Birch Hollow

Last Candition: April 18, 2021


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 18, 2021


Did Birch today. Completely dry. We replaced a couple anchor webbings, as needed, but failed to use much of the 80 feet I brought, having insisted last week that bringing a stack of webbing was normal procedure... The Wild Wind Hollow exit trail is steep as ever, but it is very well inscribed on the landscape, and easy to follow all the way to the top.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 14, 2020

Gorgeous sunny day, about 37degrees at the top. Headed down with a group of 4 around 10am. Ground was frozen but holding snow in the shady spots but otherwise dry. Webbing on all raps was good . Ground was thawing on the hike out and muddy/slick in spots on the way back to the Orderville Trailhead. Road up to North Fork was slick/muddy as ground had thawed in many spots. Use 4Low and go slow and you'll be fine.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2020

Saw several groups but it was a holiday. Beautiful flutes and walls, but rope grooves are becoming a problem in this canyon.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 16, 2019

High human foot-traffic, as expected. Used alternate "first rappel" RDC and the anchor was good. Two anchors were on the large log above the true first rappel. One was looking poor and was unnecessary, so we removed it. All other anchors were sound. Wild Wind Hollow exit was bush-whacky as we got towards the ridge-line.

Sad to see the amount of garbage in the drainage. Carried out what we found.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 30, 2019

Totally dry and all anchors in good condition. The spring at the first mandatory rap is all frozen.

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

Did this canyon twice in same week. Bone dry both times. First time, we did it with 2 kids and 2 adults. It took around 6 hours. Second time with just two adults, it took us 4.5 hours. Stunning canyon.

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.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2019

Small amount of brown flowing water. Water is never more then calf deep. Hard to not get mud on rope and clothes.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 24, 2018

I give this Canyon 4/5 stars. Split review. If it was just the Canyon I would give it 5/5. The way out through Wild Wind was rather confusing. After following what we thought was the trail we would end up pushing through heavy brush. Tried to follow gps way points and found mostly sagebrush. Had to bushwhack to the top of a knoll to visually find our way out. Game trails and actual trails are easily confused. Only saw two cairns on the way out. But the Canyon itself was amazing!!!! All ANCHORS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.... THE CANYON IS COMPLETELY DRY!!!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2018

The canyon is absolutely dry--not even a muddy spot. Anchors and webbing are in good shape; though someone has "overtied" the knot in the master point of the webbing on rap one since I put the webbing in a few months ago. And and unnecessary extra sling was added. Since this was the rap you can bypass we just skipped it. The anchor is safe, but could use a little cleanup.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 7, 2018

The canyon is dry (no water), but muddy floors at the bottom of the 100' rappel, and all drop points after, to the canyon exit. We were able to avoid the mud, but unfortunately, my rope didn't. Yuck. The rest of the canyon is dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 7, 2018

Birch Hollow is completely dry and so is the up-canyon exit to the Orderville trailhead. The exit is very hot and exposed. You'll want sufficent water for the hike out. If you have a 4x4 and can park the second vehicle at the Ordervill 4x4 Trailhead will save significant amount of time--and require less water on the exit.

Anchors in good shape, so it the webbing on the anchors. We dropped in on the first rap, which is avoidable. It has a lot of loose rock that was constantly falling so keep that in mind if you choose to rap drop 1.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2017

All webbing was new and water was all avoidable. Ankle-deep mud at the bottom of the 100 ft rap, try to throw your rope bag as far down-canyon as possible.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 26, 2017

Road conditions to lower Orderville parking are good. The day was fair with temperatures around 60 degrees. We were the only group (3) in the canyon all day. All bolts and webbing are in excellent shape (still looks new). All rappel drops were muddy or had water. The deepest water (about 3 feet) was at the 100' rap off the tree. I always have a difficult time pulling the rope off this rap, but I was able to go to the upper right alcove (LDC), and whipped the rope and immediately pulled it down. There is a large, deep pool at the end of the last rappel, that has a 5" diameter log you can walk across to avoid the pool. Overall, the canyon is still muddy at each drop, but debris is mostly clear.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 16, 2017

Violent storms a couple days before put a good bit of mud and water into the canyon. Most drops had water at the bottom, some avoidable, others not. Water only ever got to the groin a couple times on a 5'11" me. Rerigged a couple anchors, others in fine shape but wearing down. So much mud....

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 17, 2017

Very busy day in canyon, probably 50+ people but everyone moved through pretty well considering. Anchors were fine. Seems like several new bolts since the last time I was in there (couple of years).

The road is in pretty good shape all the way down to the lower Orderville TH. Probably not passenger car friendly, but I'd take a Suburu.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2015

Lovely canyon. All anchors in great shape. Some mud (rained a few days ago I think), but not too bad and no water. We like Bluugnome's route and beta. Saw two parties using other beta and they were confused. Hike out Wild Wind Hollow isn't too bad. Some bushwhacking in spots and you definitely want a few GPS waypoints. Trails up WWH look great for a while and then just disappear in thickets of bushes, or divide in confusing ways. Still, pushing upward on paths of least resistance yields success, again with GPS aid.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 18, 2015

Muddy in the canyon after all the rain storms that hit this week, very few pools to have to get wet in. Still lots of fun, all anchors in good shape. Amazing to see how high the flow was through this canyon as several anchors towards the end were debris filled. Exited out Orderville to narrows. We saw at least two logs with runners attached to them that once were anchors for some route...perhaps Englestead?? Amazing how much water blows through these canyons in a good rain storm!

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 12, 2015

No water - not much of a surprise. Canyon was fun. I rated it a 3 for the following: I noticed the some of the bolts on the last two rappels are spinning. One of them on the 2nd to last rappel will wiggle a little when trying to hand tighten it. Anyone one reading this may consider taking a wrench to snug them up. But in the long run replacement of the bolts or use of alternative anchor techniques should be considered.

I would also like to extend a hearty thank you to the troglodyte Joe and company who scrawled their names in the canyon. Nice work - the canyon looks so much better with your graffiti!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 21, 2015

A little ice in the upper section. Virtually no mud in the canyon or on the road.