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Orderville Canyon, UT

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Distance One Way 10 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,432 feet
Elevation Gain 1 feet
Avg Time One Way 5-9 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 10
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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19  2010-06-18 nonot
Author nonot
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 236
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  5:10am - 7:54pm
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It's better from the top.
by nonot

Likely In-Season!
Overview: An easy technical canyoneering trip with 1-2 very short rappels, and following the lower few miles or the Zion Narrows to Temple of Sinewava.

Warning: You will need a 30 ft rope and rappelling gear to complete this trip. Flash floods are a danger in canyoneering. Always check the weather before canyoneering and do not go if there is any chance of rain.

Note: The rangers close this hike whenever the Virgin river is above 140cfs.

Hike: From the trailhead just west of north fork rd, head down the 4x4 rd, which is bad for the first few tenths of a mile and follow it down until you reach the Orderville drainage at the bottom. Follow the road (now in good condition) through cattle grazing areas along the sides of the creek. Eventually the road will end, as will the water flowing in the creek. Follow the good trail along the dry creek bed and down a steep section which bypasses a steep cliff.

The trail after this is the course of the creek and you will rock hop your way down the drainage as it deepens. An impressive partial arch is spotted soon on the left LDC. Soon you will encounter the border boulder, the first major obstacle. This can be done as a short rappel from a two bolt anchor on right LDC, a stemming downclimb, or if you go anything soon, a climb down a rabbit hole through the obstacle.

Continuing on, the canyon gets narrower and you will be out of the sun for the most of the time. Water comes in when you are within 2 miles of the narrows. The water will turn from a trickle into a small stream. You will encounter the second major obstacle, which will require a short rappel over a small waterfall, from a bolted anchor on left LDC.

After this, you will downclimb several obstacles and enjoy the beauty of the canyon through several more waterfalls and narrows. Crimson monkey flower and some yellow columbine line the slick sandstone walls and adds a touch of color to the sinuous slot. When you start running into hikers coming up, you know you are close to the narrows. When you reach them, turn left and wade through the colder water in the wider canyon back to the riverside trail, which you take to the Temple of Sinewava trailhead.

Water Sources: Bring a few liters.

Camping: Many will camp in Zion, though you might be able to dry camp at the trailhead.

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2010-06-24 nonot
  • nps related
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Information is listed below

Zion National Park
Zion Per Car/7 Day Entrance Fee (Permits such as backcountry and such may pertain too)

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To canyon trip
From Springdale, Utah, with your Zion entry fee (see link above for fees), leave one vehicle near the visitor center (or at your campsite if camping in the park), pick up your permit (see link above for fees, then navigate on NPS site to backcountry permit) (do this the day before) and head east on highway 9 through the tunnel and out the east park entrance. Go north on North Fork Rd for 11.2 miles. It becomes a dirt/clay rd after awhile and is passable in a car when dry. I wouldn't recommend anyone try it when it is raining though. Either park here or turn left past the orderville sign and park at the trailhead next to the fence.
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