Neon

Last Candition: April 13, 2011

4.5

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 16, 2014

The pools in Neon canyon were full.

We dropped into Neon at the normal short entrance. Under these full conditions, we found that we could walk to the narrow section, then after dropping into Neon we made swims of roughly 200 feet, 50+ feet, 40 feet, and finally about 10 feet at the bottom of the big rappel. The 50+ foot swim began immediately upon lowering into the water from a chokestone based drop. We cleaned out two logs from the path of the final rappel. Fun.

Notably under these freshly-filled conditions, the pothole before the big rappel was flooded and so not a noticeable as a pothole.

In this short section on this day, wetsuits were optional for efficiently-moving groups of swimmers, but recommendable as a swimming aid for those who want it and to manage long delays in the shade. The high temperature that day was around 95 degrees.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 4, 2014

Very little water. A few swims. Use the Anchor on Canyon Left at the large pot hole in middle Neon. The pothole in lower Neon is escapable by standing on the ledge.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2014

Upper Neon water levels are really low. However 1st pothole is in keeper mode, cannot touch without head going under, cold water! Wetsuit needed if attempting. Opt for pass over by doing the walk around rap if not prepared. Water levels after are high and some short swims. The 2nd pothole is in swimmer mode and water is about 2 feet beyond the lip. All gear appears to be in good working order. A classic.

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

Egypt road is totally fine with the one infamous section that sucks but we went slow in a high clearance pathfinder that was FULL OF GEAR and had no problems. The hike to neon was awesome and easy (all downhill). We actually hiked all the way to the cathedral the first time and hiked back out to the big cottonwood and climbed out of the canyon there. both potholes are FULL. All hand lines are there and all anchors are bomber. Everything is good to go for fun! The sporty entrance has a stellar double anchor on it as well. The hike back to the car is brutal however after a long hot day with gear so bring some food for the hike back!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 10, 2014

HITRR is rough! Lots of washboarding. Egypt is very rough. We put in just above the Forkchop entrance and didn't hit war until Neon proper. It wasn't too full. I think I could have gotten away without a wetsuit. I would have been cold, but not miserable. The Cathedral keeper is not in keeper mode nor is it close. All anchors are in good shape. Take this candition with a grain of salt. Escalante got hit with quite a bit of rain and snow the next day. So it is likely Neon got filled up.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 1, 2014

Still quite a lot of chilly water. Very glad to have full wetsuits. Medium length swims and lots of wading. The first keeper pothole was ~2 feet below the lip. Easily passed with a pack toss and good footing on the right. The 'cathedral' keeper pothole was still completely underwater. There is about 3 feet of water above the lip of the pothole so it will stay easy for a while. Anchors are all in good shape. Only rappelled the final drop into the cathedral. Everything else was downclimbed with pre-existing handlines.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 14, 2014

Lots of cold water. All anchors were sound. Had a group of 6 all of us made it through without any problems. Two members of our group were without wetsuits. They stayed dry until just before the keeper pothole by stemming or bypasses. All wet sections had dry sections with plenty of sunshine immediately following them so it is very doable without a wetsuit albeit uncomfortable. Did the canyon out and back in one day via route on roadtripryan.com in 8 hrs with plenty of playing around. Pretty straight forward no navigation problems. All potholes full of water, no problems getting out.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 13, 2014

The canyon is full of cold water at the moment, I would say we swam/waded through about half of it. The keeper was missing? It was so full that we swam right over it and didn't even feel the exit lip as we passed it. A decent canyon, and great for a day of rest between hard canyons, but not a destination all by itself. Especially with the keeper hiding.

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

The canyon flashed recently - no more than a 3 days before. We did the lower part of the canyon - downclimbed in just after the long wet/swim section where the canyon opens up for a bit. All anchors intact - had to dig out mud/sticks/debris from on top of the handline that drops you into a pothole below a boulder. Tight squeeze to get to it, could be widened. The Keeper was full, easy walk out a sandy bank - even had water still flowing into it. The webbing for the final rap had debris tangled in it and was taught - a stuck had gotten caught in the end and then lodged into the slot. After 5 minutes of detangling, everything was right as rain. Looks worn, but nothing too sketchy. The Golden Cathedral pool was about 5' deep where the rap lands you. Very muddy/quicksand walk out to the canyon mouth.

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

Completely dry except for the last 80ft rappel into a waist-deep water. The potholes are filled by sands and the log was still in the 2nd pothole. We have some difficulties when passing a 25 rappel. The original rappel point is obstacled by logs/branches and an alternative rappel anchor was set about 3 meters next to the original one. The problem is you have to chimney climb over the 3 meters without any protection (at least for the lead climber). We took cautions and set up protections for the follower clmbers (there are some choke stones around to set up anchors). A young man named Will (?) has been camping in the canyon for several weeks and we left some foods to him. The water condition of the creek is absolutely fine for filtering, when it's not raining.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2013

Great canyon. Dropped in at: 12S 485991mE 4164150mN UTM. First keeper was almost dry. Used pack toss/partner assist. Canyon was dry - only some waist deep puddles after first keeper... Second keeper was dry and full of sand. The log was in place but most people in our group could climb out unassisted. Anchors in good condition. With 8 in the group it took 10 hours from the Egypt PL.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2013

A few crotch deep wades. Zero water in the first or second keeper. Second keeper however is not a keeper and can be easily climbed out of alone with or without the aid of the log ladder. Pool at the Golden Cathedral is waist deep. Flies are hungry near the river.

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

First keeper easily exited with partner assist; second keeper has a log, making it really easy, but people have also exited by climbing without the log or an assist.

Too many unnecessary trails through the crypto. This area is getting so trampled. Please be aware and care enough to walk on slickrock. It mostly takes no more time or effort, just awareness and soon becomes a habit. To destroy the crypto is to take away some of the beauty of the desert.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 1, 2013

Didn’t bring wetsuits and we didn’t need them. Entered from entrance c. Waist deep in a few spots, both keepers are bone dry, and the anchors are in good shape. There’s a log that makes the famous keeper not so famous and there’s also plenty of redundancy on the main event. Beautiful canyon regardless of the dead bird rotting away in the one of the pools.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 19, 2013

Brought wetsuits, but they were not needed. Water up to your knees in the dark section under the logs you crawl down under. Last rappel into the Cathedral has redundant webbing, which is good, given all the friction against the rocks and turns.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 28, 2013

Overall water conditions: Some water but no actual swims. Only one section of water above waist (mid chest for about 50 ft, but it's cold).

Neon from where Canyoneeringusa.com describes as "Better Start" (third drainage if you're hiking up from mouth of Neon):

One dry keeper pothole before the shallow wide middle section of canyon that separates the "better start" from "normal start". Able to get through with good partner assist or pack-toss.

From "normal start" (or lower section just before last rap):

One more sort-of-keeper, but it had a log ramp already in place that we climbed out on. Without log ramp, it would likely make an easy partner assist, but it would be difficult to escape on your own.

Enjoy.

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

The canyon is currently pretty dry, nothing more than waist deep.

The big final pothole is filled with enough sand to make a partner assist very easy. There was also a log in the pothole that can be used to escape.

There is a bolt above the first keeper pothole that is causing rope grooves. Somebody should consider removing it.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 8, 2012

Keepers are full and a non issue. The escalante is full of yellow trees and quite beautiful.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 6, 2012

This canyon is full value! Swimming, stemming, DC, free rappel. Bring at least a 3mm full wetsuit as this one is a wet and cold one right now! There was so much water that the only rap required was into the Golden Cathedral. The keeper potholes were full.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 2, 2012

Did last three raps from Moki steps. Lots of flowing water, with wetsuits very comfortable, can't even see the KPH we swam right over it. Second to the last rap (R6) B&H are gone now there's some webbing on a jammed log and debris. Last rap webbing was just replaced by party ahead of us since there was a flood the day before that eat webbing.