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Canyoneering Scratch and Sniff Canyon - Moab Canyoneering Scratch and Sniff Canyon

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Overview

Thu

A chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

71 | 55

Fri

A chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

68 | 50

Sat

Showers and thunderstorms likely before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

60 | 45

Sun

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 42

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 45

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SEASON: Any when dry. (hot in summer)
RAPPELS: 3 to 37 m ( 122 ft. )
WATER: None
FLASHFLOOD: Low/Moderate

Thu

A chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

71 | 55

Fri

A chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

68 | 50

Sat

Showers and thunderstorms likely before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

60 | 45

Sun

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 66.

66 | 42

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 45

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Mike in Scratch and Sniff Canyon

Mike in Scratch and Sniff Canyon

Last rappel in Scratch and Sniff Canyon

Last rappel in Scratch and Sniff Canyon

One of the more unique canyons I have done in Moab, Scratch and Sniff Canyon is a short canyon with an elegant approach. Reaching the canyon head requires route finding, steep short pitches of climbing, and good intuition. The views during the approach are excellent of the Moab area, and the canyon is a fun series of rappels. This is a short loop but has a lot going on in a short outing.

Warning: The approach requires a couple of short pitches of unprotectable climbing. Though the climbing is low 5th class, it is exposed, and a fall could be disastrous. Meat anchors could be used to belay other members of the group, but there is no way to protect the climb for the leader.
Update 2022: An old tree that was fixed in place to help with the approach has been removed. The route is likely still possibly by skilled climbers, but the removal of the tree makes it more difficult.
Note: Why the name? Mike Stimola first descended the canyon, and it was rather brushy and floral smelling, hence his name for it. It is still a little brushy, but not terrible.
Getting started down the canyon

Getting started down the canyon

Moki step approach

Moki step approach

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