Pool Arch Canyon (aka "Rock of Ages")

Last Candition: April 12, 2017


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 14, 2019

Hike in was strait-forward (almost literally). One one spot where the class 4/5 line was blurred, but only for a moment. Didn't rap under the arch. No webbing/anchor off the tree or achor off of the tree despite evidence of a group being there hours before. Since the previous weeks were wet we were apathetic to it. I'm guessing they decided the same thing as us. Was able to stem over the first pool, but later had to wade through water that was rib-high on my wife at the pool with the log jam (She's 5’2”). RTR beta lists the final rappel as 99 feet, but it was definitely closer to 120, since the bolts have been removed. We measured out 120 and had about 2 feet left. Poison Ivy under the rap thriving.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 18, 2017

Waist deep water under Pool arch. Someone set a rope around the tree at the top of the first rap, I added a length of webbing just for practice. I used a Smooth Operator on Raps 1 and 3. No problems.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 20, 2017

Easy, great views, and worthwhile. Water up to ankle deep in a couple of spots, but easily avoidable with some stemming. Anchors in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 8, 2017

great short canyon, the approach is fun with some easy scrambling, i found out after that you can skip rap #1 and #2 but we did all three anyway. Protection on rap #1 is still good, someone has set up rope with a D-ring on the tree but the tree is solid enough that if you need to you can anchor directly off of that. Rap #2 and #3 have double anchors with chains. #3 has multiple anchor points, i would recommend sending most of your group down from the higher anchors then re rigging on lower anchors for your pull so you don't risk getting your rope caught. you will need some kind of self belay or webbing line to set up lower anchors. temperatures were hot. water level was low enough we could either by pass is or ankle deep.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 12, 2017

Pool arch rap was well protected off a tree. 2nd rap has new chains & equalizer. Make sure on the 3rd & last rap you you don't pull from the top set of anchors. There are better bots down the wash right above the lip, you can use the single bolt to the left (looking down canyon) to self belay out to the lower anchors, they are bit exposed but provide an excellent pull. I have heard or groups sending down the most of the group from the top set of anchors (easier start) then having the last 1-2 re-rig to the lower for the better pull. The rope grooves are some of the worst I have seen on the last rap.