Birch Hollow

Last Candition: June 9, 2011

4.4

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.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 28, 2014

Canyon is dry with the exception of a couple mud patches that are easily avoidable. All anchors in excellent condition. We shuttled a couple 4WDs to the bottom parking, which made the exit much better, especially exiting at 1pm in 100+ temps. A couple guided groups followed us, but we never heard them. There was a large group preparing to go down when we finished, but we were glad to be out then as they were pre-hydrating with what is generally more acceptable as post-canyon hydration.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2014

The canyon was 100% dry. Everything looked good.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2014

100% dry

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 7, 2013

Minor mud and small pools, but otherwise dry. Weather was on the cool side, but mitigated by layers. Group of 5, all first-timers to Birch, 1 first-time ever noob, took 6 hours from car to Orderville. We did all rappels including the first loose-rock dryfall so as to avoid adding to the erosive trail LDC. Orderville was flowing with lots of ice. Very beautiful. We took the Wild Wind Hollow exit. Very slippery mudflow to start. Would be impassable with even a little rain. Even with GPS it was tough to follow and we clocked out at 1:45 to get back to the car. Beautiful raps, great trip. Will definitely return!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 2, 2013

some mud and small pools but otherwise fairly dry. There are icicle's on a couple raps and orderville was frozen over. We did the wild west exit, there is a much more defined trail now. 1:15 from Birch back to the car with almost no bushwacking

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 23, 2013

Canyon was completely dry...not even any mud at the bottom of the 100' rap. Lots of deep dust on the hill to the upper corral.

Somebody has placed double rapides in most of the anchor rigging. Be sure that you rig the pull side of your rope in such a way that the second rapide doesn't pinch the rope during your pull. If you can, eliminate the extra rapide.

Also, be on the lookout for LARGE rapides. Somebody is placing rated rapides that are almost big enough for a small biner like an attaché to slide through if used as a block. Replace these if you can.