Blue John Canyon

Last Candition: March 25, 2012


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

Down Little Blue John Up West Fork, all dry anchors good. Up climbs on the West are more fun than expected.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2019

Did Little Blue John, 3.5 hrs car to car for two people. Anchor webbing/static line in good condition. Totally dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2019

Did Main to West Fork. No water. All webbing is in good shape if you want to set a hand line for down climbs.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 27, 2018

Little Blue John - bone dry

Main - some mud

East Fork - chest deep wading

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2017

Two friends and I descended the main fork of Bluejohn and exited shortly below the junction with the Little West Fork. We rappelled in three places using existing anchors which were all in okay shape. There were a couple of muddy spots, one of which was unavoidable. The pool above the rockfall was just over knee-deep with plenty of mud on the bottom, and we had to walk through about 100' of it.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 29, 2016

Rockslide in Main Fork:

See link for more details. Looks to be about thigh deep after a rainstorm for a hundred+ feet.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 12, 2016

No water whatsoever in main or lower forks.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 12, 2015

Blue John E. Fork: Not technically difficult, but incredibly long, sustained, deep, narrows. Quite beautiful. The rappel has a fixed line in place with knots, so we never even put on a harness. Lots of knee deep wading in the hallways, with some wading to waist deep. Got a bit chilly after a while and were happy when we got out to sunshine. Elected not to upclimb the Main fork because of the mud, so did the main exit. It's a slog without a car shuttle.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2015

Went down Little Blue John, explored the main narrows, and did the main exit. In Little Blue John we replaced the aging webbing at the first rappel. A second downclimb/rappel has slings around two chockstones. We found the larger knife-blade chockstone hanging by its webbing loop below the rapid link in the crack. At least a half-dozen parties had probably descended with this obvious threat hanging over their heads. We hoisted it back up into position on top of the smaller one. The narrows in the main fork were quite muddy with some shallow wading. We turned around at the rappel because we didn't fancy climbing the offwidth in its current state with muddy feet. We went up the west fork but the rock at the top was very dirty and rotten, and the exposure is serious. We backed off and did the main exit after a large hold broke off on us.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 19, 2015

Went down Main and up West fork. Both totally dry.

Fixed log anchor in good condition at rap into Main. There was also a fixed knife blade piton with a sling at the last down climb. We rapped the first drop, but it would have been easier and pleasanter to down climb and down climbed all the subsequent drops, including the last.

Approached cross-country from the alternate parking and were very happy to skip the extra 3 miles of road walking at the end of the day!

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

Great weather, canyon was dry, had a little mud in the main drainage. Did the Main Fork through down to the rappel and hiked out past the Grand Gallery. Great canyon, bolts are still good on the last rappel. Webbing needs to be replaced soon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 18, 2015

Squeeze/East Fork - Water to thigh deep. Wetsuits not needed. Neoprene socks not needed. Overall very good conditions.

Note - the Squeeze Fork crux is no joke. It is a solid 'R'. Like middle lep but much higher off the deck. Even the highly skilled should consider a headlamp. This will assist in judging when you should descend to ground level.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2014

Did the West fork through the Ralston narrows and out Horseshoe Canyon. If I could do it again I'd do a different fork besides the West.

In the Ralston narrows were a couple of waist deep pools. The rappel had new webbing. The hike temperature was perfect. Great time to be in there. Don't miss the petroglyphs - they are the best part of this hike.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 4, 2014

Went down little blue john and up the main fork. No water...a few slicks spots...we did not climb out of main fork. Backtracked walked out....anchors r in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 18, 2014

East fork--WET. Wading to knee and once to waist in potholes and ankle wading in narrows. Wading chest deep in long narrow just after junction with east squeeze.

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

Upper is dry, lower has one easy to avoid pool that will be dry soon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 29, 2014

Did the full canyon down the Main Fork through Horseshoe. Great canyon. There were a couple easily avoidable puddles of water in the final slot. There was an anchor at the beginning of the slot which is nice for a handline down the first couple feet to a good DC stance. The entire canyon is DC'able except for the final rap. Shame rope grooves exist from folks not enjoying the downclimbs.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 22, 2014

Main Fork is bone-dry, webbing at the first drop, but the canyon is, as always, easy to downclimb without rappels.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 10, 2013

We went down Little Bluejohn and up the main fork. Navigation into Little didn't go perfectly, but we got there without too much delay. Going up main was a lot of work for some members. No water, and all anchors were acceptable.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 1, 2013

Canyon was great! Nothing surprising and conditions were ideal.

We took the Aaron Ralston route... main fork to the 70' dry fall rappel exit and then out Horseshoe Canyon.