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Shake Tree Canyon, AZ
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Payson, AZ
 
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns    0.68 mph
3,000 ft AEG   
3C III
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Y Bar Trail #44
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SparkyJackie
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. :sweat: 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. :y: 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. :D 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. :sweat: 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. :D
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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