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Blarney Canyon - North Wash

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Great canyon good anchorage tight approach easy


Nice Canyon, good colors and a good combination of items to make it interesting.

Ogden ACA group trip. Ran it with Izzy and Shalee! was a fun one with nice slot features and 3 easy raps

Right Fork. With Juan, Collin, Jeff, and Alf. Went right because left looked crowded. Quick and easy rap. Beautiful slot. Fun downclimb on hand rope. No snek sighting.

4hc2c,crowded,boone,krfelix,toni,rob,bri,pi,me. Boone's first slot. he kept up.



Did left fork very easy but fun. Some very cool rappels on this fork

Did right fork up and left fork down

Did both forks, lots of fun. Father and daughter were hiking up to right fork. Right fork had some longer down climbs but both are probably good for E.

West Fork - with Abigail

East Fork - Solo'd

Left Fork - solo

Very busy on a weekend due to it being so close to the road. Try to do on weekday if possible. Fun short canyon.

We did the Left Fork. I thought the hike up to the rim was pretty scenic and fun. Once at the top there are some big rappels that are easy. Lot's of narrow downclimbing on this one with some awkward moves but all doable. I liked some of the deeper sections where the light would creep down at funny angles. Once we got through the narrow bits Weston and Carson had a little wrestling match. I think Weston won! It took us 3 hours car to car including the wrestling match.

Really enjoyed the canyon!

Left blarney. Initial rap has downclimb left; looks hard but is easy Rap 2? Has rabbithole right easy downclimb Big rap has chockstone middle. Downclimbable by me. This can simplify anchor choices

East Fork

West Fork


West Blarney. Started at 6:30 pm, finished at 9:30 pm. North Wash Outfitters Advanced Canyoneering Class. Chad Jensen, Anthony Siech, Jared Hillhouse, Lisa, Tammy and Matt also came along.



Canyoneering chicks day 1


fun little canyon. Went with Quinn, Logan, Trevor, and Rosa. No water. we were behind a couple groups, car to car in about 4 horus

West Blarney. Or as I like to call it, Best Blarney. Started at 1pm. Long John Horton, Alysen and Jorden Guadignin, and Mark Hartner along with.






The Approach: From where you parked on the dirt road (pkBlarney) you will see the dirt road continue on into the wash that leads up into Blarney. Walk north west across the road and follow a faint path up out of the wash the road was going up. You will find yourself on a high spot between the wash the road was following and another drainage on the right (south west). Continue north west between these two drainages. About 350 feet from the car will be the base of a slick rock slope (wBlarneyRP-01). Scramble north up the sandstone slope to gain access to the ridge running between the two drainages. After about 375 feet the slope levels off a little but still continues climbing. After another 450 feet is a smooth sandstone high point along the ridge (wBlarneyRP-02). From this smooth high point is a view of a huge rock face ahead about 500 feet away. Then another 300 feet is another high point that has more of a rock out cropping look (wBlarneyRP-03). Skirt around the left (west) side of the high point and continue toward the huge rock face. After another 200 feet you will be at the base of the huge rock face (wBlarneyRP-04). Follow a well worn trail around the left (west) side of the rock face. Another 550 feet will be a scramble up a section of slick rock (wBlarneyRP-05). At the top of the slick rock the trail continues north and is still easy to follow. The trail here is following the rim of the canyon on your right which is a side drainage of Blarney. About another 350 feet will be another slick rock slope (wBlarneyRP-06) to scramble up about 50 or 60 feet high. A cairn may be at the top to help guide you. At the top the trail continues still roughly following the rim on the right (east) side. From the junction continue right toward the Left Fork of Blarney. About 0.3 miles along the still easy to follow trail is another trail junction (wBlarneyRP-07). The left is faint and not well traveled. Instead continue right (east) on the still well worn trail following the rim of the Left Fork of Blarney. You will have good views down into Blarney shortly before reaching this trail junction. About 650 feet after the trail junction the trail crosses over a drainage (yBlarneyLtFkTp). This is the drainage you will drop into to start down the Left Fork of Blarney. The Canyon / Technical Section:ical Section: After crossing the wash at the head of the Left Fork of Blarney (yBlarneyLtFkTp) turn right (south) and follow along the rim about 70 feet down canyon to find an easy scramble down to the flat canyon floor. From the bottom of the scramble, walk down canyon about 80 feet to the top of rap 1. Rap 1 for the Left Fork of Blarney (dBlarneyLtFkR1) is anchored from a large boulder about 20 feet back and drops about 40 feet from the lip of the drop. Rap starts down a fluted trough for about half the rap then down a rough wall with a short spot of free hang. At the bottom of Rap 1 you are on the main canyon floor in a wide open area. Note: Rap 1 can be bypassed. To bypass rap 1, walk about 250 feet east to the head of another drainage dropping down to the canyon floor (wBlarneyRP-11). To down climb the drainage, follow a gentle slope down the LDC side then work back up into the drainage. Continue down the drainage to the bottom where you will need to jump down about 3 feet to the canyon floor. If you are a good down climber the rest of Left Fork of Blarney can be down climbed as well. About 100 feet down canyon of rap 1 is the start of a narrow slot (wBlarneyRP-08) with a down climb to get down into the slot. At the top of the down climb is a large boulder choke stone wedged between the walls. Down climb under the choke stone through the hole then chimney down about 20 or 25 feet. It is possible to climb over the choke stone but the start down into the chimney is exposed and has a sketchy start. After the down climb into the slot the canyon stays only a few feet wide most of the way with a couple down climbs along the way. The first down climb is about 10 feet and is an easy straight forward chimney. The second down climb is about 15 feet and can be a bit awkward starting over a rough boulder choke stone. Stemming down LDC next to the choke stone is simple then followed by a reach under the choke stone with your legs for the opposite wall. Another option on this second down climb is to stem between the canyon walls and go up and over the choke stone then stem down to the floor. Shortly after is a drop of about 4 feet just before reaching the top of rap 2. Rap 2 (dBlarneyLtFkR2) is about 500 feet down canyon of the start of the narrow slot after rap 1. Rap 2 is anchored from a choke stone and drops about 35 feet. Rap 2 drops down into a slightly tighter section with a flat soft sandy bottom. The section just below rap 2 is tighter now and the walls twist a little on the way up so there is little light getting into this spot. Down canyon of rap 2 are a few more down climbs. The first and second down climbs are 10 to 12 feet each and are easy. The third is an elevator of about 20 feet. Depending on the skill set of those that came before you, there may be anchors set up for rappels in unexpected places. This is a short fun elevator, so rapping it robs you of some fun. Shortly after the 20 foot elevator the canyon widens slightly but is still a narrow walk between the walls. The junction with the Right Fork of Blarney (jBlarneyLtRt) is about 0.3 miles down canyon of rap 2. Down canyon of the junction the canyon stays wide and is easy walking along sand and slick rock. About 275 feet down canyon of the junction is a side drainage that joins in from RDC (wBlarneyRP-09). Another 0.2 miles down canyon another drainage joins in this time from LDC (wBlarneyRP-10). Another 500 feet down canyon is the start of another narrows that is only about 100 feet long. At the lower end of the narrows is what I have marked as the bottom exit for the Blarney Canyons (yBlarneyBt) since the rest of the route is wide open easy walking in sand. The Exit: After exiting the 100 foot long narrows (yBlarneyBt) continue down canyon about 0.3 miles back to your car.

Lots of snow, ascended Right fork while decending Left fork. Only Rapped the first 2, then downclimbed the rest in left fork.

First ever canyon/rappel! Started ~ 3 pm, hiked out at dusk (5:30?)

Did this canyon with a group of four: two rock climbers, my inexperienced/timid wife, and myself. It took us 2.5 hours almost on the dot and we didn't move super quickly. What a fun, shorter canyon! We did the left fork and getting to the first rappel was super easy to navigate. The first rappel has a bit of an awkward start, but it very manageable after the first 5-10 feet. It had a nice overhang to it. Within 100 yards is the second "rappel," but after lowering three in the group I was able to downclimb without issue. The length of the downclimb might be intimidating, but the rock provides enough good places to step and stem that most confident canyoneers can do it. The slot sections were very nice in this canyon and I didn't see any major areas where water would pool. We had one final rappel that's scarier from above than it is once you are able to get your body under the chock stone. I would guess that very confident people have even downclimbed this section before, despite it being 10-15m deep. The slot section after this rappel is really nice! It was probably 20 minutes from here to the wash, which provided an enjoyable hike back to the trailhead. I absolutely would do this canyon again, though this is one I would definitely leave the dogs at home for -- it's much too narrow and has more downclimbing than would be enjoyable with the fur babies.

West Blarney - Took Dallin Atkinson, his wife Kalani, their daughter Kalea, and Noah and Alexis through. Loads of fun on the down climbs


U of U Canyoneering Class Level 1 - Led West Blarney

U of U Canyoneering Class Level 1 - Lead West Blarney

Completed Left Fork with Dad and Alisa

Approach is on the left hand side; stay left of the larger knob at the top of the slick rock and eventually come to a slab of tilted slick rock that takes you to the rim trail. The drop in has a slide style down climb across from the first rappel boulder. Most of the rappels after this could be down climbs if desired; one chockstone rappel towards the end can be done two ways. First way is between two stones that is an easier start but tricker rope pull, the second is over the second rock with extended webbing which can make the start precarious. Overall, took 3 hours and was a really fun slot.


Both forks

up right fork, down left, one of my favorites


left fork


We tried to go up the right fork and then down the left fork, but we got stumped at the first rappel and had to descend, then did left fork afterwards.

Took a gaggle of girls on this hike. We had so much fun! Never enough laughter to fill a canyon, but we undoubtedly did as we contorted ourselves in such a fun and enchanting place.

Completed Left Fork with Sarah Vancouwenberghe, Ryan Konesky, Danny Ryan, and Timmy Ryan.

Completed Right Fork with Sarah Vancouwenberghe

Fun day to show john and katie what it is up with sweet canyons.

U of U Canyoneering Class - East Blarney

U of U Canyoneering Class Level 1 - East Blarney

With Matt, Jordan, and Landon. Did the right fork of Lep earlier in the day and wanted to hit one more canyon before coming home. Did the left fork.

Left fork

Canyoning class Dana Sarah Brooke

just west fork. rap starts were more difficult than I remembered, not as beginner friendly

Completed Left Fork with Andrew Stoye and Nick Wrzesinski




All fun, no fear! Great intro canyon to North Wash. We did this before Leprechuaun. Very cold in January, but no water in the canyon. We saw one group the entire weekend, and maybe two cars a day on the highway.

Left Fork, awesome!


Checking out the leprechaun loop


few fun downclimbs, not skinny

Tracy, Judy, Joanne, Liz and Heidi. beautiful canyon and super fun.

second canyon.

Dry. Fun.

First time leading a canyon. did it with a group of 8. fantastic canyon, easy route finding. we rappeled 2 times. good webbing on anchors, bone dry


Blarney left fork was bone dry. There was a fourth anchor set up which i didn't use and dow climbed. 3rd rappel a piece of webbing was quite weathered and we decided to use double anchor behind.


east fork w/ mike


beautiful canyon

Left Fork


Went with Matt Killian, a friend of his and Landon and Janelle. Did the left fork. Matt and his friend were new to canyoneering so we went slow but it was a good time.



left fork

Left fork.



canyoneering 1!


!st canyon ever! With Kash, Joe, and friends.


Took my parents down the left fork

Left fork w/John and Owen


Great beginner experience.

Fun Night Canyon






Left fork only


Both forks


both east and west forks. East Fork entrance is deceiving drop down one level and you will find it. both work well with 66-ft rope and fiddlestick. accidentally down climbed third wrap on the west fork. so really could do just one repel in Westfork Canyon

day after rain, did 5 rappels

date is a guess. Bill,Roxy,pie,me. their first slot.

did left fork. nice.