Trail Canyon

Last Candition: May 12, 2012


3 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 3, 2019

Thigh deep water that can't be avoided half way through the canyon. Other than that, it's totally dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 30, 2018

Fun canyon with lots of up climbing and down climbing and some super tight narrows. I climbed over the tightest parts ( i am 6'2 165lbs) and my buddy went through all of the skinnies (he is 5'8 140lbs). Waist deep water in multiple spots and no need for a wetsuit. It took us about 4 hours car to car with a bit of zig zagging trying to find the canyon.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 17, 2017

Navigation to the top of the canyon is difficult. Get a perfect GPX from a friend and stayed glued to that line. Or even better, go with a friend that has been there before.

Trail has received some rain during the past few days, but did not flash. Some sections were totally full, but some sections were dry. We had to swim twice. No wetsuits needed on this 80 degree day.

There are two rappel anchors. The second one will need to be replaced in the next few months.

The crux is a serious obstacle, more difficult than the crux of Chambers. Nobody can fit through the crux at ground level. The final narrows are almost as tight as Shenanigans. I recommend doing both of those canyons before trying Trail.

I'm 5'9" and 155lbs and felt like I was pushing my luck. Big people should avoid this place.

This day it was just me and Steph. Our car-to-car time was 4h 44m.

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 29, 2016

Snow is currently blocking access to the top of the canyon. Avoid for now.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 22, 2016

The second rap comes rather quickly after the first. After that second rap, you can take off the harness. We had to get in water 5 times - 2 of which were mid-chest deep. At least two were rather skanky. One narrow strip of canyon near the end filled with water was avoidable & smelled like urine. The 3 of us made it through on the bottom for the final narrows. Largest member was about 165 lbs. & 5' 10" or so. He felt like he barely made it through. Two members did not use wetsuit, one did, but it was a warm day approaching 80 degrees. Total car to car time just about 5.5 hours. Explored a new route to the start that may have saved on confusion but did not save on time. An excellent & challenging canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2015

Amazing canyon, highly recommended. Navigation is difficult to head.

High stemming, but mostly reasonable and straightforward. Lots of sections with water thigh deep, and a couple swimmers that could be avoided with care. Used smooth operator on raps. Wetsuits were welcome. Narrows are tight throughout, and can be pushed through with patience and calm nerves. Very end of canyon the skinny section got extremely narrow, and surprisingly trapped a couple of us. Be careful, and prepare to climb up and out.

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

One full body swim and the pothole in the slide DC pretty deep more than six feet from the lip canyon great tight

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 12, 2015

Navigation to get to the canyon head was more challenging than expected, but we eventually made it. Water up to chest height 2-3 times, but we weren't cold overall. One person had no wetsuit and the other had shorts only. Both members made it through the last skinny section on the ground (not going high) but it was TIGHT. One guy was 5'10" and 185 lbs and one gal was 5'6" and 160 lbs.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 12, 2014

Big pool of water, but avoidable with good climbing skills to canyon left.

Anchors in good shape.

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

A fair amount of water after the storms. Two unavoidable swimmers and some mud. The upclimb was strenuous with the mud-all went up at this point. Anchors are still in, but the webbing at the second is starting to look a bit marginal. The stem/squeeze at the third narrows was reasonable, even with the water.

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

Small amounts of water, nothing more than waist deep. Seemed to have a massive amount of sand shifting in because keeperish pothole right before a canyon coming in on the right was full of sand. Removed upper anchor into it.

Was able to squeeze through and avoid the typical 5.7ish climb, also thinking the sand level was higher allowing this, as last time I wasn't able to fit.

No heardsmen to be found!