Trachytomy, Trachyte Creek

Last Candition: November 13, 2011

3.8

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 21, 2018

4 hour descent. 1 hour exit hike. 10 minute approach. We stayed dry by having one person go high across the Witches Cauldron and dropping a belay line so the others could swing across the keeper, which was full of water. There was one other narrow pool just after the crux keeper that necessitated a quick lunge across - can be avoided by taking the high route at the crux and downclimbing after this second pool. All of the other water could be easily avoided. Final rappel can be downclimbed, slightly sketchy as it wants to pitch you out. There are 4 narrow sections with open areas in between. The 4th and last narrow section is where the goods are. Ran into a baby rattlesnake and a birds nest full of babies.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2014

Great canyon. Did not get wet. Stemmed right over the cauldron. Some spooky high stemming. 4 hours truck to truck.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 10, 2014

Great canyon. Water in the cauldron, used a pot shot and lodged it in the log jam above, and swung over. Climbed up to the logjam and set up a guided rappel to get team across the next swimmer then rappelled down on other side of the water. Last anchor and webbing seemed fine. Replaced part of the deadman anchor with new webbing, dug it up and inspected it, looked fine. One person fell in the water and confirmed that it was deep and cold!

Road is in good condition, would highly recommend 4X4, but should make it in high clearance truck.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 12, 2013

The Cauldron is chest deep and very cold. Immediately after The Cauldron is a full swimmer, also extremely cold.

The narrows after The Cauldron are EXTREMELY DIFFICULT when cold and wet. I could not have completed them in a wetsuit due to the geometry of the walls (too slippery). Going over the top of these narrows would have been ideal, but places you 60-70 feet off of the deck. Your partners can't help you if you can't conquer this section - getting trapped=death.

Very physical, very dangerous canyon. Plan carefully, bring a strong team, train hard and bring a very small pack. (Kolob pack was too big and a HUGE liability.)

Road is still in terrible condition. Badass 4X4 required.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 15, 2013

road WAS in poor condition. we spent around an hour improving it to be passable. WARNING: 2.5 miles down the dirt road we encounteted a 3 foot deep washout that we did an amateur job of fixing. use at your own risk. slot was AMAZINGLY tight...much moreso than the beta suggested. perhaps sand has been washed out of the bottom? VERY mae westie...seemingly impossible to stay low. at times we were high stemming 50ft off the deck. replaced webbing off deadman rap 1. keeper easily stemed over with large log jammed above on down cyn side. full of water.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 22, 2012

Stayed in the bottom for the entire route. Minor water in the optional slots. Upper tech slot was generally dry. Functional sling still in place on the entry rap for the lower slot. Water in the keeper was abot 2' below the lip-we had our best climber stem over the top, then lower a rope. Walls in good shape on the lower slot stems, and anchor (and several slings) in place on the lower exit rap/DC. Pool at the bottom was knee deep.

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

Fairly wet conditions. We bypassed the first two really short slots, but would have gotten wet in either. The longer third slot was wet at the end. Rap anchor into the final narrows was in good condition. Keeper was not in keeper mode. Some logs have washed in, jamming into the slot after the keeper, but it is easy to go under them. Didn't check the anchor at the last drop(s) as we all downclimbed it.