Three Canyon |

San Rafael Desert

Canyoneering Three Canyon - San Rafael Desert Canyoneering Three Canyon
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Overview

RATING: 3A
LENGTH: 4-6 Hours

Fri

59 | 29

Sat

61 | 29

Sun

53 | 25

Mon

55 | 24

Tue

56 | 24

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SEASON: Any, hot in the summer
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear.
RAPPELS: 2 to 15 m ( 50 ft. )
WATER: Little. Should be avoidable. No wetsuit needed.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate.

Fri

59 | 29

Sat

61 | 29

Sun

53 | 25

Mon

55 | 24

Tue

56 | 24

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Three Canyon

Three Canyon

Three Canyon Exit Bolt

Three Canyon Exit Bolt

Three Canyon is heavily visited by river rafters floating Labyrinth Canyon by hiking up from the river. Surprisingly, however, it is often overlooked by canyoneers. Well suited to beginners, or those looking for a less technical canyon, Three Canyon is stinkingly beautiful and a nice easy outing. The two rappels (or one long one if not breaking up the rappels) in the canyon are at the very beginning while the rest of the canyon consists of hiking in a deep, lush canyon. Exiting the canyon requires either a bit of 5.6 climbing, or better yet, simply fix a rope before you start and hand-line out. This one is not to be missed and is even more highly recommended in late fall when the leaves are changing color on the canyon floor.

In addition to Three Canyon proper, the North West Fork of Three Canyon is also described. This is a short, technical side fork of Three that energetic canyoneers can add after doing the normal Three Canyon route.

Looking up at the rappel

Looking up at the rappel

Just below the rappel

Just below the rappel

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