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Hogwarts Canyon - North Wash

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Nancy Dwight Kim Brett Toni. Four hours car to car. Took to 125 foot ropes. Canyon was dry anchors were good except I didn’t fully trust the solution pocket anchor.


With Jim Firstbrook 1.5 hourz

First rap off solution pocket is tricky to not get rope stuck. There is webbing anchor off rock. Super chill would be easy guide. 2h solo, ran into group and took side trip.



Was a beautiful canyon. Approach is a tiny bit scrambly, but not bad. has several beautiful rappels and the semi-keeper pothole is barely that.



Super fun. all anchors were set by previous canyoneerers and they looked great

Really fun beginner’ish canyon


First Canyon ever! Done with ACA group. Dave led group. just spectacular! No slots but a great beginner canyon. Easier starts on all rappels. Last one is biggest, check rope length or go up to right for shorter rap

Used deadman anchor on last rappel


Awesome hike. Tricky at the beginning. Kept trying to go clockwise on accident but figured it out. Loads of fun, would 100% do again






Beautiful & not too long. Half day. 4 repels.




This canyon was very short but had a lot of good rappels with straightforward anchors. The rappel where you go into a big hole in the ceiling was pretty cool. The hike up to the top is really cool and there are great views. This was Weston's first time rappelling which was pretty fun......definitely beginner friendly. There wasn't any water. My phone dropped out of my pocket on the final 80' rappel and smashed on a big rock at the bottom....that sucked. Was 3 hours car to car.....could have gone a little faster but there was a group in front of us.

Good short canyon. Need at least one retrievable anchor.



Ed, Tom, Lizzy, Alicia, and myself. AM run before heading home. Hike was pretty well worn in this time. We did the optional first rap instead of scramble. Beautiful again. Crazy hair at bottom of last rap.

Second canyon of the day. Big repel at end


As part of Jared Hillhouse's Advanced Canyoneering Class we hit this canyon. Always a favorite. I was able to set up and use a Fiddlestick after the 2nd rappel to bypass the semi-keeper pothole.

loved it more the second time

Approach is steep.


Started at 11 am. Chad LaDow, Craig Caldwell and Mark Hartner went with. Finished at 2:30 pm

keeper (?) was full. Stem over it for full value. We were by ourselves on a beautiful 80 degree day. Pretty short, only about 3 hours going at a slow pace. Did w Rosa.

Completed with Nate Gregory, Tom Bugg, and Garret Porter

Canyoneering chicks





Sporty last anchor. 10/10. Not really slotty but magical.

Great route. Easy and marked well. Water is avoidable.



Hogwarts Canyon - 3A II North Wash, Utah. Quick Facts 10-13-12, 4 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 4 hours) Relaxed pace and time to look at the alcove on exit. Time Required - 2.5 to 3.5 hours Distance - 1.3 miles Total, 0.3 miles Technical Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 90 feet. Elevation Range - 4060 - 4580 Feet Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No Gear Used for Canyon Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 90 feet and 60 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement. General Comments Hogwarts is a short but very fun and scenic canyon worth the trip. Worth future revisits as well! There is one silo to cross but it is not too wide and is more of a galumph than a stem. While relatively easy it is still possible to slip down into the semi keeper pothole below.  Keep a rope handy to help people across if needed. There generally will be little to no water in Hogwarts and the water is generally avoidable. While Hogwarts is rated an A canyon since there are places you may get your feet wet if you fail to avoid water when the canyon is wet. If there is a lot of recent rain you may find a couple spots to bridge / galumph to get over a pool. There are 3 drops near the head of the canyon that can be set as rappels and can add to the rap count. All 3 of these drops are easily bypassed on the RDC side making them completely optional. This route description does not call these rappels but some people may.  Keep this in mind if your rap count differs from this description. Driving Directions To get to the Trailhead From the junction of highways 95 and 276 (about 25 miles south of Hanksville) drive southeast on highway 95 for 7.2 miles to the Hog Springs parking area on the right (pkHogSprings).  This is a large parking area with bathrooms on the right.  Park here to start the route. To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as a loop route. Details The Approach: From Hog Springs parking area (pkHogSprings) walk west up Hog Canyon about 650 feet to a side ravine coming in from the left (south). From the side ravine (jHogWarts) look at the left (southeast) side to the large ravine / side canyon. Note a much smaller and more shallow ravine like feature running up the left (north) side of the large ravine.  Leave the Hog Canyon drainage and route find your way up that smaller ravine paralleling the large ravine. The first 300 feet of the ascent is semi steep then it levels off a bit.  About 900 feet from the Hog Canyon drainage the route drops into the large ravine you had been paralleling just above a large drop. From the top of the large drop (Hogwarts01) walk up canyon a little over 100 feet to the bottom of a rubble filled ramp going up the left (northeast) side. From the bottom of the rubble filled ramp (Hogwarts02) go about 200 feet to where it tops out on the next higher level. From the top of the ramp (Hogwarts03) route find your way southeast up the left side and find your way a few hundred feet up to the ridge above. Travel up the LUC side at an angle up away from the drainage and kind of contouring up canyon and up ridge at the same time. Once up on the ridge (Hogwarts04) follow south up the ridge then down to a shallow saddle a few hundred feet away.  From this ridge you have good views down to the Hogwarts drainage about 500 feet to the east. From the shallow saddle (Hogwarts05) route find your way southeast down the ravine about 450 feet down into the Hogwarts drainage (yHogwartsTp). The Canyoneering / Technical Section: Once down in Hogwarts at the head of the canyon (yHogwartsTp) start north down canyon.  Shortly down canyon is a short drop to bypass RDC before getting to a series of 3 drops to bypass on the RDC side. The three drops (Hogwarts06) can be rappelled if desired but all 3 easily bypassed on the RDC side. If rappelled the first drop is about 40 feet. There are rocks, bushes and other options for these drops if you decide to set anchors for rappel. Otherwise bypass and downclimb around each of these on the RDC side. Rap 1 is about 250 feet down canyon. Rap 1 (dHogwartsR1) you can rap down through the water course over a two stage rap using one of many anchor options. We decided to avoid the water at the bottom and used an anchor from a large rock out a ways on the RDC rim to rap about 50 feet down to the canyon floor past the water. Rap 2 is about 150 feet down canyon. Rap 2 (dHogwartsR2) is anchored from a pinch between a large choke stone and the LDC wall and drops about 50 feet to the bottom. This arch is well worth the visit to rap through. From the bottom of rap 3 is a short scramble down to a sandy area that can have water if full from recent rains. Just after rap 2 is some galumphing down to a silo (Hogwarts07) you need to stem over. The stem over the silo is not too wide and is more of a galumph than a stem. While relatively easy it is still possible to slip down into the semi keeper pothole below. Keep a rope handy to help people across if needed. After is short section to galumph down through before getting to a sandy area where you walk out to the next rap. Rap 3 (dHogwartsR3) is anchored from an arch between pockets in the wall on the RDC side back from the drop a bit and about head high then drops about 75 feet and over a couple ledges. From the bottom of rap 3 it is a 300 foot walk out to rap 4. Rap 4 (dHogwartsR4) is anchored from a large flat rock laying on the RDC rim and drops about 90 feet with some free hang on the upper half.  From the bottom of the rap walk the wash about 300 feet out to North Wash and the highway (yHogwartsBt).  The Exit: From the North Wash drainage (yHogwartsBt) You can scramble up to the highway on the other side then turn left to walk northwest about 0.34 miles back to the car. Optionally you can turn left and walk up the drainage of North Wash about 900 feet up to a huge alcove (HogAlcove) up on the bank for a scenic walk through. The alcove / arch is huge and is pretty interesting to check out. After looking at the arch continue up the North Wash drainage back to the cars.


A little tricky to find the spur off the main trail. Fantastic rappel below the arch. The keeper was dry after the second rappel so we missed the rappel anchor above and saw it after we were through. The last rappel anchor is a sketchy. A pile of rocks on a large rock slab perched on a mild slope.. If there was ever a need for bolted anchors, This would be an ideal situation.

U of U Canyoneering Level 2 - Led 5 students through

U of U Canyoneering Level 2 - Led 6 students through, along with Spencer Clegg.


Decent partial scramble approach; the larger cluster of trees after coming down from the top of the scramble offers a good place to suit up. Semi-keeper pot hole would be a stem option once you see what it looks like. Cross to the road prior to or just after the petroglyph alcove to avoid getting feet wet. Really nice rappels with some free hang at the end.

Rough, steep approach. Do when cool. Mandy can do. Fun rappels.



Completed with Sarah Vancouwenberghe, Ryan Konesky, Danny Ryan, and Timmy Ryan



Went with Matt, Jordan, and Landon. It had been raining the previous week and there was some standing water that we were able to avoid.


Led down group of 4, used 120 and pull cord. full canyon but avoided all water.

fall break car camping trip

Completed with Nick Wrzesinski and Andrew Stoye along with Left Fork of Blarney

Worth seeing once. Pretty, easy, and fun.

Canyoneering II

The anchors are super low which make it a little awkward. I took my dog and it was pretty rough managing her with the low anchors. Other than that a great short canyon with fun repels


BEAUTIFUL! Epic rappel through a huge arch! Super short and easy to access!


Completed with Devin Stratton, Dallin Hill, Andrew Petersen, and Alicia Card for Bail our Belt filming

Thanksgiving family adventure

awesome rappel! Did it with Bennett, Nathan, Steph, Abbie, another girl, Dingus Dave, and his friend.

Fun little canyon with Joel, Syna, Whitney and me. Steep short approach, fast rappels right after another, fairly open, was dry. The bridge was really cool


05/13/2017 Fun trip watch for the jawa

The last rappel is 95' not 89', more like a moab canyon not much slot but beautiful


Sweet and short canyon! Accidentally brought a 30m rope instead of a 60m (I know, I know). We got through the 1st 2 raps fine, went off the side on the 3rd and downclimbed the rest. 4th rap one of us went off single strand and noticed we could stop off at a ledge. Pulling the rope was an ordeal. Went to the car and got another rope to tie to one end to help with the pull angle. We made it out fine, luckily. Read the directions carefully, kids!

Tracy, Judy, Liz and I. Route finding seemed random but Tracy led the way having done it before. Weather seemed soso but held off with no rain at all. Liz had a hard time w/ her height at the semi-keeper pot hole. Fun rappels, cool arches.

First ever! Super fun. I struggled over the semi keeper pot hole but Heidi Haas gave me the hand to help me succeed.





First canyon ever! Nervous on the first rap, got used to it after, very fun. Team: Dylan, Todd, Megan, Logan, Lily, Jamin, Jonnah, Kyle.

Great afternoon canyon, we loved the rappels

Went with Brian Merrell and Landon. It was Brian's first canyon. He wasn't a huge fan of rapping off a mini arch in a big boulder but he did it.

Sweet canyon! Fun rapping through the arch.



did 1st time solo in fall 2014 did 2nd time in may 2015

This was my first canyoneering trip. Went with experienced climbers no issues and a great time.


what a classic canyon to do. Just pure fun!

Finished up a day with a quick trip through this canyon






Fun little short canyon. Never really stuffed rope back in the bag till the end.

3hc2c, bill,roxy,pie,me. dry, notkeeper.took 100ft&PC.