Echo

Last Candition: June 27, 2011

4.4

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 15, 2014

Totally full of water. As mentioned in the report before mine, we were spilling water out of potholes as we were hopping in them. Great time, wetsuits a must. Anchor missing at one of the upper drops, though the pothole was full enough to make it low consequence if you sequence people down and have the last person downclimb/jump.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2014

Middle Echo was full and fun. 3 had drysuits and one had lots of neoprene and we were all OK. Anchor is still missing at one early 12-15' drop in the uppermost section and everyone in our group failed to successfully downclimb this without falling, including last man, though it did not result in an injury. If you are going to drop in at the upper entrance, be prepared for this. If I were to do it again, I would just head in at the lower entrance and skip the uppermost part all together. The drop mentioned is the most scenic part of this uppermost portion and the rest of the upper part was mostly short awkward rappels. True middle echo is the best part in my opinion.

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

Completely full of fresh(ish) water. We spilled water out of one pothole and into the next all afternoon. Good, cold fun!

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

Agreeing with the party a day before. We did the Middle Echo and could not find an anchor on the first big drop and looked pretty hard. I was able to dig out a chockstone two downclimbs upstream and throw webbing around it since we had a 60m rop with us to make a handline into the PH. We both were comfy with 3/2 full wetsuits for the many swims. Its a spectacular canyon with many sculpted sections.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 31, 2013

Lots of water, swam through several sections, mostly pretty clean. Few mildly stinky sections and a little debris - one more full than most toward the end. Had wetsuits and were very comfortable. Had difficulty at one long, slick downclimb into 1st big pothole, maybe because we're both short, meat anchored first and assisted second into the water but seemed sketchy - nowhere else to anchor - thinking we missed something somewhere. Anchor possibly washed away in heavy rains or maybe just submerged.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 4, 2013

Full of muddy water. Pothole is full to top. Chain anchor's side bolt is coming out.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 29, 2013

Short trip, maybe 3.5 hours shuttle to shuttle - 2 people. Anchors in good shape. Only one stinky pool. Some water, but only one short swim and most of the pools were chest deep or lower. Wore a 3/2 wetsuit, but wished I hadn't lugged it up there, as I didn't need it. Good partner assist downclimbs and pretty narrows sections. Saw a big horn sheep on the trail right as we popped out of the narrows.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 16, 2013

Started from the very top, the first semi-keeper is only thigh deep, able to get out on own. All the rest of rappels are good condition. The water levels were low, only one short swim, but as always, quite cold. In a 4/3 suit with a vest and very comfortable. Those with gloves were toasty, us without cold, but doable.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 17, 2012

Made our entry from the "middle" route instead of going all the way up to where the trail crosses the main canyon. Encountered water right away. Fair amount of wading and the anticipated cold swims. One pool was just starting to smell rank. Rest were okay. A black sling thrown around a wedged log offers all the help you need to get out of the "semi-keeper" pot hole. Other anchors were okay. This canyon has a lot of photographic potential but you need a tripod for the best parts. One section is very similar to the "cathedral" section of Pine Creek. We found water all the way to the exit. Would not do without a wetsuit and our day was a 90 degree plus day in Springdale.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 18, 2012

Water was fairly clean and not too cold. Our group of four went through with everything from a 3/2 full up to a drysuit and everyone was plenty comfortable. Semi-keeper and logjam could be challenging for some, especially solo. Anchors in good condition but some downclimb webbing could be cleaned up or replaced soon.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 21, 2012

Canyon is full of great clean water. Keeper pothole is totally full and easy to escape without assistance. I brought a 5mm and was glad because that water is very cold. Anchors are in great shape. There are a couple of owls above the awkward log escape, after the keeper pothole. Looks like they live there based on all the poop on the walls, don't forget to look up.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 17, 2012

Pressed for time so dropped in early via the route described by Tom Jones. Lots of clean water thanks to many days of storms, were comfortable in 4/3 wetsuits. Landslide right before first rappel flooded an entire corridor with waist to chest deep water. Anchors passable. Keeper pothole is the toughest to get out of that I've seen it but has webbing in place.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 26, 2012

Just went through yesterday. Echo is in fine shape right now. Plenty of very cold water, so suits are mandatory. No outhouse smell. Anchors in the upper part of the canyon are so-so (so inspect carefully). The rock stack we found at R1 impressed us with its towering height and girth (about 3.5' h x 4' wide) but not with its integrity. Dismantling revealed that the red 1" tubular webbing was held in place mostly by friction. We re-worked the pile well enough to move on, but didn't re-build it for the ages. Always inspect/test/rework ALL anchors before use.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2012

took the wife and father in law. we had wetsuits and they were nice to have. hands got a little cold, but nothing too bad. Looks like someone replaced/backed up all the webbing recently. still has some suspect bolts. fun canyon, great time of year to do it.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 8, 2012

Great canyon - took the kids through it and had a fun time. Used 4/3 full suits, booties and gloves - Do not do the canyon without wetsuits! - There are several swims through very cold water and the one semi-keeper was tough for the kids to escape without help. There is no snow left in the canyon. A couple of bolts are showing significant rust and should be inspected prior to use.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 21, 2011

A few full swims and a good amount of wading. The first rappel ends in a full swim. Cold. We were warm in a 7mm full or 8/5 layered. Potholes were very easy to get in and out of. Anchors were good. The water was clean(ish) and not very smelly compared to what I've heard is the norm. Also used 5mm socks and neo gloves.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2011

Awesome! Water levels still pretty high, with only a couple skanky pools. Several of the pools could be jumped, making it even more fun. Water is COLD! We were all still a little chilled in our full 7 mm wetsuits.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 2, 2011

After the previous day's Keyhole, the water in Echo was refreshingly clear and clean. Relatively low water, with just one swim. "Keeper" was the most keeper-esque I've seen, but still not a keeper.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 13, 2011

1st time through for the entire group of 5, for 3 it was their 1st canyon! Fun times. Water was lower than expected. 1st big pothole was bone dry. 2nd half of canyon (2 semi-keepers) held quite a bit of COLD water. Only 1 swimmer (in which my camera was sacrificed). No skanky pools. Only 1 smelled a bit but was only waist deep. Found half of a dead rodent of sorts in 1 pool.

A great time had by all!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 10, 2011

Upper half of canyon had some fun downclimbs/rappels with nicely built natural anchors--even a good looking bollard!

We were very glad to have wetsuits in the second half. The one semi-keeper pothole has a nice log jammed in it which can be climbed up, it is even easier to clamber out using the webbing tied to the log.