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Little Cottonwood Canyon

Canyoneering Extended Lisa Falls - Little Cottonwood Canyon Canyoneering Extended Lisa Falls

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Overview

RATING: 3C

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 49. South southwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

49 | 27

Mon

Snow before 5pm, then rain and snow.  High near 45. South wind 15 to 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

45 | 33

Tue

Snow likely.  Patchy blowing snow before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Blustery.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

28 | 18

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

38 | 12

Thu

A slight chance of rain.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 24

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SEASON: Late Summer, Early Fall
RAPPELS: 4+ to 60 m ( 197 ft. )
WATER: Flowing once in the canyon. No wetsuit needed in hot conditions.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 49. South southwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

49 | 27

Mon

Snow before 5pm, then rain and snow.  High near 45. South wind 15 to 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

45 | 33

Tue

Snow likely.  Patchy blowing snow before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Blustery.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

28 | 18

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

38 | 12

Thu

A slight chance of rain.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 24

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Diane on a very fun downclimb

Diane on a very fun downclimb

View down canyon from where you enter.

View down canyon from where you enter.

If you are a hiker or are looking for the short version of Lisa Falls, see that trip here. If you are a canyoneer with excellent route-finding skills and a hunger for bushwhacking, read on!

This adventure extends the Lower Lisa Falls route by circling around to a higher section of the canyon and adds 4 rappels. Though the rappels and upper canyon are quite stunning, the route-finding, loose dirt, and seemingly endless scrub oak battles take away from the charm of the route. En route, we did several sections of easy 5th class climbing WITH exposure. Beginners, or really most people, are likely to find the approach frustrating and miserable. On the plus side, you will likely have the beautiful canyon to yourself until you get closer to the top of Lower Lisa Falls.

The reward for this effort is 5 lovely rappels down granite falls with big views of the south ridge of Little Cottonwood Canyon. However, I would recommend the lower section over the extended route. Motivated and skilled climbers can ascend up the canyon along the canyon floor for quite some way, and will likely enjoy that route more than the bushwack.

Lovely granite water falls.

Lovely granite water falls.

Waterfall!

Waterfall!

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