Last Candition: May 19, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2020

Super dry. The dry Spring has made this usually fun and entertaining waterpark a bit more interesting with some challenging obstacles for newer canyoneers. The usually jump spots are in, but not nearly as deep, so caution and a test rappeller are a must.

There's orange webbing on all but one rappel. It looks disgusting, and feels like it was bought at a hardware store. If someone wants to replace all the webbing with a rust red or black it wouldn't be hard, and would make it much better aesthetically.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2019

Noticed there are two shortcut approaches, but we stuck with the standard. Water level is very high. We all had on wetsuits. When the clouds covered the sun and the wind blew in some of us were chilly in 4/3 wetsuits. Mostly all swimmers. Anchors all in decent shape, mostly bolts except for the first rap. Long fun day!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 8, 2019

Group of 8 including a couple newbies made the trip slow, but easy raps down into full pools (some beached whale action to get out of potholes but nothing tricky). With our group size, should have started earlier as the sun was out of the canyon for the last few pools and made it cold. No wetsuits and it was chilly but not terrible without. Took about 7-8hrs with the long approach

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 25, 2019

Full to the brim. Anchors in good shape. 4/3 wetsuit was perfect.

The shortcut approach was terrible. Difficult to get down in a timely manner because the best route was nearly impossible to see from above as we descended from ledge to ledge. Very dangerous for people unfamiliar with that type of terrain (a girl died trying to get down it in 2017). If we were going to do Eardley again, we would start hiking an hour before dawn and just do the longer approach.

Our car-to-car time was 5h 45m moving at a leisurely pace. We combined Eardley with Zero Gravity for a very fun day.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 30, 2016

Lower Eardley is a real treat on a hot summer day. We camped just shy of the trail head at a previously used site and started the slog at 7 am. We opted for the both shortcut routes, the first avoiding the horseshoe and the second cutting the reef hike in half. As mentioned by other the crux of the shortcut is the very start just below the tree. We expected to downclimb sections but instead found 2 webbing anchors along the way down and this made the descent much easier and faster. The canyon was very full of water which made the potholes just a joy to play in. Somewhere after the second rap in the canyon we encountered a very black and VERY stinky pool that we did not read about on other trip reports. This pool requires a 20ft swim and is just rough on the olfactory systems. Other than that this canyon is a real treasure and SO GREAT on a hot summer day!!! I would have given it a 5 other than the pool of filth...hahaha

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 25, 2015

Ah Eardley, you were showing off today! Too many people give you too little love. You deserve better. All potholes full. We jumped and slid into them with joy. Paradise in August; a grinfest. We used the shortcut route being mentioned in various places. We found it pretty straightforward. The crux was near the top, where there are some sharper dropoffs, but we found one reasonable place for a downclimb, especially if you have a good climber in your group. Exposure is not too bad. Five people with one noob took 1:15 to the shortcut; 2 hours to the bottom of Eardley right before the fun stuff (would be 20-30 minutes down the shortcut from the top if you had done it previously and weren't routefinding). 5 hours TH to TH. Road was OK; Subaru Outback did fine, but I would hesitate to try other kinds of passenger cars.

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

Perfect weather conditions this weekend. Road to TH a little rough in places, so passenger cars may not make it. Found the "short cut" into the canyon by following close to the canyon rim on the way up. A series of cairns led us to the drop, but a little before the actual drop, one cairn seemed to indicate we should go down, however we saw no possibility below so scrambled up a short cliff on the right (4th class) and resumed following cairns to the well-marked descent. Steep & loose. You still end up gaining most of the elevation.

Once in the canyon, we found it very full - water almost all the way and multiple swimmers - some long. No real pothole escape problems because water level so high. All used 3 - 5 mil full type wetsuits. 4 out of 5 of us still got fairly cold.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 17, 2014

Full full full! Good roads. Didn't know about approach shortcut (below): long sketchy approach. Very strenous. Full wetsuits comfortable. ... could get by in a short. 6hrs RT

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

Tip top full. Anchors all set up. Lots of fun. We used a 100 foot rappel for the shortcut route in on the north side of the canyon.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 30, 2014

Water level was tippy top - literally to the brim on most of the potholes. No difficult exits at all.

Other than that pretty much what everyone else said - the climb is rough and the gully is a PITA.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 11, 2014

Took a university class through the canyon. Road is nice to Zero Gravity then gets worse. High clearance recommended although lower can make it if driven carefully.

It took ~8-9 hours to go from TH to TH with a few errors in navigation. The climb up the reef is grueling and navigation to the gully can be difficult. Highly recommend GPS coords for the start of the gully.

Hard to tell the canyon's capacity but definitely not full. Some potholes could be a good three-four feet deeper. All holes were easy exits with only one possibly needing any assist. 5 rappels, some could have been jumped/handlined. All anchors fine. Moving quickly no one got too cold with wetsuits ranging from 3/2 to 7mm. Fun canyon! Bring lots of drinking water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 12, 2013

Road in is becoming more used and navigable. Several work-arounds to get by washouts. Approach gully was not as scree like as in years past (could be the wetter sands) Canyon still has LOTS of water. Anchors in good shape. Wetsuit required. One aromatic pool that will test the olfactory senses.

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 6, 2013

Original road is washed out, but a new use road bypasses it. Steep sandy section from the tamarisk area to the wash. 4x4 required, and doable.

A few poor anchors. Rebuilt a couple. Wetsuit required. Swam through the last 0.5 mile of canyon, all sections very full of cold water. Brrr.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2012

The pothole section was fun, but its a lot of work for such a little reward. Water levels were low, only had one pothole that was hard to get out of and even then it wasn't too bad. The water was chilly without wetsuits and since it clouded up and the temps dropped just as we hit the potholes it wasn't as fun as I expected. All the anchors were in good condition.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 19, 2011

Wet conditions when we went. It rained the entire night before but the area was so dry it absorbed into the ground. Canyon had no flowing water. Most pools were 2-3' lower than the high water marks, but still really deep and very cold. Wetsuits needed as we had 8-10 sections we had to swim through. Otherwise they were waist to chest deep.