rains, the fullest I've ever seen it. The first section before the raps was mostly flooded. Lots of fun! Rainwater so warm that I didn't use a wetsuit, but everyone else did. I run warm and it felt great.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 12, 2018

Great canyon for beginners or big groups. We went on a Thursday and encountered no one.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 6, 2018

We entered upper Das Boot from the top, as recommended by RoadTripRyan. Finding the route down into Wildcat Canyon to the point where the Left Fork (Das Boot) begins is a bit tricky. You have to go very high to the base of the cliffs before heading down. The upper section had a couple of nice rappels. One was a floating disconnect and would be a keeper pothole if not for a big friendly log providing a bomber handhold at the exit to it. Anchors were good and it seems like this upper section is getting more popular. It is indeed a very long day, longer than expected. The hike back out to the TH is only 1500 feet or so of elevation gain, but feels much longer at the end of the day in the heat.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 16, 2018

It rained last night for the first time in a while, according to the gas station cashier. Still, right fork of Shillelagh dry, and in great condition. Fun in a short package. I've done a lot of other North Wash canyons a couple times and avoided Shillelagh because it didn't sound as fun. Well, it's actually quite good! We thought the downclimbs were a bit spicier than Blarney left fork, and the 70-foot rappel is very pretty and straightforward. Just not as narrow as others, but still very nice.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 16, 2018

It rained last night for the first time in a while, according to the gas station cashier. Still, left fork of Blarney dry, and in great condition. Fun in a short package.