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Lower Eardley Canyon - San Rafael Swell

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10/01/2022
Full potholes with running water

07/09/2022
Got lost with Stephen and Bridger. Boiling hot weather made the water a welcome respite from the heat.

06/03/2022
Did with Ellie’s crew. Left trail for shortcut too early.

07/05/2021
Did this with Kaden and Rich. Hot day, the hiking approach takes a lot of energy. We found the shortcut, but since none of us had done it, we elected to take the standard route. This added more hiking, as very long, steep and loose gully to get to the canyon bottom (kind of stressful). The canyon bottom is rocky and muddy, so moving down canyon was slow. The pothole section was fun with mostly full potholes. The water was a bit stinky, but not terrible. We did not have wetsuits on 100 degree day and became slightly chilled near the end.

09/07/2020
Long hike uphill and hot. Very dry but would require wetsuit if not.

07/11/2020

05/03/2020
Much lower water level than previous trip (07/07/19). Sneaker route was easy to locate and traverse down. Water was pleasant, albeit a bit chilly. No wetsuit needed. Team: Dylan, Dave, Blake, Kyle.

05/02/2020
Nice pools. Did without wetsuit and was only chilly for 20 minutes. 2 jumpers, 1 quite exciting, even though water levels were low. Shortcut descent was tricky to navigate; we did it in 2 rappels.

03/19/2020

11/01/2019
Dana Brooke

08/06/2019
w/ pa, T, zaz

07/07/2019
Sneaker route is easy to locate but has some exposed moves at the top (traversing left to right) to get to the rappel stations. Fun canyon, lots of jumping into clean water. No wetsuit needed. Time: 6 hours. Team: Dylan, Jamin, Jonnah, Kyle.

05/28/2019

05/23/2019
Tough approach. Steep climb to get into Canyon. Full of water. Could jump off all Rappels.

05/01/2019
Awesome Canyon, cool super tall keeper. Did with Lydia, Tauna, Tyber, Adam

07/16/2018
With Haley

06/30/2018
With Ryan

04/05/2018

11/11/2017
Did the route in 8 hours with 4 people, air temp was 50s but the water was frigid. Worried about hypothermia by the end of the route. Left dry cloths at the end of the canyon was a great idea so we were able to dry and warm up before returning to the car.

09/10/2017
2 attempts to find shortcut descent. Excellent!

07/01/2017

06/20/2017

07/30/2016
Lower Eardley is a real treat on a hot summer day. We camped just shy of the trail head at a previously used site and started the slog at 7 am. We opted for the both shortcut routes, the first avoiding the horseshoe and the second cutting the reef hike in half. As mentioned by other the crux of the shortcut is the very start just below the tree. We expected to downclimb sections but instead found 2 webbing anchors along the way down and this made the descent much easier and faster. The canyon was very full of water which made the potholes just a joy to play in. Somewhere after the second rap in the canyon we encountered a very black and VERY stinky pool that we did not read about on other trip reports. This pool requires a 20ft swim and is just rough on the olfactory systems. Other than that this canyon is a real treasure and SO GREAT on a hot summer day!!!

06/01/2016

05/28/2016
Did shortcut approach. Easy to find. We rappelled as it looked intimidating to down climb.Does not look that bad once below it. Pools were full and we were glad to have wetsuits as it clouded over.

06/20/2015
The approach was long and rigorous with a nasty scree field downclimb into the canyon. This canyon has a ton of great pools though. The water was warm enough to not need a wetsuit. The webbing on the rappels will likely need to be replaced very soon. The last rappel (~50ft) had a single bolt and a piton that had popped out. There were some rocks in the water that could have been slung but we just went off the single bolt. I would inspect this bolt and be prepared to back it up before doing this rappel after the next wash out. If you can handle the long approach in full sun I would recommend doing this one.

09/01/2014

05/30/2007

05/30/2006

04/15/2006
First Canyon. Very bad hypothermia.

10/07/0020
lots of pools

08/12/0020
fun water


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