Cottonwood Wash

Last Candition: May 27, 2012


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 9, 2019

The approach to this canyon is mostly in a wash, after which you encounter a longer than expected walk along the canyon that is really beautiful. It was wet and really deep in some places, even for the 6 footers in our group. I really liked it but it was SO cold! Bring a lunch and sunscreen. Oh, and beware of the second to last rappel - we almost got our rope stuck!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 6, 2018

Fun day but not nearly enough water to justify the full wetsuit. Pools are short and deep enough that in warm weather wetsuits are not needed.

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

Cottonwood Wash currently has one guaranteed swimmer and several wades. The only anchor we used was in good condition.

I wore a 4/3 wetsuit and overheated on this 75 degree day. Between each wet section is a long hiking section that gives you ample time to warm up. If I had to do this day over, I would have left the wetsuit in the truck.

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

Park rangers didn't seem real happy we were going to attempt this with our late start but we did it anyhow. Set up time one way is 1:45. So 3.5 hours total set up & retrieval time. Wash was drivable but slow & rough for 4WD with high clearance. Plenty of water in the canyon with some brief swimmers. Wetsuits required. Second rap is presently anchored by a sling around a small ckockstone wedged in a crack. Not very pretty but it worked. Other rap stations okay. 7. 5 hours for group of 4 trailhead to trailhead. Then add setup time on. Long day for short light. This relentless canyon keeps on giving & scenically, very impressive.

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

Flashed when we were about 40% through the canyon. It was the only canyon around to flow. We waited it out on high grounds and then got a fantastic experience figuring out rappels and downclimbs from then on with a lot of flowing water. All anchors were in good shape.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2013

Did the shuttle, although the road past the pleasant creek crossing is in much worse shape than 2 months ago.

Replaced webbing on one anchor. Water up to knee deep except one big pool section that was a swimmer.

Very pretty canyon,with some narrow sections (but easily passable). Would rank it better than the others right next door.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2012

STANK!!! Hoping for wetter conditions we did the full cottonwood with a shuttle. The rough crossing at pleasant creek was too rough for a subaru. the hike in was pleasant, we chose the more northerly tributary/notch to pass over the top of the reef, which was a little brusy. This is a fun way to see the whole canyon, though there is a good bit of open canyon walking before the technical portion. All the rappels had existing webbing and rapides, though we replaced some of the older looking webbing. Most of the canyon was bone dry. There were about 10 poholes of wet slot sections that are possible to stem or maewest over with some effort, otherwise no swimmers, just nasty, smelly pothole water to wade through.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2012

Completely dry except for one very easily skirtable pool. Anchors in good condition. Deadman at final rap is in good condition.