Pleiades

Last Candition: August 2, 2012

4.6

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 7, 2017

Great canyon, awesome flow, beautiful scenery. The only thing I haven't seen mentioned is the large amount of stinging nettle in the initial creek bed. Watch carefully for it, I just barely brushed my hand across it and it felt like tiny razors and has itched for two days. I'd never experienced stinging nettle before but now I know. We suited up early to avoid any more stings.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 7, 2017

Perfect descent the other day. CFS not a problem, felt some tugging on the rope on a couple rappels but always manageable. Someone set up anchors with rope that will likely last for a while, including one long one on the second rap to avoid sticking the pull. Three hours car to car.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 20, 2016

Great canyon. Started in about 4" of fresh snow. We did not see running water at the top of the creek and due to snow & logs, somehow bypassed first rappel. All other anchors were in excellent shape, webbing or cordage with steel quicklinks - with the exception of the second to last - blue webbing buried in debris - but it was adequate. Good beta in Derek Wolfe's book on rope toss & rope pull. GPS coordinates were accurate. It was very cold and icy - made for beautiful icicles and ice formations.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 24, 2015

A really awesome way to spend a hot August afternoon. Very beautiful canyon; very different experience for Utah canyons. This was my first time through, but based on the experiences of others that I've read, I would say the flow was moderate. Certainly we got wet everywhere, but it was never very forceful. No one used a wetsuit and all were very happy. Trailhead temperature was about 80; it was 95 in Moab that day. About 2.5 hours for a group of 5, TH to TH.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 25, 2015

Excellent! One of the wettest times I've done this. Typically when you see Brumley Creek - it is dry until the 1st rap. This trip, the entire creek was flowing at a great flow and creating big waterfalls. Had a few noobs and they loved it, although rap 2 got everyone soaked. Met up with 3 Germans who heard a LOT about it back at home and had to come check it out. They were glad they did. Anyway, anchors in great shape. Took 7 of us 2 1/2 hours from car to car. Everyone wore a 3/2 full wetsuit and was "okay". The water temp according to my watch was 45 degrees. A great canyon like always.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 27, 2015

I've done Pleiades at the end of June the last 3 years and this is definitely the biggest flow. Makes for a great time if you come prepared for the cold water. With some creative route finding on rappel you can still avoid the full force of the water flow on most drops. 4/3 wetsuit was fine for me...

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 21, 2015

Lots of freezing water! Wore 4.3 mm full wetsuit and was quite cold. Better to wait a month or so...

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 18, 2014

Took a party of 5 (4 new to rappelling) through in 2 hours from car to car. Water is ice-cold but it's a small stream flowing. Great fall colors! No wetsuit needed. You avoid most of the water except with your feet.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 29, 2014

Only the spring was flowing. Nice water coming down the falls, but it only splashed our upper bodies, easy to keep out of the falling water. Never in water deeper than our knees. Water shoes and neoprene socks were a big plus. All rappels were rigged with 11mm static line. The last rappel is nicely bolted on the RDC wall. It's a really nice anchor, so even if you don't like bolts, don't destroy this nice anchor. We dropped three levels on the third rappel. That took us all the way to the last rappel anchor. This was a mistake. We stuck the rope and had to climb back up to unstick the rope. There's an anchor just above the fluted waterfall. Re-rigged there and that was an easy pull. We rappelled down onto the large fallen tree and then just crossed that tree to the exit path. So, we only saw five anchors and did five rappels (not seven).

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

Water flow is awesome right now. Highly recommend with some class C experience. I had marginal thermal protection and I stayed acceptably warm by staying on the side of the water flow as much as possible (and moving quickly).

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 22, 2014

For the end of June, there is still a lot of water flowing through Pleiades. "Class-C" skills required.

I wore a full length 3/2 and 5mm neoprene socks and was cold by the time we were halfway through the canyon.

There are anchors at every rappel.

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

Ascended Pleiades Ice. First pitch a little thin but the rest was pretty fat plastic Ice. Great time

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

This canyon is awesome. water flow was a little wimpy. anchors and options are plentiful and good. brought too much rope. A 50' and a 90 with slim pull cord would be better.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 7, 2013

Water was all spring water; as expected no additional flow from the stream bed itself. Made for a nice intro to a waterfall canyon. It was a 1st waterfall canyon for 5 of our 7 members.

We did all 7 of those short rappels.

One of our crew wore Farmer John rubber. The rest of us were in rain coats with the hood up. Skinny people got cold but those of us with neoprene socks and a little meat on the bones were fine for temperature. Air temp at the parking area was 72 degrees.

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

Not much flow. No wetsuits or shorties. 2nd rap has long rope anchor, last rap 2 new bolts. Check the webbing on bolts as it looks like it has the potential to fray with where the bolts were placed

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 9, 2013

High water, maybe 10 CFS? Like a fire hydrant. We also saw a car-sized block of ice just below the first drop. Clearly it was beyond our skill level, so it was an easy decision to turn back.

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

Went prepared for water, found only a little a couple times when we punched through a few feet of snow. Anchors were all covered up except one; it was in good shape and we ghosted the rest. Last drop we were able to use a talon with a great placement on the backside of a boulder. Hike out was a painful slog through deep soft snow. I can't tell you the quality of the ice for climbing, but it sure looked AWESOME sliding down it. AMAZING little canyon in these conditions but can't wait to try it again with flow.

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

This was the first time we've done this canyon. But we enjoyed it a lot, I don't know if I would want to do it in springtime with a large water flow. There were quite a few cows on and next to the trail which was not pleasant. But otherwise a great place to go on a hot summer day.