Boltergeist Canyon |


Canyoneering Boltergeist Canyon - Leeds Canyoneering Boltergeist Canyon

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TICKS & TODOS: 15 Todo Lists / 13 Ticks
LENGTH: 2-3 hours
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
MAPS: Signal Peak, UT
RAPPELS: 4-5 to 30 m ( 99 ft. )
WATER: Generally little and avoidable with some chimneying.
Fri Hi:84 Lo:56 Sat Hi:83 Lo:54 Sun Hi:80 Lo:55 Mon Hi:73 Lo:53 Tue Hi:67 Lo:48
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Boltergeist Canyon is a tough one to recommend, as it is not a particularly good canyon. Its one redeeming quality is that it is just down the road from Yankee Doodle, so it makes a good way to fill out an afternoon. The canyon offers a couple of options, a short route, and slightly longer route. The longer route has one more rappel, but the exit is more of a pain. The short route skips the final rappel and offers a quick, easy exit.

The canyon should never hold much water, making it a good choice even in cooler weather.

Getting There

If traveling from the north on I-15, take exit 23 toward Leeds/Silver Reef. If traveling from the south, take exit 22, and follow main street 1.5 miles to Silver Reef Dr. Turn left onto Silver Reef Drive and go under the highway.

(Both routes) From the highway, follow Silver Reef Drive west for about a mile Silver Reef Drive becomes Oak Grove Rd. Continue on it.

  • At about 1.6 miles, the road turns to dirt and enters National Forest after crossing a bridge. Reset your odometer here. Stay right, on the main road, just after the bridge and follow it as it ascends up the hill. ( 12S 289873mE 4126329mN / N37° 15' 35" W113° 22' 10" )
  • At 1.5 miles, is a junction. Go left, resetting your odometer. ( 12S 288381mE 4127646mN / N37° 16' 17" W113° 23' 12" )
  • The road tops out, offering big views of the area, then descends, passing through a ranch at 2.3 miles. ( 12S 285027mE 4126267mN / N37° 15' 29" W113° 25' 27" )
  • At 3.0 miles, a side road goes off on the left. This is the trailhead to Boltergeist Canyon. ( 12S 284244mE 4125482mN / N37° 15' 03" W113° 25' 58" )


Approach (less than 5 minutes)
From the main road, follow the spur road a couple of minutes until it begins a slight left-hand turn before a camping area on the right. A well used social trail goes off on the right, before the camping area to the canyon.

Canyon (less than 1 hour)
Once in the canyon, go down, quickly reaching a spot where the canyon begins to drop, and several potholes appear. Down climb on the left around the first one to a bolted anchor. Rappel 10 m ( 33 ft. ) or so down to the canyon bottom, or this can be climbed around on the left, but is easiest just to rappel.

Next up is a narrow slot that can be downclimbed, or rigged to rappel on the right. The rappel is about 13 m ( 43 ft. ). Extend your webbing and check the rope pull.

A minute or two below the second rap is another rappel. This one is down a low angle slab to a short vertical drop at the end (15 m ( 50 ft. ) total). This leads to the next rappel, also about 15 m ( 50 ft. ). This can land you in a pool, but can also generally be stemmed.

Decision time. The short route and longer route diverge after this rappel where the canyon opens.

Short Route Exit (15-20 minutes)
Where the canyon opens, look up on the left. There is one area that looks broken and passable. This is the short exit. Head up to the broken area, where you find a surprisingly simple game trail that meanders to the top. Nothing over class 3 in this section, and less than 20 minutes from the canyon bottom back to the trailhead. Once on top, you hit the road you follow back to the trailhead.

Long Route Exit
Still not satisfied? Want to get the final rappel? Head down canyon just a couple of minutes to a final 30 m rappel to a ledge that you can easily traverse on the left or right to the canyon bottom.

Continue down a few more minutes to the junction with Water Canyon. Head up Water a few minutes watching for a reasonable exit on the left side. Many options and game trails exist here, some easier than others. Find one your comfortable with, and follow it up to the rim, and then the rim/road back to the trailhead. All-in-all, I would recommend the short route. It is more fun, with less slog.


Printable Maps:

12S 284238mE 4125470mN

N37° 15' 03" W113° 25' 58"


12S 284460mE 4125340mN

N37° 14' 59" W113° 25' 49"

Short Exit

12S 284626mE 4125497mN

N37° 15' 04" W113° 25' 42"

Long Exit

12S 284787mE 4125744mN

N37° 15' 12" W113° 25' 36"


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