Last Candition: July 27, 2017


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.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2016

Always a fun little canyon. Water levels were low with no swimming at the end of canyon. Ranked 4 out of 5 due to lower than average water levels

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 1, 2016

Middle and lower sections were all topped off. Clean water from the rains from the previous rains. Deepest section was chest deep. "flooded hallway" section was about 20feet in length. 3mm wetsuits were "good". Anchors in good shape. 1hr 20mins for a group of 6 (5 noobs, including my 68yr-old mother :) ).

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 5, 2016

After a week of rains, as full as I've ever seen it with lovely water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 25, 2016

4 out of 5 because the water is kinda skanky. No swimming, great time.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 19, 2016

All pools were waist/chest deep except the one at the last rappel which was a swimming disconnect. They were also very cold (57F on my watch) and getting a bit skanky. The flooded hallway is still full of sand and no swimming :( All anchors in great condition. Love this little gem of a canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 7, 2016

Rains the previous weekend filled it up; floating disconnect at first rap. Wonderful little canyon, as always.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 29, 2016

Echoing the last post. Blue-gray stink water. Also the last pool was teeming w 100+ tadpoles. You can climb out before this! Good times. Note - time to replace quicklink at 2nd rap. I did not have one. Also might take a wrench the last rap has an old QL that could be removed. There is a new one next to it.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 26, 2016

It was my third time through, with the lowest water level I've seen yet. There were no swims, some of the pools were blackish grey from decay and very stinky and sulfuric scented. As always it was a fun little time. There are lots of tadpoles in the last pool in the sun.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 19, 2016

Great intro for noobs we had with us. Water was low. No swimming at all, couple of chest deep wades. Water was cold, wetsuits if you want, we didn't but it definitely persuaded us to suit up before we dropped into pine Creek. Some of the water is starting stink. Lots of fun!!!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 7, 2016

Water level low, still have 1 short swim, other areas up to my chest (6'). Starting to smell, but always a fun canyon. The log collection from the last flash has added some fun.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2016

What an awesome little canyon!!!! There was a lot of water in the canyon but mostly knee deep. After Rap 1 I had to swim and that was it. All anchors appeared to be in great shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 19, 2016

Water was freezing!!! Two of the four of us had shorty wetsuits that were relatively thin. The other two had thicker rental wetsuits. It was definitely freezing cold although it wasn't much of a problem since that was the only Canyon we were doing that day.

I had a log fall on me while I was trying to climb underneath it. I am a big guy so bench pressing it while I tried to figure out what to do wasn't too much of a problem. It was lucky it didn't happen to one of the smaller members of our group.

All bolts and otherwise were in good condition. There was no ice or snow in the canyon. Just cold. Lots and lots of it.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2015

Awesome as usual. Water clean and coldish but not too bad. Water in upper-Keyhole was typically waist-deep. Went through on a 75-degree fall day and used farmer john style wetsuits in lower-Keyhole with no problem. Group of 4 with experience, moving quickly. The guy behind us had a water thermometer and said the water temp was 57 degrees.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 7, 2015

Super fun! The canyon actually had very slight flow going through it (maybe 1 CFM? Probably less) and was completely filled with water--expect wading/swimming the entire length. Definitely bring the wetsuit, although it was not horribly cold.

Very clean water, very pleasant, very fun when full.

The only reason I rate a 4 is fixed gear in the canyon: some of the quick links are looking worn, and there are only single-bolt anchors (i.e. no backup) for most of the raps, some of which are visibly corroding. That's an accident waiting to happen, especially considering the traffic keyhole sees. If I go through it again, I'll bring fresh quick links, but the NPS really ought to place a backup bolt for these raps.