South Fork of Maidenwater, Trachyte Creek

Last Candition: May 12, 2012


4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 4, 2020

Bone dry. Not even any mud in the final "swimmer" pothole. Recent parties have built anchors for the last two downclimbs. Unnecessary for the last downclimb, but the last part of the pothole downclimb has become difficult with the low water, so probably a good thing. More fun with some water, but still a great route.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2020

completely dry except one pool about 1 inch deep. All the webbing anchors were fine, although the last one was sun exposed and a little crunchy

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2019

Completely dry 10/8/2019.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 14, 2018

Water level was just below totally full. 2 pools were neck deep for me (6'0"). Did this as a night canyon and had a fantastic trip!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 15, 2016

Relatively easy with some fun, easy downclimbs, a good way to spend a half day. The anchors that we used were in good condition (there were one or two that could use replacing, but we downclimbed those drops). Canyon was fairly dry with a few ankle deep puddles that were unavoidable.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2015

Full of water. I put on my 3/2 when the wades got to waist deep, about 3/2rds of the way down the canyon. Was very happy to have the wetsuit. We did about 5 rappels and 25 downclimbs. Anchors in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 1, 2015

Replaced some webbing and reworked one anchor to enable a cleaner pull. Canyon was 90% dry - one pool was ankle deep. Dropped in at the bowl at the top of the wash. Bring a headlamp for the tunnel -there is a 4' pit on the right side (down canyon) about half way through. 6 hours/4 people. This was my first time but is now one of my favorites for the area.

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

Easy to follow approach trail. Down climbed the chimney and scrambled in. The entire canyon is bone dry. Really enjoyed all the down climbing. Only needed to rappel three times. Saw decent anchors and webbing at about six or seven drops. An excellent canyon with moderate difficulty and some very nice narrows. Just under four hours for a party of two. We will bring friends back and do this one again someday.

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

Near repeat of what Peakbaggers said of conditions last September. Some unavoidable water to maybe waist to chest deep. Lots of short rappels that some other people may down-climb and lots of short raps that were not down-climbable.

Found part of an animal skeleton with no idea what it was.

Team of 6 took about 6 hours.

Not a spectacular canyon but a very nice one with lots and lots of variety and never a dull moment. Worth doing now and again in a couple of years.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 8, 2014

two pools that are hard to avoid. Both can be stemmed around for some. Last pool is waist deep.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2013

Thought maybe because Middle fork was so dry from the day before, we'd find this one dry or drier as well. NOT SO! Plenty of unavoidale pools & full corridors. A couple were nearly swimmers, especially towards the end when you can see & hear the highway. Rappelled in from the head of the canyon on a preset anchor on an 83 foot rope with equal pullcord. Had a 35 foot rope we used for everything else excpet one rap near the end. Did not need to replace any webbing but always backed up with additional meat anchors. 6.5 hours with lunch break. This is a great little canyon. Deeply entrenched, high walls, lots of obstacles to overcome. Teamwork a must.

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

We did not encounter any water, and did not feel the need to replace any anchors except to rearrange the webbing at the drop in at the head of the canyon. We went through the tunnel at the end under the road and climbed up on the East side. The tunnel is dark and has an obstacle that took the group member walking in the lead by surprise.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 14, 2012

South Maidenwater was full. We had 5 swims and many chest deep wades.

Everyone had 3/2 wetsuits and no booties, we were a little cold.

Many anchors intact, some aren't, bring webbing.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 12, 2012

Didn't do it, but the other group I was with did and said there was no water. Anchors all in good condition.