Blarney Canyon, North Wash

Last Candition: November 21, 2020

4.0

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 21, 2020

Left (West) Fork. Group of 8. 3 hours trailhead to trailhead. No water. All anchors in good shape. The webbing is good and rigged as courtesy anchors.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 18, 2020

Group of 3. 3 hours car-to-car. No water to be found anywhere in the canyon or the exit. All anchors are in good shape with new webbing showing very little to no wear. All anchors are rigged as courtesy anchors extending over the edge and have properly tied knots.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 3, 2020

Left fork. Nice beginner canyon. All rappel anchor intact. No water anywhere. 2 adults, 2 kids. 4 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 7, 2020

Went down Left Fork. Anchors and webbing looked great. No water.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 8, 2020

Went up Right Fork and Down Left. Solid anchors on all of the rappels. Everything but one rappel in left fork was down-climbable. Great conditions and weather.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 27, 2019

Did the "epic" version of Blarney. Bone dry. Anchors all solid. Webbing still in tact as a hand line for the crux climb.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 3, 2019

Just a tiny bit of mud and avoidable water. Didn't get wet at all. Anchors in brand new condition with courtesy rigging.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 9, 2019

Little mud, few avoidable pools. Overall good and casual as usual

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 3, 2019

Canyon wasn't very muddy, and wasn't holding any water

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 29, 2018

East Blarney - A few inches of snow throughout. Downclimbs were a little slick. No water. Anchors in good shape.

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.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 29, 2017

Dry and anchors in great shape. Easy approach and return. The last down climb into the chamber could be a bit tricky for beginners, but my 12 year old did fine.

Beautiful canyon, adventurous. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2017

Fun! Went up East Fork and down West Fork. Less than a half-day.

Tons of mostly short upclimbing in East (except for a long handline upclimb that would have been crappy without it) then tons of downclimbing in West. Downclimbs in West Fork were surprisingly long, which was fun.

Rope stuck on one rappel that went over a chockstone and had to ascend it. Careful rappelling with tension the whole time but not letting it slide into the crack on either side would have avoided it. It's a possible downclimb, but very wide and challenging if done that way, or would require going over and under a boulder (with much effort) to get into the tighter area.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2016

Did Left fork. 100% dry. Only mandatory rappel is the first and it was the only full rigged rappel. There were other rock cairn style anchors in the canyon before some of the down climbs but none rigged with webbing.

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

Totally dry. Went up the east fork and down the west fork. The handline for the upclimb in the east fork was still in place. Climb is doable for mediocre climbers without handline. All anchors in the west fork are in good shape. Loop took 4.5hrs for two people car to car at a very leisurely pace with a 45min delay waiting for the group in front of us. I recommend the loop.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 14, 2016

Totally dry. Went up the east fork and down the west fork. The handline for the upclimb in the east fork was still in place. Climb is doable for mediocre climbers without handline. All anchors in the west fork are in good shape. Loop took 4.5hrs for two people car to car at a very leisurely pace with a 45min delay waiting for the group in front of us. I recommend the loop.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 31, 2015

Left fork. A reasonable amount of fun downclimbing, more than I remembered. No water or mud. The rap into the darkest part was beautiful. It was exactly noon, but a headlamp was helpful. Met a party upclimbing it. The first guy was happy to put a prussik on our rope as he went up. It was a large party. I imagine they were there for a while as the upclimb at that rap is not simple.

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

Both forks have a little bit of water left over from previous storms & some mud. All was avoidable with some extra effort. Most should finish drying/draining off this week.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 23, 2015

A few pools easily avoided, anchors in good shape, but make sure you keep your rope on the right side of the anchor on the last rappel (facing down canyon - it's the 40' one into the dark abyss) or your rope will get stuck like ours and you'll have to have someone climb up through the spiders to clear it. We did encounter two rattlesnakes - one rattling, and one small one that didn't have any rattles yet.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 5, 2015

Several waist deep pools.