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Burr Trail

Canyoneering Sad Cow Disease Canyon - Burr Trail Canyoneering Sad Cow Disease Canyon

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Overview

RATING: 3 A/B

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Light south wind becoming southwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning.

60 | 33

Mon

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 8 to 18 mph increasing to 22 to 32 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph.

58 | 38

Tue

Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 8am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Windy.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

49 | 37

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 49.

49 | 24

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 55.

55 | 29

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SEASON: Spring, Fall (Hot in summers)
RAPPELS: 2 to 30 m ( 99 ft. )
WATER: Generally little. Can be a few waist to chest deep wades after recent heavy rains.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate/High

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Light south wind becoming southwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning.

60 | 33

Mon

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 8 to 18 mph increasing to 22 to 32 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph.

58 | 38

Tue

Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 8am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Windy.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

49 | 37

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 49.

49 | 24

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 55.

55 | 29

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Excellent narrows early on, rappel 2.

Excellent narrows early on, rappel 2.

Deep, dark, and narrow in Sad Cow Disease Canyon

Deep, dark, and narrow in Sad Cow Disease Canyon

Sad Cow Disease Canyon is the great canyon with the depressing name! Though it does not look particularly long on the topo map, the canyon is surprisingly action packed. Expect deep dark slot sections, downclimbs, and an exceptionally scenic day. It is a treat! The canyon is excellent, and Little Death Hollow Canyon used for the approach and exit is always lovely.

This is a solid intermediate level canyon in my mind. The downclimbs all seemed quite reasonable but with some exposure and skills needed that might leave a beginner feeling over their head. Even with good leadership, I would recommend all members of the party have some experience. Belaying all of the downclimbs would be tedious and time consuming. The approach/exit trail is well worn and fast hiking, though it is still about a 10-mile day roundtrip.

Note: I had heard rumor the canyon involved some easy but high stemming. At 6’2” with a 33” waist and 42” chest, I found the canyon to be a reasonable fit. There were a couple of places I stemmed very briefly over a log or chockstone, but with good route finding, was able to squeeze back down to the canyon floor in short order. I was never high off the ground and all the narrow chimney downclimbs were reasonable at my size.

Not recommend for claustrophobic people, or people that are of particularly large size. Those around my build will need good “narrows” route-finding skills to find easy paths through a couple of spots.
Looking down rappel 1, it gets dark and deep fast.

Looking down rappel 1, it gets dark and deep fast.

Beautiful sculpted corners.

Beautiful sculpted corners.

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