With the Anchas flowing good and this weekend opening up, this seemed like the perfect canyon to hit this weekend.
My buddy worked the graveyard shift, hence the late start and camping just above the lower narrows of Park Creek. I was hurting also from a cold so a halfday that first day worked out good for both of us.
The hike to upper Park Canyon isn't that bad and goes by fast plus it's so sweet to see the first waterfall section after all that work to reach it.
We did a few of the rappels that Saturday afternoon before retiring for the night on some flat creekside red quartzite.
Sunday was the bulk of the canyon loop for us and we were all suited up for the lower wet Park Canyon with it's pools and slickrock. I elected to do the 40ft slide while by buddies rappelled it.
From that sweet pool room we did another 50ft rappel under the arch to reach the rocky creekbed of upper Salome Creek. Mucho rock hopping, creek wading, and light bushwhacking is required to reach the Grotto section but it is SO worth it.
The upper part of those narrows involved some small slides and sweet jumps into the Grotto Pool itself. More boulder climbing thru the narrows to reach the simul-rappel spot with a swim under a boulder bridge.
We were kinna miffed to find some food trash down in this section??? Who hiked cans and large plastic bags in here?
Careless hikers or hunters or maybe it washed down from above? I picked some of it up and moved it away from the pool, but it was too much trash and too far yet to go for us to haul it out...
Another waterfall rappel, a few more pools, a nice jump, and a few more slides and we were at the confluence with Workman Creek and dropping gear. The hike up Workman is a bit of a challenge esp to get up out of the creek and bushwhack past that 50ft falls but it certainy is a sweet falls. Some more creek hiking and we're on the trail proper and hiking up the steep Hell's Hole trail.
I was still dragging rear from my cold so it was SO nice to hit some flatish trail up on top yet we still had a few miles to go to reach the TH. Such an amAZing canyon loop but you def have to EARN this one.