LENGTH: 4-6 Hours
GEAR: 10 m ( 33 ft. ) rope useful for beginners.
WATER: Normally very little. After rains, possible wading to knee deep.
SEASON: Any, although summers can be very hot.
Smith Fork, in my opinion, is one of the most over looked narrow canyon hikes around. Although the canyon never turns into a slot, it has long sections of beautiful narrows, and several interesting side canyons. Combining relatively easy access,outstanding panoramas, narrows, and fantastic primitive camping, this is a good adventure for those with competent leadership, and highly recommended. Many side trips allow diversions as time and energy allow.
There are several great primitive campsites in the area, but please be sure to practice minimum impact camping techniques to protect the area.
NOTE: To provide shorter access to the best parts of the canyon, the hike requires two sections of fifth class climbing. The first is about 3 m ( 10 ft. ), and the second about 4 m ( 14 ft. ). Neither section is particularly difficult (class 4 or easy 5th). These should be surmountable by most groups with some teamwork and a short rope.