Drill Hole Canyon | Escalante

Canyoneering Drill Hole Canyon - Escalante Canyoneering Drill Hole Canyon

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RATING: 3A/B

Mon

Sunny. High near 76, with temperatures falling to around 74 in the afternoon. West southwest wind 6 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

76 | 52

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 68. West northwest wind 3 to 10 mph.

68 | 45

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 40

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 77.

77 | 48

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 46

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SEASON: Fall, Spring (hot in summer)
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear, Sandtrap and/or Fiddlestick Useful
RAPPELS: 2+ to 60 m ( 197 ft. )
WATER: Usually little. Possible deep wades after heavy rains.
FLASHFLOOD: High

Mon

Sunny. High near 76, with temperatures falling to around 74 in the afternoon. West southwest wind 6 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

76 | 52

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 68. West northwest wind 3 to 10 mph.

68 | 45

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 40

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 77.

77 | 48

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 46

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Pool near the end of Drill Hole Canyon

Pool near the end of Drill Hole Canyon

No one in my close canyoneering circles had done Drill Hole Canyon, except for one person that gave it a mediocre review of "it's ok". Armed with that less than glowing review, I decided to check it out one hot July day. Perhaps it was the heat delirium talking, but I thought the canyon was gorgeous and a lot of fun! It is not as narrow or dramatic as its nearby neighbor Upper Red Breaks, but I think still charming. The cross jointed nature of it makes for a very interesting canyon with some really great sections.

A note on difficulty. I think this is a great canyon that is well suited for beginners WITH COMPETENT LEADERSHIP. The canyon lends itself to fiddlestick and sandtrap anchoring techniques (though not required), which, I think, is a great to exposure beginners to and for intermediates to get practice using. It also requires moderate route finding.

Note: The distance of this canyon is a bit deceiving. Though relatively short, there is much deep sand walking in the canyon that makes it feel a fair bit more effort than the distance might indicate. I was just under 3-hours round trip when I did the canyon, at what, I thought, was a moderate pace. If practicing anchors or having beginners in tow, expect a fair bit longer.
Water Note: I visited after recent heavy rains. I avoided water where I could, and only got wet to about mid-thigh. Given its openness and southern exposure, I assume the canyon is dry or almost dry much of the time. The sand floored nature make this a canyon that can have changing pool depths depending on recent floods.
Rappel 2 on the left, downclimb gully and chimney on the right.

Rappel 2 on the left, downclimb gully and chimney on the right.

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