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Central Swell

Canyoneering Lupacchiotta Canyon - Central Swell Canyoneering Lupacchiotta Canyon

Central Swell

Overview

RATING: 3A

Thu

A chance of rain showers after noon. Partly sunny. High near 60, with temperatures falling to around 56 in the afternoon. South southwest wind 7 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

60 | 45

Fri

Rain likely before noon, then rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. West southwest wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

54 | 42

Sat

Rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

50 | 36

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 57.

57 | 36

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 65.

65 | 39

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SEASON: Any, no snow
RAPPELS: 3 to 25 m ( 83 ft. )
WATER: Generally none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Thu

A chance of rain showers after noon. Partly sunny. High near 60, with temperatures falling to around 56 in the afternoon. South southwest wind 7 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

60 | 45

Fri

Rain likely before noon, then rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. West southwest wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

54 | 42

Sat

Rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

50 | 36

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 57.

57 | 36

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 65.

65 | 39

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The lower canyon, just before Eagle.

The lower canyon, just before Eagle.

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.

Beautiful colorful walls in the lower canyon.

Beautiful colorful walls in the lower canyon.

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