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Canyoneering Trail Canyon - Trachyte Canyoneering Trail Canyon
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Overview

RATING: 3B
LENGTH: 3-5 hours

Tue

71 | 44

Wed

72 | 45

Thu

73 | 47

Fri

67 | 46

Sat

67 | 42

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
RAPPELS: 2 to 18 m ( 60 ft. )
WATER: Wetsuit in cold temps recommended.
FLASHFLOOD: High in the technical section.

Tue

71 | 44

Wed

72 | 45

Thu

73 | 47

Fri

67 | 46

Sat

67 | 42

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Working down the narrows of Trail

Working down the narrows of Trail

First Rappel

First Rappel

Trail is one of those canyons I have done quite a few times and would still be eager to do it again. Relatively short, easy access, and a touch physical, it has many redeeming qualities. This is, however, not a good choice for beginners, or those new to narrow slots. A short tight slot section near the end will required either diminutive stature, or the willingness to climb over the spot at an intermediate level. The climb over is not particularly hard, but is exposed and not suitable for beginners. For reference, at 6'1 and about 185, I have fit down low with a little squirming and gear removal. I've also done the climb over, and found it straightforward, though I usually do the squeeze down low just to remind me to stay in shape...

Aside from the tight spot at the end, the canyons offers fun challenges, with many small climbing obstacles. USUALLY there isn't much water and it is short enough that you can do it without a wetsuit, making it suitable in cooler seasons. Beware, there is a small pool about 1/2 way through that seems innocuous enough, and is easy to skirt, but I have had an unsuspecting partner or two step in it and find it full on swim depth. Good times!
Contemplating a climb around to stay dry.

Contemplating a climb around to stay dry.

Mike and Ryan trying to stay dry

Mike and Ryan trying to stay dry

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