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Capitol Reef

Canyoneering Cottonwood Wash - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Cottonwood Wash
Capitol Reef

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RATING: 3B
LENGTH: 5-7 hours

Tue

74 | 40

Wed

75 | 42

Thu

75 | 45

Fri

68 | 43

Sat

68 | 38

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear. Be sure to have quite a bit (10 m ( 33 ft. )) of webbing.
RAPPELS: 3+ to 20 m ( 66 ft. )
WATER: Some pools. Wetsuit (3mm full) in all but the hottest conditions.
FLASHFLOOD: High

Tue

74 | 40

Wed

75 | 42

Thu

75 | 45

Fri

68 | 43

Sat

68 | 38

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Mark and Tyler early in Cottonwood.

Mark and Tyler early in Cottonwood.

Mark making the first rappel

Mark making the first rappel

Of the 3 canyons in this area (Burro Wash, Cottonwood Wash, and Five Mile), Cottonwood Wash is by far my favorite. With a shuttle, it is a very casual canyon, though will take a full day by the time the shuttle is done both ways. The narrow section is magnificent, and fairly continuous.

All drops are fairly short, with relatively straightforward anchors. That makes this a good choice for intermediate canyoneers, or even beginner groups with competent leadership. Some groups do 4+ rappels, though 3 seems to be the number of mandatory rappels with a few moderate downclimbs interspersed throughout the canyon as well.

Brrr - move fast!

Brrr - move fast!

Tyler downclimbing just below rappel 3.

Tyler downclimbing just below rappel 3.

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