Yankee Doodle

Last Candition: September 8, 2019


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

Bone dry. No mud. Perfect.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 7, 2019

The canyon is completely bone dry. No mud and no water anywhere. Quite fun as it is. 1 hour and 40 minutes car to car for 2 people taking our time. We did this in the heat of the day and there is enough shade to make it enjoyable.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 28, 2019

Fun as always ran into two different guided groups. Water never got much past waist.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 21, 2019

Awesome canyon. Went in afternoon with 2 kids and 2 adults. Took 3.5 hours. Good bit of water, not flowing though. Not much mud. Had wetsuits so we were not cold..I was actually a bit toasty, but my wife said she was just right. Some water is avoidable. Pothole was full, neck deep or swimmer depending on height. Pothole can be avoided IMO, but what is the fun in that?

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 18, 2019

Day temps in the 60s-70s, water up to crotch/waist in a couple of places. Delightful trip! Group of six, three hours car-to-car at a nice leisurely pace.

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

Several waist deep wades(6'). Bolts as far as the eye can see.

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

Canyon was flowing, no swims, a slew of chest deep wades, some avoidable, some not.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 15, 2018

8 swims to pit deep on a 6' guy. First two stemmable, but why bother.

90 minutes car to car.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 27, 2018

Anchors in good condition. Chest to neck deep water, very cold, thin layers of ice on top. Wet suits a must.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 11, 2017

waist deep water.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 21, 2017

Anchors were fine. Water levels were pretty low and very muddy, nothing over waist deep. Very hot.

Took us 3 hrs with group of 8 (3 kids ages 4-7).

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 30, 2016

Pretty dry as of this date - only one pothole requiring that you get wet. Anchors in place and secure.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 9, 2016

Went this morning and it was pretty full, not the fullest I've seen it but pretty close. I'm 5'9'' and had to swim across at least a couple holes. Water was moderately cold but wouldn't waste my time with a wetsuit this time of year.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 1, 2016

Always a pleasure to run through this canyon. Low water conditions, most pools are stemmable. One pothole near the end required a MacGuiver'd potshot type situation with a backpack to create a handline. Once the first person got over the lip we just subsequently put our weight on it to get the rest of our party out. Nothing unmanageable, but gave us a great opportunity to practice some creative escape techniques. Set a single line rappel to drop into the canyon and left the rope to be retrieved on the exit. Did the rest of the canyon without ropes, brought webbing for handlines and only used it to extend an existing handling to drop into the aforementioned pothole. Last time I did this canyon was in 2012, and it is totally changed from the 2015 flooding. Paired with Boltergeist, you get a good day of some good rappels and fun stemming/downclimbing.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 27, 2016

This canyon is charming, pretty, fun, and incredibly easy. The pothole had the only water, 1 foot deep. There was a snake resting on a log in the pothole so we scooped him carefully out with a long stick and placed him in a more reasonable location for his safety and the safety of future passers by.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 11, 2016

Only 2 waders - hip deep and not even cold. Thought the previous night's storm would have filled it up, but doesn't look like it got anything.

There is a tire floating in the pothole from the access on the south. It has the rim attached so it's not going to sink. We weren't rigged to get it out, but someone with an extra rope could attach to it and pull it out when they're back on top.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 14, 2016

The road was dry. Mandatory swims were encountered. Water was frigid with floating ice in a few pools. A little ice on the ground too. We were glad the swims were short. No ice on exit slab.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 2, 2015

Water neck deep that is unavoidable in at least one spot - the pothole. Pothole can touch on bottom near edge so I don't think it could ever be considered a keeper. I have read conflicting reports on this canyon so I did it solo to see if it was something my kids could do. With the down climbs (no bolts on a few) and fairly difficult move on the exit (wear stealth rubber sole shoes) I would not recommend this canyon for kids or anyone under the age of about 14.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 26, 2015

Did the South Fork of YD and the "keeper" was about 4ft from the lip. The only rappel we did was that one. The rest were downclimbed. The muddy pools was stagnant and reeking like sulfur. The water was chest deep in the deepest. A wetsuit wasn't needed. Came across one live snake (not sure what kind) at one down-climb and a dead bird and dead mouse in a pool (keep your mouth shut on that one!). Took 3 of us 1 1/2 hrs from truck to truck. The only ones in there that afternoon! Nice. Anchors in good condition.

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

A huge rain storm the prior week filled all the potholes and collection basins to almost full capacity and washed away much of the stagnant water that we encountered 4 weeks ago. Awesome time to do this great little canyon, especially for younger canyoneers who can be exposed to some short swims w/out the intimidation that comes from long, dark swims.