Last Candition: September 6, 2020


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.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 9, 2012

Similar conditions as prior report. Lower KH was very full - easy swim, edge of down canyon water was 10-12 feet from undercut lip. Bottom of Golden Cathedral was neck deep on 5'11" subjects. I enjoyed it with my wetsuit. Eaten by gnats while sleeping on top of bivy, despite 100% DEET. Camped just above mouth of Fence.

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

Canyon is full of water. Keeper pots full/non-issue. Water is very warm, wetsuits were not needed. Replaced webbing that had been damaged during flash floods.

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

Neon is dry! The only water now is in the final pothole. The first keeper can be defeated with a pack toss and the final keeper can be exited solo. The biting flies are getting bad along the Escalante.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 27, 2012

Not much to add from previous week's reports. Dropped in a bit above the first keeper (keeper was dry), and used the bolt bypass. The anchor into the keeper looked a bit questionable, but the bolt isn't much better. Belly deep water afterwards.

Lots of existing rope and webbing throughout the canyon, most of it in good shape (always double check and bring extra though).

Tight squeeze through the "logjam" and hanging rocks.

Last keeper was an easy escape even without the log, and the webbing for the final rappel was adequate, though could be extended a few more feet.

Also we had critters chew into a pack that we stored during the day, and should have hung it.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 18, 2012

Dropped in at the tree entrance. Only chest deep water encountered. Anchors in great shape, with the exception of the bypass to the upper keeper. The bolt is highly suspect and should be pulled. The bolt wiggles from side to side. Pothole surrenders easily to potshots and a shoulder stand. Did the route in 12 hours from Egypt bench and back.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 18, 2012

The bolt on the bypass of the KPH was there and usable, maybe it was replaced since last report? Water below that only chest deep and clean. All anchors good to go. Log in final KPH makes it simple to exit.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2012

5 hours round trip from Fence camp and back. Beware rodents/raccoons are gnawing packs to get food, hang your pack from a tree with webbing. Dropped into the slot that feeds in from the north. Fun down climbs and skinny at first. First 11’keeper is empty of water and the bypass bolt has been destroyed. Need potshot to defeat. After that is 100 feet of wading and a 10 foot swim. Could be done on a warm day with no wetsuit if you were to change immediately. Second keeper before the golden cathedral rappel is filled mostly with sand 4 feet from the lip, partner assist to escape is easy. I put a log into the hole to make it easier to escape. Cathedral rap webbing is a janky setup and doesn’t extend adequately for a good pull, should be redone. Didn't give it a five because it wasn't very fun with low water and the keeper potholes are more annoying than fun.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2011

Lots of water in this canyon! We did the full canyon and had a blast, both keepers were well under water (same conditions as previous candition from last week.) 5mm wet suits - no one was cold. Fair amount of trash was left by someoene camping at Fence Canyon on a boat trip - was able to find them on the internet and they claim they will be taking the last bit out in the next weeke or two.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 1, 2011

Neon VERY full of water. From Entry #4, many, many long swims. 2 feet of water over the lip of the upper keeper; 5 feet of water over the exit at the lower keeper. Good, fun conditions, but it makes for a lot of swimming = slow and tiring and cold. I replaced some webbing on the anchors - always a good idea to bring a bunch for the Cathedral rappel.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 24, 2011

Loads of fun, canyon is completely full right now with the keeper pothole looking like a small pond; the exit lip of the keeper is under at least 5 feet of water. Plenty of gorgeous swimming above

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 1, 2011

Canyon was almost entirely dry, wetsuits were not necessary at all. A sweet pothole up canyon from the short route was in full keeper mode, as was the big pothole right before the Golden Cathedral. The river was high enough to float down! Awesome day, but it would have been more fun if there was a little more water in the canyon.

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 8, 2011

Did Choprock, but much applies to Neon. BAD green flies near the river, BAD Cedar gnats elsewhere. River was waist deep at the crossing just above Fence, but not very cold. Hard to cross without being swept away.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 4, 2011

Escalante River was muddy, thigh deep, and an easy wade. Middle Neon fairly dry with a few wades until the middle pothole. Bolted anchor good above pothole. water depth in pothole was just below waist deep and keeper exit was about 8 feet above that. One partner hard to exit, two partners doable or just rap in past the pothole. Good swims past pothole. Lower section above last keeper all wet. Mostly wading with one short swim. Keeper was easy escape. Water belly-chest deep and rim about 5 or 5.5 feet. Jump and man out for most or easy escape with one partner. Cathedral only waste deep at rap. Toasty with 4/3 full suit, Shiver with 3/2 shorty. New webbing throughout, but no rings used so the new webbing was mostly cut from rope pull. Replaced webbing at cathedral and at some chock stones. I rated 5 because it was just plain fun. Water was a plus but would have been better with more water.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2011

Neon from upper entrance. Upper section only had a couple short swims and brief periods of wading. First keeper pothole is about 6 feet deep and another 5 feet to clear the lip. The keeper above the Golden Cathedral is full and an easy swim. Cold. Wetsuits used were 7/5 or 5mm with a 3mm shorty and that was fine.