Last Candition: October 8, 2011


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

Did West Baker only. Water was very low, didn't require any swimming or wetsuits. There was one very tight spot that many canyoneers will have to stem over.

Most drops had good anchors. We built a cairn at one drop (there may have been a bolt that we missed). The bolts at the final drop had loose hangers, which was a bit worrying but they seemed usable for now.

Overall the canyon was enjoyable and scenic, but the long approach and exit make it less worthwhile than some of the other canyons in the area.

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

Camped 1 mile upstream of the mouth of Baker Canyon.

East Baker - Dropped in above the standard entrance. Took a group of four 7 or 8 hours at a leisurely pace. Moderately full, wetsuits highly recommended. Bolts are old and don't inspire confidence.

West Baker - Took a group of four about 4 or 5 hours at a leisurely pace. Moderately full, wetsuits highly recommended. Bolts are newer and in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 14, 2016

1st time through West Baker. Lots of water. Replaced some webbing on a few anchors, but otherwise they are in good shape. Most of our group had shorty wet suits and stayed reasonably warm. A full 3/2 would have been better. Used the alternative approach from Ringtail and we figure it saved us at least 1.5 hours of hiking.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 9, 2015

West Baker...Full of fresh new water. Super fun canyon, lots of swims. All rap stations solid except the last rap as noted in previous post. The spinner needs to be replaced and webbing in the next few months. Hike back to Ringtail is a slog. 4/3 wetsuit and 5mm booties perfect all day.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2015

Descended West Baker with full wetsuits. Lots of splashing and swimming. Water was down quite a ways from maximum, but it rained in the days following our descent. Anchors were all in descent shape, though the two bolts for the final rappel are pretty old and small, and one is a spinner. The webbing for the last rappel was still in good shape, but keep an eye on it as it gets some abrasion across the rock when weighted.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 20, 2015

We descended West Baker. Water levels down a foot or two from where they could be. Wetsuits used, appreciated and seemed necessary.

All anchors we used seemed to be in good shape.

Took about 10 hrs from the bottom of Neon round trip for our mixed group of 6, though we took a slickrock approach WELL before reaching the baker/escalante confluence.

Escalante river was crystal clear and the road in was passable for any 4x4 (an outback would make it to Egypt 2 trailhead without a problem).

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2014

We did only the West Fork. Awesome canyon. All members of our group used full 4/3 wetsuits and considered them mandatory. Lots of short but cold swims & wading. Anchors were all ok. Webbing on last rappel is rubbing on an edge. Check it carefully.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 15, 2014

We did east baker and the canyon itself was awesome, I would give it a 5, but the approach is such a pain that I think it deserves a 3. There was a fair bit of water in this canyon, we did a lot of wading and even a little swimming. The bolts were in good condition. I wore just a 4/3 and my buddy wore the same with a 5/3 vest on top and we stayed plenty warm due to the strenuous nature of the canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 6, 2013

West Baker: Easy conditions, very low water.

Most hangers were spinners - these will grind through the bolts. We did not have a wrench to check them out or tighten.

Too many trails through the crypto - please care and become more aware!! Many could have just as easily been walked on slickrock. Why do people thoughtlessly/clumsily walk through where they will leave ugly footprints? Some *&>@%! actually took a dump and left toilet paper in the room after the 4th rappel. What is wrong with people?

What a fantastically beautiful canyon!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 26, 2013

We did East and West Baker this weekend. Both Baker canyons are mostly dry with only a few knee deep pools after the confluence. No wetsuits needed. The bolted anchors appear to have been improved with new bolts. All anchors are in good condition including the deadman in East Baker. The canyons were beautiful and fun but we wish that they had more water.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2011

We did East and West Baker this past weekend. They are both very full of water. Wetsuits are recommended. All of the bolted anchors are still there. There are a couple of deadman anchors that have been built and are still functioning. Both of the canyons were really fun and are in perfect condition. East is definitely slightly challenging because of the Mae West sections.