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Cedar Mesa

Canyoneering Long Canyon - Cedar Mesa Canyoneering Long Canyon

Cedar Mesa

Overview

RATING: 3A/B

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 15 to 20 mph.

66 | 45

Mon

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

52 | 39

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 38

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 44

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 69.

69 | 45

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Wetsuit in cooler temps or by the cold sensitive
RAPPELS: 4+ to 30 m ( 99 ft. )
WATER: Wading, generally little swimming.
FLASHFLOOD: High

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 15 to 20 mph.

66 | 45

Mon

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

52 | 39

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 38

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 44

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 69.

69 | 45

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Jason Pease starting the upper narrows

Jason Pease starting the upper narrows

Jason Pease - second rappel

Jason Pease - second rappel

Like Long days? Then this is the canyon for you! And yes, the pun was intended. Long Canyon is actually not the longest tributary of White Canyon, but at 12 miles or so, it is definitely far reaching. The canyon, although it can be done in one day, makes for a very full day. Many would enjoy the canyon more as an overnight backpack. Non-technical visitors can use this write-up in reverse and visit many of the best parts of the canyon from below. If coming up from the bottom, expect a fair bit of problem solving needed to climb up or around obstacles.

This is very typical of Cedar Mesa canyons. The canyon alternatives between wide, deep sections of canyon and short sections of narrows and slot where the canyon changes layers. This combination makes for a sublime trip. Given the canyons length, it offers surprisingly easy passage with only a handful of rappels high in the canyon. Most the day will be spent hiking and scrambling.

Due to the length, remoteness, and probability of needing to build a dead-man or two for anchors, this is best suited to intermediate or better canyoneers. It also requires a rather lengthy car shuttle (1-2 hours) that is best set up the day before.

Beautiful Narrows

Beautiful Narrows

Jason in canyon light

Jason in canyon light

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