garnell's Canditions

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

Still bone dry with no mud. Temperatures were fantastic. 2 hours car to car with four teens, three of them noobs.

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

What USofCS said earlier this week. Park was very busy, had to wait a while at the Pine Creek parking lot to get a space. Chose to go with wetsuits and was glad for it. Cathedral water is avoidable by rappelling through a window on the left. Everything else is dry. A delightful run!

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 26, 2019

Be advised that conditions of the streambed can significantly alter the energy required by the approach. It's currently mostly deep sand which is very draining. I would only recommend Brimstone to those wanting a semi-technical experience (maneuvering skills) and have lots of energy left over after PAB/Spooky. Not suitable for young children or anyone low on energy or ability.

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

Highly recommend navigation tools, like AllTrails.com's app. There are trails everywhere, making the entrance surprisingly easy to miss. If you're at all in doubt, ask other people. The largest downclimb is best done if you turn around and go down facing up canyon, using the excellent fingerholds. On our return from Brimstone we ran into a young couple and their dog who were looking for PAB/Spooky but were headed very much in the wrong direction. Speaking of Brimstone, be advised that conditions of the streambed can significantly alter the energy required by the approach. It's currently mostly deep sand which is very draining. I would only recommend Brimstone to those wanting a semi-technical experience (maneuvering skills) and have lots of energy left over after PAB/Spooky. Not suitable for young children or anyone low on energy or ability. Hole in the Rock Rd. was every bit as much as a washboard showcase as everyone says.

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

Highly recommend navigation tools, like AllTrails.com's app. There are trails everywhere, making the entrance surprisingly easy to miss. If you're at all in doubt, ask other people. On our return from Brimstone we ran into a young couple and their dog who were looking for PAB/Spooky but were headed very much in the wrong direction. Speaking of Brimstone, be advised that conditions of the streambed can significantly alter the energy required by the approach. It's currently mostly deep sand which is very draining. I would only recommend Brimstone to those wanting a semi-technical experience (maneuvering skills) and have lots of energy left over after PAB/Spooky. Not suitable for young children or anyone low on energy or ability. Hole in the Rock Rd. was every bit as much as a washboard showcase as everyone says.

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

Class C conditions. LOTS of water running right now. Expect complete soakage and low visibility (i.e. difficulty seeing where to place your feet and such). All wet surfaces are extremely slippery. Water is not snowmelt-cold, it's on the refreshing side actually, but wetsuits recommended for those who run on the chilly side or if temperatures are not really hot outside. Lots of carnage from flash floods in the last year. The lower half of the canyon has changed considerable (more obstacles to downclimb/over. Delightful day!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 14, 2019

Pools are full. Multiple swimmers, but wetsuits are not necessary on a hot day. Water was refreshing. All anchors in good condition. Swimming hole in Pine Creek at bottom of exit is full as well and provided a delightful swim afterwards.

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

Steady flow, not normal for Birch, but a nice addition. Be prepared for waterfall spray on the first two rappels and puddles/mud throughout and on the walk out to the Orderville parking lot. North Fork Rd is in rougher shape than usual but doable even in a family van. The road down to the parking lot has some rougher spots than usual. It's doable, but definitely 4WD high-clearance. Lots of folks there on Saturday. Remember to park perpendicular, not parallel at the trailhead as a courtesy to others.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 31, 2019

All water is avoidable. Lots of water on the exit. Beautiful conditions. Be advised that there is a bird's nest with three eggs in the downclimb slot with a very worried mama bird. Probably best to use the rappel option for now.

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

Day temps in the 60s-70s, water up to crotch/waist in a couple of places. Delightful trip! Group of six, three hours car-to-car at a nice leisurely pace.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2019

Perfect conditions. No water, in spite of 50% forecast for previous day. Three adults and five 2nd-6th grade boys, our sons, completed the initial canyon in about four hours, then added the little side canyon as a bonus. Drove a 4WD high-clearance vehicle right up to the drop-in, which was a nice change.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 12, 2016

Forecast highs of 67F made for perfect weather. Great conditions. Mandatory water was knee deep. Penultimate rappel was dry. Final rap is about 170 feet, not 200 like some sites state. 5 hours car to car with 4 noobs.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 25, 2016

Hot canyon exposed to sun, plus lots of walking in sand.

We used Bluugnome and CanyoneeringUSA descriptions and were able to route-find just fine. Petroglyphs were awesome! Water was refreshing.

On Bluugnome rap #2, we preferred the small tree RDC rather than the large pine LDC.

On Bluugnome rap #6, don't bypass the slot/water. Delightful! Rope pull was much easier than it looks.

On Bluugnome rap #9, we rapped the water course rather than the alternative he describes.

The last rap is a long way down the boulder field. We thought we missed it by doing the alternate rap #9 and so had taken off our harnesses, only to come across the final rap and had to suit up again. A very nice final rap.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 24, 2015

Took a slower group of five 13 hours. White (Parking) Pass for the Lodge came in handy. Did last rappel in dark with headlamps.

There are three options for the "first" rappel on the hillside above the main watercourse. The upper two can be a bit sketchy to access. The lowest has a much safer approach and is anchored into the rock. Currently has blue webbing.

More water than my previous trips. Everyone got wet at least to the knees. 6th Rap bypass route was into water. Guided rappel kept all but first person dry.

The log across the pool at the bottom of the 2nd stage of the 7th Rap is now gone. Again, guided rappel kept all but first person dry.

Careful descents by the last person made for easy pulls on all rappels. On last rappel I recommend making your way down and out of the scree pile, away from the cliff's edge to the sandy area and pull from there. Much easier that way.

Beautiful canyon. Love it!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 15, 2015

Perfect day, perfect weather. 15 passenger van not so perfect a choice for the road in. Got stuck twice. Group of 7 finished in about 9 or 10 hours, mostly noobs.