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Capitol Reef

Canyoneering Smokestack Canyon - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Smokestack Canyon
Capitol Reef

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Overview

RATING: 3A
LENGTH: 5-7 hours

Sat

91 | 64

Sun

93 | 64

Mon

93 | 65

Tue

90 | 65

Wed

88 | 64

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SEASON: Any, hot in summer
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
RAPPELS: 2 to 35 m ( 115 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate, but you can see the whole drainage and skies on the approach.

Sat

91 | 64

Sun

93 | 64

Mon

93 | 65

Tue

90 | 65

Wed

88 | 64

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A short canyon, with big views. Smokestack is a canyon you do more for the approach and exit hikes than for the actual canyon. The approach winds its way up an improbable gully to the top of Meeks Mesa using a circuitous route locals have often used in the past to reach the mesa top. The views from the mesa are stunning of the Aquarius Plateau to the south, Thousand Lake Mountain, and the Waterpocket Fold. After taking in the views, Smokestack is descended to Chimney Rock canyon, and the ever lovely Chimney Rock canyon is followed back to the trailhead.

The canyon has a few short slot sections, and is pretty, but not nearly as dramatic or photogenic as many other canyons in Capitol Reef. Approach this as more of a hike with a canyon bonus, or you might be disappointed.

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