Hogwarts

Last Candition: March 23, 2012

4.4

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2020

Fun short canyon. Trailhead parking is closed until June 15 for construction, but we parked on the side of the road near the exit. One pothole with water that can be avoided by stemming or rappel anchor slung higher up on right side LDC. The webbing on the first big rappel is slung around a boulder on the right side LDC. The webbing has really worn a deep groove into the sandstone b/c an overhand knot was used to hold the rapide in place (presumably because just tying the webbing as a sling and allowing the rapide to move freely would make retrieval of the rapide for set up more difficult). With the rapide secured by an overhand knot, the webbing slides (and abrades) around the rock as each person down climbs into the rappel. Maybe tying the webbing as a sling without the overhand and allowing the rapide to move freely along the sling without causing the sling to abrade the rock would be a solution to preventing further damage? See canyon collective for a discussion thread on this.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2020

The little water present in the canyon was all avoidable. All anchors and webbing were in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 14, 2020

All webbing in good shape and looks recently placed. There is water in a few spots but nothing more than shin-deep and most can be avoided with a little effort. The anchor dropping into the cathedral is a pinch anchor--not my favorite but it held strong for a guided rappel. Last rap has a long piece of webbing rigged as a courtesy anchor slung off a very large rock. Anchor held solidly and the webbing did not have any abrasion along its length yet, but I would advise carrying 50+ feet of webbing in case you have to replace this anchor.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 8, 2020

All webbing was in good shape on anchors. Very little water in the canyon. We were able to walk around it all easily. Really fun canyon. Keeper pothole maybe had a few inches of water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 29, 2020

Same as last report on February 21st

Last rappel looks sketchy especially with all the tiny rocks piled on top that could potentially fall

Should be replaced soon maybe with a dead man in the potholes or on the left side Down canyon above the potholes

Make sure if you have to replace it you don’t make the rappel longer then 100 ft.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 21, 2020

Great conditions. R1: Great/New. R2: Good but should be replaced in a month or so (15’). R4: Table cairn anchor wasn’t looking great. Webbing was solid, but the anchor looks like it may have slid forward a bit recently. Not a great anchor and an alternative should be reconsidered (Possible hueco above to fiddlestick?).

No water. This will likely change with upcoming rain.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 3, 2019

Avoidable water at bottom of first rappel, the silo/pothole crossing had about 2 feet of water in it, which made falling in risky. There was an anchor in place to rappel around the back of the pothole to avoid the "hazard".

Overall in great condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 2, 2019

A short and steep approach with beautiful views easy navigation. Canyon was dry enough to avoid all water. Anchors in good shape. FUN, FUN, FUN. Group of 4 gentle pace 2.5 hours. Great place to practice basic skills.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 29, 2018

The approach had an insignificant amount of snow. No snow was in the canyon. There was a small amount of water in the keeper pothole. All water was avoidable. Anchors were in good shape.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 18, 2018

Dry, dry, dry.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2018

Did this around 5 PM. So many mosquitoes and biting gnats! Many large classes and other people doing this one while we were in North Wash.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 19, 2017

Very scenic. Heavily traveled, so no real mysteries or challenges at all. All anchors in great shape. No water. Fun and short.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 23, 2017

Water level in pothole was very low. (Not exactly sure how deep since none of us went in... maybe knee deep?) No other water. Anchors were in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 25, 2017

A little avoidable water, anchors good.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 22, 2016

There were VERY heavy rains on Monday, the 21st, I saw several flash floods rushing through washes in the the area. However, the amount of water deposited in Hogwarts wasn't as horrific as I thought it would be. I was able to help my partner avoid almost all water by guiding his rappels, except the puddle after the arch he had to take off shoes and roll up his pants, but I got wet. I'm sure if you fell in the KPH you would swim, but I found the stem easy. If you can stem that, you will only get wet up to half way up your shins in the rest of the canyon. There is a dead skunk after first rappel, smelly. Webbing all looks fresh and new, third anchor threaded through mini rock arch seems a like it could be safer, that arch is pretty frail looking. Great canyon, lots of fun. Approach has some scrambling and climbing that is more exposed than our beta had us believe, be careful with kids.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 22, 2016

Lovely canyon. Big group of 10 with newbies about 3.5 hours car to car. Pothole dry. The first anchor has some exposure. A PA or the help of someone with a PA is a good idea. Webbing was missing for the last rappel. I rigged the large sandstone slab RDC of the watercourse. Seems pretty solid. The other obvious choice was the chockstone in the watercourse right before the last pothole.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2016

This is a canyon with some view! A nice break from the skinnies! All anchors in place and in good shape. The semi keeper pothole was dry. Great place to practice releasable anchor skills!

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

We did Hogwarts on Halloween. How cool is that?! It was a great canyon. Anchors in reasonably good shape. My daughter tried stemming low on the pothole and fell in. It was a swimmer. Stemming high over it is fairly easy. Fishing her out was fairly easy.

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

Pool of water at base of first big rap was avoidable with a little sidestep - but your rope may get wet. 3 small potholes of water below the big arch may again wet your rope but avoidable. Semi-keeper had water but we avoided by stemming over. Final rap - we reset two slings coming off the large flat stone above to equalize better.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 22, 2015

Fun rappels and a little down climbing. We were able to avoid all of the water.