Mystery

Last Candition: August 10, 2011

4.7

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

Shuttled to the top to avoid the climb up. The descent into Death Gully was dry but you could tell it had rained in the last few weeks because the ground was hard packed and stable. The season lake was several hundred feet long and we were very thankful to have our wetsuits - water was very cold (made your hands hurt after 30 seconds).

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2014

We used a shuttle vehicle and avoided the climb from weeping rock. Death Gully was dry.

The canyon was pretty full and the lake was a few hundred feet long. We stayed to the right (RDC) and only had to swim for about 100 feet at the end.

At the top of the Mystery Springs rappel the heavens opened so we quickly sought shelter and waited out a small flash flood. When we started down again, the last of us were climbing down and there was a small landslide right where we had been waiting for the last hour. If you have to wait out a flash flood, in addition to seeking higher ground, also check make sure there is little evidence of prior landslides where you are hunkering down.

Because of the flood, the bottom of the Mystery Springs rappel is a swimmer/water disconnect and there's one more swimmer after that.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 26, 2014

Beautiful canyon. Got up there on first shuttle, so the hike up from Weeping Rock was in a very reasonable temperature. Mystery stayed not-too-hot despite 100-degree day until it opened up near the sometimes-lake. All anchors in great shape. No water until the springs, where the pool was thigh-deep and felt great! Back in the Narrows with the crowds at 3 pm in time to watch the rain start pouring down. Flash flood warning issued an hour later.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 23, 2014

Canyon was perfect. Everything was dry until the last 2 rappells. We were able to avoid the water in the pool from the second to last rappelling but there was no way to avoid any of the water after. We were wet from the knees down. No wetsuits, just regular clothes and we were fine. It was 73 that day and it couldn't have gone better.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 18, 2014

From East Mesa Trail start to shuttle 7 hours. Death gully descent obvious, but grueling trail. All anchors is great shape. Raps were fun. No water in lake and mostly dried mud. Water in springs pool was knee up to waist level. Pools below before final rap were down climbs and one small rap into waist level water. Very fun day. No wetsuit, but neoprene socks and stayed warm.

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

Couple days ago top of Zion got a lil snow. It's all melted but death gully was a muddy mess. Couple pools in the narrow section one unavoidable. Lake was ankle deep at the shallowest. Mystery spring cold and sweet. Still no wetsuit needed

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 23, 2014

Most webbing was recently replaced. Lake dry. Mystery springs thigh deep. Couple waders after that. Narrows knee deep. No wetsuits needed

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 31, 2013

The Death Gully approach was icy and extremely slippery after the recent rains and cold snap. The canyon was awesome, put our wet suits on after the 4th rap. All of the anchors were in good shape, with new shiny red webbing. Swimmer in Mystery Springs, and a beautiful float down to the Temple.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2013

Three of us enjoyed Mystery yesterday. Took the 9:30 shuttle from ZAC, started hiking at 10:45. Ran out to Observation Point first, then back to the steep drop in for Mystery. All anchors in the canyon looked good, a couple had shiny new red webbing. Didn't see water until the lake which was only shin deep if you hug the right wall. The pool at the bottom of the "traverse rappel" is still a swimmer. The next couple of pools were waist deep at most. Very cold water in the Narrows now.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2013

The pool at the end of the 1st 120 ft rap was a swimmer for our group (others reportedly managed to get around it without taking a complete dip). It started pouring hard/lightning on this rap. By the time we pulled in the narrows, the waterfall was flowing a lot harder and people were hurriedly trying to make their way back to the Temple. Were it not for the inclement weather & temperature drop, we wouldn't have broken out the wetsuits (we did wear sweaters off and on). With the weather, we were glad to have the suits (2/2 long sleeve shortie for me, 3/4 full for the rest), but wouldn't have been in trouble in any case. The canyon looked great, however. All webbing looked good & not excessive.

I should also mention that the road back into the Ranch to retrieve the car was dicey after the rain...thick, slippery mud. One truck got stuck & abandoned for the night on the hill on Beaver road, blocking it from passing. We found a road around.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 29, 2013

There are a couple small puddles at the end of the rock narrows, semi avoidable. The lake is about 50-60ft in length on the north side and about waist deep. COLD. Mystery springs is a swimmer and there is one pool between there and the final rap of about waist deep. All anchors are in acceptable condition but a couple may need replacing soon.

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

All anchors are in good condition. The pool is about 100 feet long and about 5 feet deep if you stick to the right side up against the wall. The spring's flow is above average based on what I have seen from the Narrows in the recent past. Nothing crazy, though. Just a little more fun / wet. No wetsuits required unless you get cold easily. Even then, you won't need to put it on until the pool.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 12, 2013

Approached from Weeping Rock. Mystery had received a lot of rain the previous few days and that morning.

The first rappel's webbing was borderline and will need to be replaced soon. All other anchors were in decent condition.

The pool was deep. We were swimming before you turn the corner and see the sand pile. Make sure your pack floats!

We cleaned up rope that was cut and left at the Mystery Springs rappel. Looks like the previous group could not pull because the rope was setup using both sets of chains which created to much friction. The pool at the bottom of the rappel was a short swim.

The jump after Mystery springs had a pool depth around 4ft.

The final rappel had the other half of the Rope that was cut at Mystery Springs. We clean up the abandoned rope and rappelled into the narrows which was flowing about 8" deep at the touch down area.

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

The payoff on this canyon is low considering the amount of work to approach and enter the head of the canyon. First narrows section is nice but hardly spectacular. Of course there are way to many bolts as half the raps are downclimbs or partner assists. Middle section is long and boring, brutal if its hot out. Lake is gone of course. The second to last rap is nice, the small pool is a small swimmer. Its a shame the most beautiful part of the canyon takes only 5 minutes to see......Rap into the Narrows was welcome on a hot day.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 14, 2013

All webbing and anchors were good. Swimming disconnect at Mystery Spring. Narrows only knee deep. Lake is dry. No wetsuits needed

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2013

All the old snow is gone from the east mesa and death gully. No snow on the approach from weeping rock either. Anchors are all in reasonable shape, with a little crusty webbing. Lake is dry, just a small puddle remains. No water till mystery springs, which is a short swim. The water temp in the narrows is 46f. Neoprene socks are nice for the short hike out.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 7, 2012

Fall colours are amazing throughout Zion, lots of yellows and red in Mystery. The lake is very low and it is possible to stay completely dry along the right wall.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2012

The "lake" was ankle to shin deep. The pool at the bottom of the Mystery Springs rap was back to being a swimmer (though a very short one). Three of the potholes after Mystery Springs were at least chest deep and chilly. Half of the party used wetsuits, the other half didn't. Most of them wished they had :-)

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 24, 2012

Unbelievably beautiful fall colors. Great time of year to go. Lake is knee deep along right wall. Some idiot "Aaron" carved name into rock between Lake and Mystery Springs.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 21, 2012

All anchors are in great shape. Avoidable water in the upper section. The lake is about knee high if you stay along the wall RDC. Mystery Springs 120' rap has a unavoidable swimmer at the bottom ( very cold but very short). Total trip time from the top- 6 hours. First trip through the canyon. It's a must do canyon! Very pretty.