Middle Fork of Maidenwater, Trachyte Creek

Last Candition: April 28, 2012


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 21, 2018

Did this as a quick canyon since we really wanted a canyon in August and it was hot and rains expected. Took about 2 hours for a party of 5, including a newbie. Great canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 29, 2017

Totally dry, anchors in good condition. Great fun for kids that are tall enough to do the downclimbs. 10 years and older recommended.

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

Great canyon for downcliming and problem-solving; underrated if you like that sort of stuff. Problem-solving at each drop is lots of fun, especially for somewhat less-experienced folks. For true newbies, the introduction to canyoneering is fun and beautiful, though not quite as scenic perhaps as some. Narrow in parts, but never as narrow as East Lep, for example. All anchors in good shape; no water.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 15, 2016

Very easy beginner canyon, worth visiting once. Anchors were in good condition and canyon was dry.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 14, 2014

Anchors in good shape, some water at the top which is easy to work around. Narrow section is dry. Loved the tunnel, make sure to turn back and enjoy the red glow.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 7, 2013

Completely dry. Anchors/webbing in good shape. Not sure I entered in the right place, but I ended up doing 8 or so downclimbs/raps.

The tunnel under the road is spooky!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 19, 2013

Went prepared for wet, but to our surprise, even though there were a few minor wet spots, & lots of recent rains, we got through without ever getting in. Because this canyon is more shallow than South Maiden, perhaps it drains more quickly? I think we replaced one anchor. The remainder were okay but since recent rains & flooding had abraded & dirtied some, we almost always protected ourselves with meat anchor backups. 4.5 hours for a group of 4 with a half hour lunchbreak at the head.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 21, 2013

Couple muddy spots. Couple spots with ankle to mid-thigh water that can mostly be stemmed over even though our best guy did get wet (maybe for the first time) in one spot. Some of us were tired and just went through the water. Final pothole dry. We replaced webbing in a spot or two. Bring a headlamp to walk through the tunnel, it's cool.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 20, 2013

Just a few wet spots, avoidable with careful footing and one short stem section. Someone set up an unnecessary rap at the head of the canyon, but we skirted down left into the canyon. Lots of downclimbs where partners were greatly appreciated, but great, low-traffic canyon with a tunnel exit. Bring extra webbing.

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

Nice fun canyon with interesting downclimbs. Meat anchors and sequencing are key. We rebuilt a shaky cairn anchor into something more solid and usable.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 28, 2012

Great canyon, had a two mandatory wades, no more than three feet deep. They are passable if you are really nimble (the first) and don't mind high stemming (the second), but typically you will get a little wet. Anchors in good order.