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Canyoneering Offshore Canyon - Ticaboo Canyoneering Offshore Canyon

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Overview

RATING: 3A
MAPS: LOST SPRING, UT

Sun

A chance of rain and snow before 8am, then a chance of rain.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

55 | 39

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

56 | 34

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

60 | 37

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

61 | 38

Thu

A chance of rain and snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 36

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SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring (hot in summer)
RAPPELS: 0-3 to 6 m ( 20 ft. )
WATER: Generally none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Sun

A chance of rain and snow before 8am, then a chance of rain.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

55 | 39

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

56 | 34

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

60 | 37

Wed

Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

61 | 38

Thu

A chance of rain and snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 36

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North and South Fork Junction.

North and South Fork Junction.

Offshore Canyon is one of those canyons that people either seem to love, or to be ambivalent about! Several friends have spoken with great enthusiasm about the beauty and fun of this short outing. A few acquaintances have said it was a canyon to do when you had absolutely NOTHING else to do and were right in the area.

I think the difference is in personality and expectation. If you are a hardcore canyoneer looking for tight slots, hard downclimbs, or difficult anchor challenges, you will likely be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a pretty amble with a few up climbs and down climb challenges in an Entrada sandstone canyon, this might be a favorite.

We chose this as a good opportunity for our 6-year-old to get some scrambling experience going up the north fork, and some short lowering experience coming down the south fork. It was perfect, and everyone in the family enjoyed the beauty and small challenges of the canyon.

Skill Note: Going up the north fork requires a few up climbs that may be challenging for beginners. A spot or boost help. None are very exposed. The south fork, however, has three much bigger drops, with 2 that are about 6 m ( 20 ft. ). These are easily down climbed by the skilled, but may give beginners and intermediates pause. This is an excellent canyon for an experienced canyoneer to bring beginners for a little up and down climb practice. The drops in the south fork can be rappelled, but will likely require anchor building since most down climb the drops.
Garbage Note: This canyon, sadly, had more litter and garbage than I have seen in any other canyon. If you can, pack a bit out. It is not hiker trash, but stuff that seems to blow in across the desert.
Checking out rocks in the south fork.

Checking out rocks in the south fork.

Getting There

From Hanksville, head south on UT-95 for about 27 miles to the junction of UT-95 and UT-276. Go right on UT-276 toward Bullfrog/Ticaboo for 31.25 miles. This is just south and across the highway from JNB Marine gas station, and just south of the houseboat storage facility. There is not a pullout, apart from the side of the highway.

Alternatively, this is about 9 miles north of Bullfrog on UT-276.

Heading up the bottom of Offshore Canyon

Heading up the bottom of Offshore Canyon

Practicing some easy stemming.

Practicing some easy stemming.

Route

Approach (1 mile, 20-30 minutes)
From the trailhead, hike east along the property line that soon has a fence line. In just a few minutes, a wide wash (Hansen Creek) is crossed. After crossing it, head up the canyon directly to the east. It is wide at the bottom. This is Offshore Canyon.

A few minutes up Offshore Canyon is a junction with a canyon coming in on the left. Stay right here, with the canyon becoming more entrenched and more narrow.

About 1 mile from the trailhead, the canyon divides again. This is the north and south fork junction. Go left here, heading up the north fork.

North Fork
The north fork has a few up climbs. They can be a bit strenuous because of their width, but are straightforward with some persistence. It begins to open up fairly shortly. Look for the second side canyon coming in on the right (looking up canyon). This is the recommended exit. I would recommend leaving packs at the exit and exploring up the left fork a bit, then returning. There are a couple of more narrow sections and an up climb or two. You can exit the north fork higher, but the exit shown makes for an easier route across to the south fork, in my opinion.

To the South Fork (10-20 minutes)
Climb up the exit canyon, cutting up steep slick rock on the right whenever it seems reasonable. Navigation is a bit tricky, so a GPS or good eye on the map recommended. Once on the ridge, follow it east until it is easy to cross the side canyon to the south. Once across the side canyon to the south, trend mostly east and a touch south.

You want to intersect the south fork high enough that it is reasonably shallow and easy to get into. This is just above a major split in the south fork. Getting to the bottom of the south fork requires a bit of route finding, There are some areas of steep dirt, find a reasonable spot to descend to the floor of the south fork. The spot showed on the map comes down a gully/wash. On our visit, we followed a mix of old human and animal prints from the north to south fork, but there was not much of a use trail anywhere we could find.

South Fork
Let the fun begin! The south fork was my favorite. It is mostly easy walking with one small obstacle before coming to a first drop, the shortest of the three you will encounter in the south fork. Beyond is a mix of easy ambling with minor obstacles and 2 drops when the canyon deepens.

Both of these drops are narrow chimney style down climbs. I thought both were easier than they appeared from the top. After the second of these two drops, it is an easy walk to where the north fork joins on the right.

Exit (1 mile, 20-30 minutes)
Return via the approach route from the north/south fork junction.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 524539mE 4164518mN

N37° 37' 39" W110° 43' 19"

Offshore Canyon Bottom

12S 524920mE 4164592mN

N37° 37' 41" W110° 43' 03"

Junction1 - Right

12S 525108mE 4164735mN

N37° 37' 46" W110° 42' 56"

North-South Jct

12S 525488mE 4164763mN

N37° 37' 47" W110° 42' 40"

Exit

12S 525726mE 4164958mN

N37° 37' 53" W110° 42' 30"

Entry Wash

12S 526009mE 4164884mN

N37° 37' 51" W110° 42' 19"

South Fork Bottom

12S 526039mE 4164870mN

N37° 37' 50" W110° 42' 18"

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