Timpie Canyon | Capitol Reef

Canyoneering Timpie Canyon - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Timpie Canyon

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Overview

RATING: 3A

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 6 to 17 mph.

76 | 52

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

65 | 46

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 43

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 77.

77 | 51

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 50

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SEASON: Any, no snow. Hot in the summer.
RAPPELS: 4 to 82 m ( 270 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 6 to 17 mph.

76 | 52

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

65 | 46

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 43

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 77.

77 | 51

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

74 | 50

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Halfway down the big rappel

Halfway down the big rappel

Important Note; The Scenic Drive, used to access this trailhead, will be closed from April 29, 2024 through fall of 2024. See the park page for details: https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/scenic-drive-rehabilitation-project.htm

Timpie Canyon is a short fork of Shinob Canyon that drains into Grand Wash. The canyon is good, but really short. It most memorable for its stunning beautiful, and stunning large second rappel. This is NOT a good choice for beginners. The second rappel is long, and requires skill and friction to safely descend. Some are using a chockstone mid-way to break the drop into two shorter drops, or downclimbing the last 30-40 feet. This is not recommended. A fall would be catastrophic if downclimbing, and rigging off the chockstone would be an awkward small stance with a high probability of sticking a rope.

The canyon makes a pleasant 1/2 or 3/4 day when combined with hiking Ferns Nipple (the map shows both the canyon and Ferns Nipple Route), and is what I would recommend. The scenery on the approach and Ferns Nipple make for a great day, with the short slot on the return being the icing on the cake. Typically the canyon shouldn't hold much water, making it a good outing in cooler times of the year. After heavy rains, we had one short waist deep wade just after the 3rd rappel, but most will find the canyon dry.

The main canyon, Shinob, is not currently labeled on USGS maps, but is on the visitor center map. Shinob is a Piute word meaning "Great Spirit". In Piute legend, a People of the Sky were restless and travelled into the heavens. According to legend, they can still be seen moving through the heavens every night.

Big Rappel in Timpie

Big Rappel in Timpie

Assist on the first downclimb

Assist on the first downclimb

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