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One of the things I love about the San Rafael Swell is the diversity of canyons. From pothole challenges, like Quandary and the Squeeze, to more mellow en-devours, like Baptist Draw, or this one, Lupacchiotta (lou-paw-key-o-ta), the Swell offers it all.
This is a short, casual affair in the highest region of the Swell. Though only a couple of hours, it makes a nice casual break when passing through on nearby I-70. The canyon has straightforward anchors, and no downclimbing, making it very suitable for beginners or hikers with a little technical experience. The biggest challenge is finding the canyon, good map and compass skills or a gps are needed.
Aside from the rappels, the route descends a surprisingly deep Wingate walled canyon, and offers a unique short tunnel mid-way through. Highly recommended! When Cristina and I first descended it, we had wonder-dog Lucy Lou in tow, so decided Lupacchiotta, Italian for "little wolf", was a good name. Though not a huge fan of the rappels, Lucy enjoyed the canyon quite a bit.