Upper Eardley Canyon |

Central Swell

Hiking Upper Eardley Canyon - Central Swell Hiking Upper Eardley Canyon

Central Swell

Overview

RATING: Long Dayhike / Moderate Backpack

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 54. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south in the morning.

54 | 31

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a west southwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 26 to 31 mph in the afternoon.

56 | 36

Tue

A 50 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Windy.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

41 | 33

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 40.

40 | 22

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 48.

48 | 27

View Full Weather Details
SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Generally some filterable in middle Eardley, the exit has none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 54. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south in the morning.

54 | 31

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a west southwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 26 to 31 mph in the afternoon.

56 | 36

Tue

A 50 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Windy.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

41 | 33

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 40.

40 | 22

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 48.

48 | 27

View Full Weather Details
Seeps in Upper Eardley

Seeps in Upper Eardley

Eardley Canyon is one of the gems of the Eastern Reef area in the San Rafael Swell. The lower section, that dumps into Straight Wash, is frequented by canyoneers, yet the upper reaches seem infrequently traveled and quite pristine. This upper section, in Coconino (Cedar Mesa) sandstone is deep walled, lush in spots, and has very vibrant colors. The middle section between the upper and lower can be a bit of a slog, with much boulder hoping.

The first way to visit, and most recommended, is to start at the trailhead, go down as far as comfortable and return the same way. This makes a great day hike and sees the best sections of Eardley. This is do-able anytime of year and has easy navigation. Those wishing to see more may still want to consider going down a few miles, setting up camp, and exploring down canyon as a day hike without heavy packs.

For those wishing the full meal deal, Eardley can be done as a loop either as a very long day hike, or more moderate overnight. The loop, after the upper day hiking section, continues down as Eardley Canyon opens and becomes more difficult going with much boulder hoping. It escapes up a loose and steep gully before going cross country back to the trailhead. This is only recommended for advanced hikers and requires advanced navigation and good fitness levels. The boulder hoping and loose gully are tiring. Due to the exposure and lack of water during the last half of the hike, attempt this only in early spring and fall when temperatures are more moderate.

Great views in upper eardley

Great views in upper eardley

Abandoned meander in lower Upper Eardley

Abandoned meander in lower Upper Eardley

Full Details

To help keep the riff-raff out, and encourage participation, you must login to see the details.

Login For Full Details!

- OR if you are not yet registered -

Register
(It is free and easy.)

Videos

Upper Eardley Canyon richardpattison

Comments

Want to make a comment? Login and let yourself be heard.