Last Candition: September 8, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 4, 2018

Dam releasing at 3 cfs. Tiny trickle at Rap 1 and then flow increases to 1-2 garden hose strength from Rap 3 through the end of the main technical section. At this flow the technical section is easy and very pleasant. All anchors in good condition.

Kolob is warmer right now compared to historical trip reports. On a 102° day in Springdale, my partner was comfortable in a 5mm fullsuit and I was a little too warm in my 5mm + 2mm shortie. I wish I'd left the shortie at home. We both wore neo socks and gloves, which I'd recommend.

We hiked in the suits until Oak Creek (tops pulled down) but wish we'd taken them off. In the last ~0.3 miles before the confluence there were 2 swims and 2 deep wades. Water there is cold, but swims were short and you could walk briskly to warm up. 1 swim and 1 deep wade between Oak Creek and the MIA, but the water was warmer and felt good with no suits on.

There's a new cairn marking the MIA. Hike out still sucks.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 23, 2018

Water district said flow out of reservoir was 3cfs, but no flow in the canyon. Pools were full, but no waterfalls. Still beautiful and cold! Pool after 165' rap was full of logs and we had fun boating around on them for awhile.

Wore 4/3 full with a 3/2 farmer john on top and double neoprene socks. Felt good! Cairn marking start of MIA is missing, but a large fire pit was made across the river that marks about the start (we told rangers about the poor LNT so no saying how long it stays there). Great canyon!

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

The approach pre-soaked us from all the wet vegetation.

Water flow was a strong stream, ~3 CFS. Heavy rains the night before created a good, warm flow. 5mm wet suits were perfect. Water was murky due to all the runoff. Party of 5 ~14 hours, with lots of breaks and a long lunch at the waterfall post exit. Get your water there.

Some anchors double rigged poorly which we fixed. Some can be avoided, once you test the water depth...

Absolutely amazing canyon when it has flow! The price you pay is the long exit. Be careful navigating the rocks. Gets better after Oak Creek.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 15, 2015

Great trip! 12hrs for 3 (45min lunch at the 400' waterfall and many breaks for pics and snacks). Water District is not releasing water due to "higher than normal flow". At the bridge - it looked about 2-3cfs. The creek to the 1st rap was probably 1 garden hose strength. The pools were clear and clean. Loose hangers and bolts for 2 of the raps (don't remember which sorry). About 3 1/2 hours for the tech section. After the 400' waterfall, flows increases significantly until the "rock narrows". After which, stagnant but clear pools. Oak Creek creates significant flow and is awesome. This section until the MIA exit is worth it by itself (the true essence of Zion). MIA exit is marked by two large cairn piles. Took us 1:05mins to reach the top. We followed Tom's beta (canyoneeringUSA) instead of Shane's (Climb-Utah) for the exit and Tom has you come across the pipe spring (very cold freshing water) and shaves off nearly an extra mile of road walking!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2015

Beautiful day through Kolob. Just enough flowing water for atmospherics but not much of a factor to deal with. Estimating 1/2 cfs or less. Fresh water in all the pot holes. No issues with keepers. Bolts were generally very good. One or two of the lower bolts will eventually need replacement. The hangers on some have been bent by debris but not to prevent the replacement of sling. Water temperature was comfortable in 5 mm neoprene (YMMV). Water much colder in the Kolob creek swims (of course without wetsuits). MIA trail-what can one say?

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 22, 2014

Flow!!! I'm bad at estimating but it was more than a trickle through the whole canyon. Pools were clear and cold. Great conditions!!!! Fyi: the nps has closed the road leading down to the west rim trail about 0.5 miles back. No clue why. The road isn't damaged. Party of 2: 8.5hrs TH to TH.

No webbing at the first rappel: we fiddled off a likely tree. Anchors in good shape.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 12, 2014

Encountered flow in upper drainage - about 0.5 cfs - through the technical section. All anchors/webbing was in good shape. Flow dried up after technical section and hiking was muddy and slick down to waterfall. Intermittent flow down to Oak Creek, then flow all the way to MIA. MIA is very well marked and easy to follow based on summer usage.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 9, 2014

No water flow in the canyon even though 3fs was being released from the lake. Still took wetsuits for the pools and swims

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 19, 2014

Washington County said 3 cfs. No flow through the technical section, pools were about 1/2 full. After the waterfall there was significant flow, but it dried up shortly before the MIA exit. Anchors in good shape. Ran into a rattler shortly after the technical section which had had its rattle smashed off. Beware folks there's one down there that can't warn you. Great day.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 28, 2014

Stated 3 CFS but there was really nothing - slight trickle started about halfway through probably from springs. Pools were very full of clean and cold water. Felt a bit cold in 3mm wetsuits, members of our team with 5mm wetsuits weren't cold at all. Water temp estimated mid-40's.

Anchors in good condition - some webbing looking a tad old. Hiked out via MIA exit - always a BEAST!!!!!

Only thing that could have made it better would be a couple of CFS in the technical portion.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 13, 2013

Hiked down to 1st rap and did not do canyon, estimating cfs in 10-15 range. We had a pretty good idea it was a no go when we crossed the river because it looked more like a canal than an irrigation ditch. Disappointed, but not dead.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 10, 2013

Water district stated 3 CFS, but it is a trickle, perhaps 0.1 CFS.

We all wore 7mm wetsuits and were very comfortable through the technical section. However, wearing our suits for the rest of the hike was brutal. We peeled the wetsuits down to our waists until the MIA and were very uncomfortable.

Separate wetsuit top & bottom combo highly recommended.

There is a bee nest inside of a log just past the 400 ft waterfall/spring. Steer clear, those bees will chase and attack you. We also saw two rattlesnakes in that section.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 13, 2013

There was decent flow at the bridge but only a trickle at the first rappel. Our first time through and we still enjoyed it despite the low flow. We got a late start (845), hit the junction with the Virgin at around 830 and didn't hit campsite 11 in the Virgin narrows until a bit after dark. Definitely a long hike, but we weren't moving quickly either.

The four in our group used from 3/2 up to 7mm (thrift store special) and no one got cold (though some were a bit too toasty). Left the suit bottoms on after the main technical section but removed harnesses. The creek dried up about halfway between the main technical and the Virgin and we didn't have pumpable water until the Virgin. A dead dear/sheep a bit before it dried up (I didn't hang around to examine) also discouraged pumping.

We replaced one bit of webbing while diving for some dropped gear but the rest looked fine. Did get rattled at on the slog.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 5, 2013

1/2 CFS flow. We had 5mm wetsuits and were never cold. Perfect weather, perfect canyon. Very hard to find trail leading to 1st rappel - bushwacked a lot. Make sure to have exact GPS coordinates of 1st rappel into canyon. Don't make the mistake of going down into Boundary (lots of groups do this). The potholes were full, fun, flowing, frolicky. Exited out MIA which was .... well, you know.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 27, 2013

First time through. Claimed to be releasing 3cfs from the dam. At the bridge it was a trickle, but in the canyon water was flowing pretty much all the way to MIA. Anchors in pretty good shape. Replaced one piece of webbing on a small chockstone. Smaller, but fun waterfall raps. Some pools you could stand up in to disconnect, but some were floaters.

Wore 3/2 wetsuit and gloves through the technical section and only got chilled a bit. Took off wetsuit and swam the late pool and it felt great. Temp that day was 107 in Springdale.

Had low expectations of MIA and it didn't disappoint :) We took our sweet time in the canyon to hit late afternoon shade for MIA. Started up at 5:30 pm and pretty much hit shade the whole way, which made a huge difference. Helpful to have a topo map on the roads portion of the hike back to the car. Car to car in 11.5 hours, 2 people.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 5, 2012

Zero release from the dam, and less than 1/2 cfs flowing through the canyon. Water clean and cold in the technical part. Wore dry suits with polypro underneath and neo socks and gloves. Core was warm, but hands and feet were still cold. After the technical part there are several dry sections with lots of trout trapped in diminishing pools. MIA trail is still grueling, but easier to follow than it used to be.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 30, 2012

~1 CFS, just a slow stream always coming down. Full of water in all the sections. Swimmers and dry conditions just before Oak and after (sporadic - so always a challenge to know when to take off the wet suit). 7mm with hoodie/helmet was perfect, stayed warm in the very cold water...11 hours total including some good lunch breaks, first time through. Webbing and anchors in great shape, although there is a rusty rapid that may need replacing soon.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 7, 2012

Long hard exit hike!!! Still a very good canyon. The dam said they were releasing 3 CFS that day but there was barely a trickle going through the canyon, I guess it all dried up before getting there. I was plenty warm in a 7mm wetsuit since thats all i own, but the rest of the group did fine in 4/3's. All the webbing was in good condition.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 8, 2011

Zero release from the Dam = 1/2 cfs in the canyon. Water clean and coldish, 4/3 wetsuit with booster was good for most. 11 hours car to car. Anchors good, some could use new webbing. Lack of flow makes it less fun, but... It is STILL a LONG WAY from the last rap to the MIA and out!!!