After doing this canyon's sister canyon, Insomnia Canyon, it was only a matter of time before I had to make another run down this amAZingly beautiful canyon and still my fav technical canyon in the state.
I was again sucessful in talking the group into avoiding the ridiculous 3 hour shuttle and instead looping back up the AB Young trail but it's def not for the faint of heart.
This time we dropped in the western upper fork avoiding a couple rappels but getting a solid dose of bushwhacking... The canyon hasn't changed one bit from last summer with about 14 rappels
that are just way too many to keep track of, loads of down climb, chilly swimmers, rock hopping, and a few potential keepers. The pools in the upper narrows were mostly full, the middle cave-like section wasn't quite so dark with the sun being directly overheard, but the keepers in the lower canyon were anywhere from 3-12inches below the lip. Another month without much rain and those keepers could prove rather challenging.
The two longer rappels near the end are about 90-100ft and are easily the most scenic and easiest to photograph but try your best not to destroy the moss while on rappel... Once at West Fork, we dropped gear and made out way thru the sweet Subway section and then booked it down the trail to the highway. Some nice folks gave us a ride down the highway to Bootlegger CG where we crossed the creek and started huffing it back up the AB Young trail.
Sarah & I were making good time, so we ran ahead and brought the vehicle back to the gate so the others had a shorter hike. Such an amazing canyon and section of the rim that I wouldn't mind descending twice a summer, but it's a toss up on whether it's better to car shuttle or hike back up.