Last minute moderate canyon trip thrown together because a BIG canyon trip up north just couldn't be thrown together in time...
We started from the Barnhardt TH and hiked the Y Bar trail 2 or so miles and dropped into Shake Tree Canyon just above the cliffband and the canyon drops into an obvious narrows. The sweet narrows starts off with two shorts drops of 20ft or so and some light down climbing before arriving at the big boy. Either a tricky down climb or short 10ft rappel gets you to a deadman anchor for the freaking awesome 160ft angled rappel down a curved chute which drops you into a beautiful section of the canyon. Just below the big falls, a slick down climb put you at a short 10ft waterfall rappel and just around the corner is another optional rappel or slick down climb and/or jump in a pool. Just around the corner from that is a slick 50ft double drop waterfall rappel with some more down climbing past that. We found a nice sunny place to warm up and take a lunch break down in there while soaking in the amazing canyon views & sunshine. After that we hit a 50ft rappel #7 around a huge chockstone down a chute into a pool with a short drop below that with rappel #8 just beyond that, which was a 25ft slick falls. The technical section ended soon afterwards and it got thickly vegetated real fast, but we dropped our gear and hiked up a side drainage on the left back up to the ridge and trail above. From there it was just another 2 or so easy trail miles back to the Barnhardt TH.
Such a great moderate waterfall canyon, that's good for experienced canyon hikers that haven't done any waterfall rappels before.
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p