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Canyoneering Smokestack Canyon - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Smokestack Canyon
Capitol Reef

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Overview

RATING: 3A
LENGTH: 5-7 hours

Tue

69 | 39

Wed

71 | 41

Thu

70 | 44

Fri

62 | 41

Sat

61 | 37

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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.

Tue

69 | 39

Wed

71 | 41

Thu

70 | 44

Fri

62 | 41

Sat

61 | 37

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Diane Getting started in smokestack canyon

Diane Getting started in smokestack canyon

Diane entering the narrows

Diane entering the narrows

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.

Bottom of the first rappel

Bottom of the first rappel

Finishing up the first rappel

Finishing up the first rappel

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