Upper Greasewood |

San Rafael Swell

Canyoneering Upper Greasewood - San Rafael Swell Canyoneering Upper Greasewood
San Rafael Swell

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Overview

RATING: 3B
LENGTH: 4-6 Hours

Sat

54 | 28

Sun

55 | 28

Mon

48 | 25

Tue

47 | 25

Wed

45 | 21

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SEASON: Late spring through early fall
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear, Wetsuit in all but the hottest weather.
RAPPELS: 3-4+ to 20 m ( 66 ft. ).
WATER: Often quite a bit.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate, but you can see the whole drainage and skies on the approach.

Sat

54 | 28

Sun

55 | 28

Mon

48 | 25

Tue

47 | 25

Wed

45 | 21

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Big Pool

Big Pool

Upper Greasewood is a great little canyon, in an easy to access, yet remote feeling part of the Swell. Its short nature makes it a good beginner canyon with competent leadership. The canyon is not a slot, but more of a V-shaped canyon with many possible exits along the way. This canyon is like Upper Three, but without the potholes. The canyon is memorable to me, because of the large number of wild burro tracks we found in between rappels. The locals were clearly trying to find what during the hot summer months!

The canyon can hold quite a bit of water after recent rains but can be mostly dry after prolonged periods without precipitation. Between the two, my preference leans toward Upper Three Canyon, but since both are close together, it is easy to do them both in a weekend trip. (or even in a day for fast motivated groups)

Nice Slot

Nice Slot

Second Rap

Second Rap

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