Leprechaun Canyon, North Wash

Last Candition: June 3, 2011


3 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 21, 2020

Right (East) Fork. Group of 8. 2.5 hours top to bottom (this does not count time shuttling and recoverin vehicles from the upper trailhead.) One small pot hole has water but it is easily stemmed over. Anchors in ok shape. The webbing is good but anchors should be rebuilt as courtesy anchors in some instances. And the first anchor is slung off a large boulder and others piled on. It looks like a cairn anchor but it isn't properly tied. Enough weigh is on it that it holds though.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 17, 2020

Middle Fork:

Group of 8. Car shuttled to the upper trailhead. 5 hours top to bottom. No water anywhere in the canyon or the exit. The anchor on the first nuisance drop (that we down climbed) is a rat's nest of webbing and should be cleaned up if it is to be used. Anchor on the first true rappel was in decent shape. No anchor on the 2nd true rappel, but we did a meat anchor and the last person downclimbed in that spot.

Left (West) Fork:

Group of 5. Car shuttled to the top. 3.5 hours top to bottom. No water. Did not unbury the anchors to fully check, but visible webbing is in good shape. The webbing on the first anchor is just starting to sun fade, however. Anchors properly rigged to extend over the edge to minimize rope groves.

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

Did the right fork (E) followed by left fork (W). Both completely dry. Doing the double in a single day is almost as abrasive and physical as the middle fork. Amazingly enough, we didn't see a soul except for tourists hiking into the exit

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 29, 2020

Middle fork. Party of 4, took 4 hours. Largest member was 6'1" and 180lbs and was able to squeeze through the tightest spots. All webbing in good condition. Approached from the west spur. Someone built a cairn anchor in the west spur, which we used (which is before "Rap 1" described in most betas (which is a pot-hole deadmans anchor)). We all downclimbed "Rap 3" (which would have been Rap 4 for us). Few small pools of avoidable water.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 15, 2020

West (Left) Fork. First anchor slung around a rock wedged in a pocket. Would be better to tie the webbing more securely to the rock rather than just leaving it as a sling; however, it held well as is.

All other anchors are deadman. We partially unburied for inspection. No noticeable wear, however we did not inspect the underside of the buried rock.

Lots of small shallow puddles in the canyon. Half our group had skills to stem over all the water and the other half was not able to avoid some bigger pools. No one got wet above the knees though.

There is water in the pothole at the bottom of rap 4. It can be avoided by bridging high, or if a person at the bottom pulls the rappeler over. The water looked no more than waist-deep at the most, though.

Group of 8. Stemmed most of the canyon and even upclimbed Middle a bit. About 4.5 hours car to car (not counting shuttle recovery time)

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 7, 2020

Right Fork. No Water, completely dry. Anchors and webbing were in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 2, 2020

East Fork of Leprechaun:

Condition is Perfect. Dry all the way through, and No problems. We opted down climbing the first 2 conditional rappels so I have no opinion on those anchors. Didn't look like anything out of the ordinary from normal conditions. The final rappel was good. It was nice not to see extraneous and unnecessary webbing and extra anchors built in this canyon this time. No webbing left up on top that we had to clean up this time. We had a mild temp day and had we not stopped to mess around with video it was a 3.5 hr trip from car to car. It was great to get into there this year.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 1, 2020

We had a perfect day, we stayed at the sandthrax campsite the night before. Now snow there on in the canyon. There was webbing setup at both of the rappels, looked like it was in decent condition. Everything was totally dry, no puddles or anything.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 27, 2019

Middle Leprechaun had a few pools that would be about ankle deep and some mud, though we were able to stem over all of it. The Irish Canyons all flooded last week, so I would expect pools in the canyons that traditionally hold them.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2019

We did the right fork of Leprechaun. The canyon was completely dry and very beautiful. The narrow slots made for some beautiful pictures when the sun was hitting the walls just right. The hike is great for parties who are unable to rappel or navigate the slot canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 4, 2019

There were a few pools that would be difficult to avoid. One in particular that was about knee deep, there didn't seem to be a way around. Anchors all in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 16, 2019

Descended Left (West) Fork. It is completely dry. All anchors in good shape. Webing all looks recently placed.

Spoke to other canyoneers and was told Right Fork was still holding water up to waist deep and Middle was dry.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 10, 2019

Shamrock was as wet as expected. Up to knee deep water 5-6 times with one pothole waist deep.

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

Middle fork approached from West Rim. Couple places with ankle deep water, Anchors in good shape long sections of canyon had no sand on bottom leading to a little more ankle stress. 1 section tight enough to require sliding body horizontal to get past (exciting). Easy navigation. group of 4 new to this kind of canyon 4 hours car to car.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 1, 2019

East Lep - No water. Snow up to four inches deep. Slippery, but not particularly dangerous. A reasonable choice on a snow day.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 28, 2018

Middle Lep - On Dec 27th it snowed about an inch. This made for difficult and dangerous passage today. Snow drifting into the canyon from the rim accumulated to a foot deep on the floor. There were several shin deep slush puddles in the skinny section that made getting up and over pinches far more difficult than usual. High stemming was not an option due to drifting snow sticking to the walls. Passage under the rockfall was easy. Any injury would have been disastrous. We had a blast, but wouldn’t do it that way again because of the unusually high risk. 20 degree air temp, 3h 00m car to car using a shuttle.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 22, 2018

Middle fork is currently bone dry

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

East fork almost completely dry, just one easily avoidable puddle before the canyon opens up and drops down to the middle fork. Anchors in good shape.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 24, 2018

For East Lep. Anchors in good shape. We heard the North Wash took a direct hit 3/22 with a passing storm cell. Roughly the bottom 1/3 of the canyon is filled with water. Several thigh high spots and one surprise drop that was nipple deep on me (and I'm 6'6"). However almost all water is avoidable, some sections requiring some impressive feats if you are that dedicated. I, on the other hand, was packing kids through and can tell you the depth of every pool.

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

Middle Leprechaun- Anchors look good and the canyon is completely dry. Super fun and TIGHT canyon!