Pool Arch Canyon

Last Candition: March 23, 2012


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2016

Amazing canyon! All of the anchors and webbing were good. The pool of water at the bottom of the arch is about 3ft deep. Lengthening the webbing on the first rappel will make it easier to pull your rope down. You currently can't avoid the water obstacle just after getting down from the arch rappel. Keep your eyes open for poison ivy and oak and throughout the canyon. For the final rappel, I set up webbing as a hand line to get to the the last anchor because it's pretty sketch. I recommend clipping a locking carabiner on the hand line and connecting it to your harness for safety as walk over to the ledge to set up the last rappel. A 60 meter rope will reach the bottom from this rappel if you don't want to set up a pull chord. Just make sure you tie stopper knots at the ends of the rope and have someone double check from the side view looking down that both ends of the rope actually reached the bottom.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 12, 2016

A lot of fun for a Moab canyon. The pool arch rappel is really awesome. The most obvious point for the last rap is an advanced set-up, requiring protection to set up and get on rap. We chose to just follow the well-worn path through the crypto to the walk-out where the cliff bends as it meets the main canyon. Very pleasant way to do it; would recommend it over the fuss of setting up the very exposed rap, especially when the pool arch rap wins the award for best rap by far.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 25, 2013

Absolutely beautiful! What a fun canyon, cool ascent to the arch with an amazing view! Pool Arch "pool" was very full, tree in the pool may help with exit. One really stinky pool to chimney over and and a couple of mid-calf waders. The tree stuck upright in the exit of one pot hole is tricky for the short legged, they will need a hand on the down canyon side. If you are using the "fiddlestick" on the last rap make sure you have plenty of room between the anchor and your stone knot, watch were the rope moves as others descend, you'll want to triple check that you won't knock the stick out as you work your way of the little landing below the anchors.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 23, 2012

Great canyon. No water. The webbing on the tree to rap into the arch area needs to be extended out near the edge for a clean pull. The groves are getting bad.

The anchor at the last rappel are hidden on the lower ledge wall and getting to them may require a belay. All the mandatory rappels had solid double bolts with rap rings.