Woody Canyon, Trachyte Creek

Last Candition: May 5, 2019


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2019

potholes were full. One keeper that we found, the "big" keeper was not an issue at all. For the one rappel, we used a sandbag and did fine. Water is cold!

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

Great canyon! Took the alternative approach from BluuGnome to the main canyon. Canyon is in keeper mode. Lots of partner captures and assists. Used the sandtrap on the one rappel otherwise meat anchor and handlined down then captured the last person. Some potholes were chest deep, but still several several feet from the top. One big swimmer that was still low enough to present as a challenge, but with some underwater stem action one person was able to step up and get out and then assist. Some of us wore 4/3 wetsuits and others 5mm. Everyone stayed comfortable. Fun and challenging time!

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

Did Pothole Fork of Woody. Potholes were all low enough for a solid challenge. Last big pothole before the Woody confluence is too high to touch bottom and too low to climb out.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2017

Whoa, potholes are nearly full of sand. Almost not recognizable from last time I did it in 2015. Window is buried in sand. The last long pothole isn't even a pothole anymore. Not currently "R" canyon so not as fun. But of course, that could change.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 20, 2015

Some pots were almost full, some almost empty. Go prepared with pothole escape gear.

No wetsuits were used by any in our group and we were comfortable. We were in the water a lot, but it was a very hot day.

There was lots of mud which made escapes difficult. Etriers saved the day.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 8, 2015

Bone dry, had to rappel once into a pothole, anchor was a stick. Still a fun time.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 24, 2014

Woody is a great canyon in all conditions. Canyon was dry except for 3 spots that was knee deep. Anchor was in good shape and more debris fell in that area for anchor options. Took approx 4.5 hours car-to-car. Rescued a snake trapped in one of the first potholes and took him through the canyon in a potshot..."best snake adventure ever!"

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

Canyon was in full keeper mode. Stink water was in some of the deeper holes but not over mid-chest. Used partner assist and a pot shot or two. The canyon earns its 4 in these conditions. We were a little slow and took 7ish hours w/Tom Jones approach/exit. This canyon is a lot of fun.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 1, 2014

Did this canyon 1 year ago when almost completely full. That made it relatively easy. Yesterday, we found the canyon more in a "half full" condition, meaning water in almost all potholes, but escapes were more much more difficult due to lower water levels and the thin layer of slippery mud for about a foot above water line at most all potholes. Wetsuits appreciated even though air temps quite warm. Potshots and/or sandtrap of virtually no use. Used mainly pack tosses, meat anchors & partner assists. Still some over-the-head pools, but fortunately, no skanky water. For coordinates to the beginning of the continuous technical section, that doesn't take you as far up canyon, try these: N37° 51' 35.1"; W110° 32' 48.9"

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2014

Canyon is full of water. Go have a blast!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 3, 2014

Very low water in Woody, making it a lot of work to get into and out of some potholes. Only a couple of potholes had water, including the big keeper. We escaped that one by one person boosting another at the edge, and the boosted person sort of shot putted a potshot over the lip. It was an adventurous "swim" (more like a thrash) across the keeper with a full potshot! Such a great canyon though. I love the problem-solving. Hot enough and little enough water that no one used a wetsuit. The best way to enter the canyon is using BluuGnome's beta and going cross-country rather than down Woodruff. An astonishing variety of desert flowers were in full bloom. Lovely.

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 19, 2014

Two people, 6.5 hours car to car. Used Tom's map and beta, I think it is the right way to go. No wetsuits used, but I got cold. Two swimmers. All potential keepers are in keeper mode. Nasty, salty, fish-smelling water. Partner assists and multiple challenging potshot throws. Good canyon but it would be better with more water. I would hold off for now. Low water = 2 rating.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2013

Woody is mostly dry now except for a few half-deep potholes. The keeper pothole surprisingly is still about 3/4 full and does require a swimming escape. We had lots of fun jumping into the keeper pothole over and over again. Even when mostly dry Woody was a lot of fun and seems to always deliver.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 16, 2013

fuuuuull! splish splash. tried to descend woodchuck also but accidentally ended up in not-woodchuck (to the north). no keepers in woody. great time. obvious signs of recent floods.

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 1, 2013

Dry, but not dry enough. Sooooooooooooo stinky. One awful swimmer required.

Imagine doing a rancid Keyhole 10 times. That bad. Don't let your packs touch the water, lest they become intant trash.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2013

Canyons are full of unavoidable water. Come prepared. Anchor at 35 foot rappel in Woodchuck was okay.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 11, 2013

Very recent rains have filled the canyon from the top, all the way through. We all used wetsuits, but temps were only in the upper 70's. Some water was quite cold. Short swimmers in several places. If you like wet canyons, this is the time to do it. Very fun, but the challenge of some of the escapes was non-existent because of the high levels.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2013

Very low water levels. David Jamison and cole Castleton were able to climb out of each obstacle unassisted. One potshot thrown at the last keeper but wasn't needed to get out.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 6, 2013

With warm ambient temperatures no wetsuits were needed. Water was low throughout, even able to go under the arch to exit the keeper. One webbing anchor in good shape around an arch just before the last keeper helped us avoid needing an Ibis hook.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 15, 2012

Very full of water, no trouble with pot holes. The "monster" keeper was so full we swam over and out and didn't realize it was the keeper until after the canyon was done, did have one tough keeper but after a pack toss we got out fine. Wore dry suits and did just fine.