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Telephone 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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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance Lasso-Loop 10 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,274 feet
Elevation Gain 2,800 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,000 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7-12 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 25
Interest Off Trail Hiking
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Author nonot
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Routes 236
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:19am - 6:31pm
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by nonot

Overview: A 3AIII/3AIV canyon in Zion National Park with rappels up to 120 ft.

Warning: Canyoneering involves rappelling slot canyons. Always check the weather before you depart and do not go if there is any chance of rain.

Make sure you go with proper gear, which for this canyon will likely be 2x200 ft ropes. A shorter rope, perhaps a 100 fter will prove useful in this canyon if you are willing to bring it.

History: Named for a telephone line which went up the west rim near this canyon.

Hike: From the Grotto Trailhead, cross the bridge and begin the steep hike up towards Angel's Landing, ascending the "Walter's Wiggles" switchbacks until you reach Scout Lookout. Bypass the trail heading up Angel's Landing and get on the West Rim trail as it climb up, then down, and through Little Siberia. Ascend as you pass Behunin drainage until you reach the top of the West Rim, 2.5-3.5 hrs, 5 miles, and approximately 2800 ft in elevation gain from your starting point. Find the telephone trail near the old cabin and walk about a half mile until you observe the canyon on the right. Find the head of the canyon where it goes from shallow drainage into a dark abyss. Find the tree on right LDC. From this tree you have 2 options: rappel down approximately 190 ft, or do it the fun way, which involves a 30 ft rappel with tricky, steep traverse to a tree. It would be desirable to use the tails, or another rope to help pull the first rappeller towards the tree from the rim, should the first rappeller slip off the traverse. From the tree rap about 120 ft into a sculpted pothole and downclimb about 30 ft to the landing area and next anchor.

From here the rappels come quick and furious, seldom is there much distance beween raps. Make sure you locate the next anchor before pulling your ropes, as some of the setups are for double rappels. Halfway down the canyon becomes slanted and the rappelling and downclimbing is slightly uncomfortable due to having to negotiate this tilt for a long time. Eventually you will reach the bottom and downclimb a few trees. After a long string of small pots, exit right LDC along the slickrock and descend slightly as you make a beeline for the west rim trail. Find a good place to cross the drainage coming from the east side of Behunin Pass and climb up a short distance on the slickrock to find the west rim trail. Head back down the trail to the Grotto.

Water Sources: There is a spring at the top of the west rim, along the trail near the cabin. Bring a filter.

Camping: In Zion Nat'l Park at the South Campground or Watchman.

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2010-07-30 nonot
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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.

Most recent Triplog Reviews
Telephone Canyon
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A nice canyon to do once, definitely long and hot day with the 106 temps, plus the fact that this canyon isn't all that shaded.

A thunderstorm arriving prevented the daily double with Behunin. Luckily we finished early because a couple of guys got injured in a Spry Canyon flash flood the same afternoon.
Telephone Canyon
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The first day of 4 amazing days playing in Zion! :y: We hiked up the West Rim trail past Angels Landing, past Behunin Pass, up on the West Rim and then north to drop into this upper Telephone Canyon. :sweat: This canyon was mostly dry & kinna warm this time of year, has great down canyon views of Zion canyon in the distance, and featured a dozen or so interesting rappels. :sweat: The canyon starts off with a 30ft slanting rappel/down climb to a tree rigged for a mostly free hanging 100ft drop. After a quick snake thru some narrows, you hit a 50ft drop and another 30ft drop from bolts. The next couple rappels come soon afterwards and are slanting angled rappels which are quite awkward to descend. :roll: This is followed by a normal 70ft vertical half free hanging rappel into a half-grotto that made a great place for a lunch break before down climbing some slickrock. After a short walk, we hit the next section with a handful of short rappels in the 15-40ft range. Most of these had awkward starts from chockstones and dropped you further into the light narrows before ending with a larger 60ft drop. After that final rappel the canyon snakes a bit with some light obstacles and bushwhacking, but the canyon soon opens up into Little Siberia. :D

We've canyoneered a few times together, so we've gotten pretty good at rope management and leap frogging each other on the many rappels to prevent us from getting slowed down at any of the many rappels. :sweat: We were planning on doing Behunin Canyon afterwards but a major thunderstorm rolling across the east rim in the distance crashed our party. :roll: Instead we ran down the West Rim trail, back past Angels Landing, and down the the valley floor while watching the canyons & buttes across get hammered with lightning & walls of rain. We later learn that three canyoneers got injured when Spry Canyon flashed on them. :o

Permit $$

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

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To canyon trip
Zion Nat'l Park is located north of Springdale, UT. Park entrance is per vehicle, canyon permits and camping are extra.

Canyon shuttles run up and down the canyon all day. For this trip you will use the Grotto Trailhead.
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