Stem School Canyon |

Capitol Reef

Canyoneering Stem School Canyon - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Stem School Canyon
Capitol Reef

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Overview

RATING: 3A/B
LENGTH: 2-3 hours

Fri

95 | 69

Sat

92 | 62

Sun

95 | 64

Mon

95 | 65

Tue

92 | 65

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SEASON: Any when no snow on the ground.
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
RAPPELS: 4+ to 45 m ( 148 ft. )
WATER: Generally a few pools that can be avoided by the skilled.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Fri

95 | 69

Sat

92 | 62

Sun

95 | 64

Mon

95 | 65

Tue

92 | 65

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The lovely views from near the top of rappel 2.

The lovely views from near the top of rappel 2.

Stem School Canyon is a short canyon just off highway 24 in Capitol Reef. The canyon is short, and not terribly dramatic, but makes for a great outing to fill out the day. The canyon will be one I will not soon forget! Halfway through I heard a large rockfall just ahead of me. It turned out to be a desert sheep not more than 20 feet away heading down canyon on a ledge. He did not seem particularly concerned I was there, and continued along his way after a few minutes, taking a steep route up and out of the canyon that impressed me.

Route finding to the head of the canyon is intermediate, but otherwise I would rate the canyon “experienced beginner” friendly. Straightforward anchors, easy down climbs, options around pools, and great scenery make it a canyon I will undoubtedly do often as an introduction for friends wanting to do an easy canyon or as a quick outing when I only have a few hours to pass while in the area.

Note: Currently (2021), the canyon does not seem heavily used and use trails are minimal. The approach has the potential to cross quite a bit of cryptobiotic soil. Be mindful of when you walk. With care, damage to the crypto can be avoided. The route described takes a circuitous path in a couple of spots to minimize impacts.

The crack on the approach. Stem School is just out of frame on the right side of this photo.

The crack on the approach. Stem School is just out of frame on the right side of this photo.

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