Blarney Canyon, North Wash

Last Candition: May 16, 2011

4.4

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.

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

All anchors in excellent condition. Webbing was extended for the second rap and we added a quick link for a courtesy anchor. No water in the canyon. ..was completely dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 11, 2015

East fork is bone dry. I know it's supposed to be the lesser of the two forks, but we had fun. It's short and sweet. Fun down climbs IMHO.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 13, 2015

Went down the West (Left) fork then up the East (Right) fork and back down the East fork. Very nice right now. No water other than a 5 foot section in the Right fork that was easily stemmed over. New webbing at all rappel sites. Expect lots of narrow down climbing with abrasion of packs and pants and you will have a blast!

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 3, 2015

Insane amounts of mud and water

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 14, 2015

Dropped the East fork. Really fun! All the anchors are in place. Some fun down climbs.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 14, 2015

Anchors in good shape. No water. Went down the west fork, up the east and then back down the east again.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 3, 2014

West- bone dry, anchors good. 2:15 with group of 8. Very scenic after the last rap.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2014

Blarney west: all anchors set, no water, really pretty! smooth and fast with two people. I remember one stem being kind of high, but we are beginners.

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

Dry and anchors in good shape

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 21, 2014

Dry, cleaned up excessive webbing.