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Overview

MAPS: KING BENCH, UT

Sun

77 | 55

Mon

77 | 53

Tue

76 | 52

Wed

67 | 50

Thu

67 | 46

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall (Hot in summer)
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear for Technical Route
RAPPELS: 3 to 30 m ( 99 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none. Possible waist deep wades after recent rains.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Sun

77 | 55

Mon

77 | 53

Tue

76 | 52

Wed

67 | 50

Thu

67 | 46

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Old trail as you climb out of The Gulch

Old trail as you climb out of The Gulch

One of the popular stops on the Burr Trail, I view Singing Canyon as a must do if in the area. The canyon, a short side canyon of Long Canyon, is an easy side hike that visits an impressive dryfall and acoustic chamber. It is easy to see where it gets its name. The echo of sound is quite beautiful at the end of the canyon.

For hikers and those seeking a roadside attraction, the hike to the end of Signing Canyon takes just a few minutes. The sand floor trail is wide, well-trodden and suitable for pretty much all. Trees and boulders at the entrance make for a great picnic spot.

Technical canyoneers can visit the full Signing Canyon via a short technical loop. Though the canyon is known as Singing Canyon by most, some canyoneers call it Midget Rattler as well. The technical loop is intermediate, with a bit of route finding to reach the canyon but, more importantly, good natural anchor skills. The last rappel is about 30 m ( 99 ft. ) and requires either a dead man anchor or sandtrap. I visited after heavy recent rains and had some wading to about mid-thigh. Most of the time the canyon has either avoidable water or a few shallow wades.

The lovely Singing Canyon

The lovely Singing Canyon

The final rappel in Singing Canyon

The final rappel in Singing Canyon

Getting There

From Boulder Utah, take the Burr trail east. The road is paved and starts on the south side of town.

  • Reset your odometer as you turn off highway 12 on to the Burr Trail. Stay on the main Burr Trail road, passing many side roads as you pass through Boulder. ( 12S 462640mE 4194941mN / N37° 54' 04" W111° 25' 30" )
  • 6.2 miles - Deer Creek Trailhead and Campground ( 12S 468739mE 4189767mN / N37° 51' 17" W111° 21' 19" )
  • 10.0 miles - The Lower Gulch Trailhead on the right ( 12S 472327mE 4189249mN / N37° 51' 01" W111° 18' 52" )
  • 10.7 miles - The Upper Gulch Pullout/Trailhead on the left. ( 12S 472775mE 4189975mN / N37° 51' 25" W111° 18' 34" )
  • 11.5 miles - Signing canyon with a pullout/trailhead on the left. ( 12S 473569mE 4190861mN / N37° 51' 53" W111° 18' 02" )
The short technical section below.

The short technical section below.

Neat subway section just before the technical section.

Neat subway section just before the technical section.

Route

Roadside Attraction
From the trailhead, Singing Canyon is the canyon north of the road. Follow the wide, well-worn sandy trail across Long Canyon and up Signing Canyon. It ends at an impressive dryfall not far from the road.

Technical Loop

Note: Again, intermediate canyoneers only! Be capable of building and evaluating deadman anchors

Approach (90-120 minutes)
From the Singing Canyon trailhead, walk down the main Long Canyon Road for about 0.7 miles to a short side road on the north side. This is the upper Gulch Trailhead. From the end of the side road, follow the social trail and it descends the steep dirt slope, crosses through a fence, and heads up The Gulch. Stay on the most used social trail at the bottom of the drainage as you head up The Gulch.

In 0.4 miles Steep Creek Canyon joins from the left. Stay right. At 0.85 miles up The Gulch, another side canyon comes in on the left. This is an important landmark. Stay right, in The Gulch, but start looking for a drainage coming in on the right that joins in just a couple of minutes.

Go up the side drainage staying in the water course. When it forks before reaching a sandstone cliff, go right and begin working up and right to the ridge above the drainage. Once on the ridge, look south and you will see the remnants of an old cattle trail that has been cut into the sandstone that climbs out of The Gulch. Follow this old trail up. It is easy to follow as it climbs up through the sandstone. Once up through the sandstone layer, it cuts back northeast along the rim. This section is also easy to follow. As it reaches a wide side drainage coming in from the east, the trail gets less distinct and braids a bit.

From the shallow side drainage, continue following the trail as far as possible, then head east using good route finding to avoid tromping the cryptobiotic soil. It is about a quarter of a mile across open country to where Signing Canyon comes into view. Follow the rim of Singing Canyon upstream until it is easy to walk down into the canyon bottom.

Canyon
Head down canyon. You should soon reach a short drop where the sandstone changes layers. This featured drop could be rappelled but is easy enough to bypass on the left (looking down canyon). Continue down canyon. There are several small climbing obstacles, but all are straightforward (or could be bypassed if needed). The canyon is lovely and open here.

The canyon passes through a small slickock/subway section before narrowing and dropping. This is the start of the technical section. A large ledge on the right makes a great spot to take in the views and gear up.

After the first downclimb, the canyon narrows and deepens with a couple of more downclimbs before rappel 1.

R1 – 12 m ( 40 ft. ) – This rappel is followed quickly by rappel 2.

R2 – 15 m ( 50 ft. ) – Going under the chockstone is a tight squeeze. Many, like myself, will need to stem over, then down to get on rappel. Rappel 3 is just a few minutes down from rappel 2.

R3 – 30 m ( 99 ft. ) – The final rappel in the canyon. Be sure to inspect or build the anchor carefully. NOTE: DO NOT THROW YOUR ROPES DOWN THIS RAPPEL! There are often people visiting from below. Lower your rope to avoid hitting some unsuspecting visitor!

Once down the rappel it is just a few minutes down canyon to the trailhead.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Singing Canyon Trailhead

12S 473569mE 4190866mN

N37° 51' 54" W111° 18' 02"

Upper Gulch Trailhead

12S 472734mE 4190049mN

N37° 51' 27" W111° 18' 36"

Leave Gulch

12S 472835mE 4191522mN

N37° 52' 15" W111° 18' 32"

Trail

12S 472806mE 4191319mN

N37° 52' 08" W111° 18' 33"

First Drop

12S 473435mE 4191466mN

N37° 52' 13" W111° 18' 07"

Technical Section

12S 473402mE 4191093mN

N37° 52' 01" W111° 18' 09"

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