Keyhole

Last Candition: August 17, 2019

5.0

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 17, 2019

All anchors and webbing are in good order. Noticed, after climbing down, a couple of chockstones were slinged to assist in the down climb. The stinky pothole is still stinky. There is water in the canyon, waist to chest deep in places.

Keyhole is never at the top of my to do list but each time I go through it, the canyon never ceases to surprise me. It's the perfect canyon for newbies. It has a little bit of everything: stemming, downclimbing, water and of course very short rappels. The two short slots are very scenic and picturesque.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 15, 2019

Two novices started about 0800. Had the place all to ourselves. There was a lot less water than expected. No real swimming. We wore 1.5 ml wetsuits and were quite comfy. It was super fun and done in an hour and a half!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 28, 2019

Awesome short canyon! Couple of swims. Easy rappels. Water still chilly. 3mm wetsuits kept me warm. 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 hours.

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

Very wet and very fun. Wetsuits are a must.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 31, 2019

About as wet as it gets. Light flow in parts of the canyon.

Lots of water all the way through, from start to finish.

A few very short swims. Water is very cold; wetsuit & drybags absolutely required.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 1, 2019

Keyhole was flowing with a few cfs. Only swim was pothole at the base of the first rappel. Water on the far side was knee deep. Beautiful ice on the walls.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 30, 2018

Mostly dry. It was chest deep in one spot, the pothole just before the 2nd rappel. Long hallway was less than waist deep. Group of 5, with 3 beginners, took about 2 hours from car to car. 4 out of 5 didn't wear wetsuits and were fine.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 25, 2018

Did it during the late evening. The shadows were interesting and it was nice. Saw a bat flying around. Cold. Full of water.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 25, 2018

Still very full given storms this past week. All anchors in good shape, we were glad to have wetsuits.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 14, 2018

After recent rains, the fullest I've ever seen it. The first section before the raps was mostly flooded. Lots of fun! Rainwater so warm that I didn't use a wetsuit, but everyone else did. I run warm and it felt great.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 19, 2018

No swimmers, some waist/chest deep areas. Lots of frogs. Did the canyon at 1700, didn't see a soul. Saw a family of bighorn sheep at entrance. Took 3 newbs through, they liked it a lot as their first Zion Canyon.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 21, 2018

Average amount of water. Cold as usual. 3 people, we did it late in the day.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 7, 2017

Average water levels. Fun as always. Had a large group of 11, including a couple of kids and other newbies. Sequencing was key and we finished in a little over 90 minutes car to car. 9:30 am start at about 55 degrees. Most were fine in 3 mm wetsuits; kids got very cold.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 2, 2017

Mostly empty, but not stinky yet. Almost warm enough to do without a wetsuit. A 3/2 would have been enough.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 27, 2017

2 people 45 minutes. Pools were full from recent rains. We heard Keyhole is fun at night so we cruised through it at 8:45p. It was surprising fun! Wore a shorty but would have been comfortable without a wetsuit. 2 people 45 minutes.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 20, 2017

Despite recent rains, it is drrrrryyyyy. One pool was waist deep, everything else below knee. All anchors are fine; only did 3 repels and downclimbed the rest with one hand line where 4th repel should be. Lots of tadpoles in very last pool. 2 people an hour car to car with a large group passed in the middle.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2017

Anchors were great. Water was very low. Our group took a couple trips over a couple days with various amounts of neoprene. Unless you are very slow or with kids wetsuits are overkill.

Took us 2 hrs with group of 6 (3 kids ages 4-7), 1.5 hrs with group of 6 inexperienced adults.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 17, 2017

Water level was way low. Water in holes was pretty disgusting at some parts. Water wasn't too cold, 3/2 was more than enough.

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

Small flow into canyon at first rap. Full cold water 4/3 full with vest was just right.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 12, 2016

Keyhole is chilly these days but we were okay in 4/3mm and 3mm full suits. Would've definitely been much happier with neoprene socks - water was cold!! Three spots were chest-deep and most of the long hallway was about waist deep. We were a large group of mostly beginners and took 2.5 hours from car to car.