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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This adventure begins with a very scenic hike to a beautiful waterfall and ends with a magnificent rappel through a short slot canyon and down the waterfall. The hike to the waterfall is a great trip for all family members. Bring the family for a picnic at the bottom of the waterfall and they can marvel at your skills as you descend from above.
This slot canyon is more in the tradition of European Canyoning and is not your typical Colorado Plateau Slot Canyon which we have all come to love and enjoy.
Gear Needed: 1 x 60m rope, 2 slings, typical rappelling gear (harness, carabiners, rappelling device, helmet). I strongly suggest using a wet suit or some type of protection from the cold water, even in the warmest summer, especially if you go with a large party. I did not use a wetsuit on my trip with 6 of us, but I did bring a spare change of clothes as I was freezing when I got to the car. Additionally I know that in Utah, we are not a helmet-friendly state, but I advise you to bring one because the stream has a habit of washing rocks and debris down at you.
Route Information: The Rocky Mouth Canyon Trail is signed and easy to follow. The trail leads to a spectacular Waterfall through a short slot canyon. The trail follows a neighborhood sidewalk for 1/4 mile and than a maintained dirt trail for 1/4 mile to the waterfall. The trail to the waterfall is a great family stroll and very easy for all ages.
The next part of this adventure is for experienced canyoneers only. To reach the top of the slot, scramble up the obvious gully located to the left (north) of the waterfall. The first ledge system which looks as if it leads to the top of the falls is 5.4 climbing with exposure, but it is a fun route to follow. If you continue up the gully a short distance you will reach a second ledge system which leads to the top of the falls and is 4th class scrambling. Pick your poison.
Route find your way to the top of the waterfall, navigation is easy. There are several large trees at the top of the falls which make great natural anchors. Take out your rope, put on your wetsuit and see you at the bottom.
The first rappel is 60' from a tree located at the lip of the waterfall. Rappel down two short drops to the large platform located at the top of the last section of waterfall. The second rappel is 70' down the center of the waterfall. The anchor is a sling located under the giant chokestone located in the center of the stream flow.
Canyon Information: Rocky Mouth Canyon is a technical canyon requiring a 1 mile round trip hike and will take less than 2 hours to complete. The first part of the canyon is a family stroll on a maintained trail. The second part of the canyon is a scramble and two rappels through a slot canyon and down a waterfall. This route has cold flowing water and footing can be slippery on the moss covered rocks.
The stream flowing over the falls is spring fed and flows year round. During spring and summer the current varies from moderate to very swift. During late summer and fall the stream flow is very mild. Water flow through this canyon varies greatly from day to day and from morning to afternoon in spring and summer. If you do NOT feel comfortable do NOT descend the slot.
Warning: In normal conditions this is a difficult rappel in a cold current. This canyon is very different from the typical Colorado Plateau Slot Canyon. During high water conditions getting trapped in mid rappel could be deadly. During high water this route is not for beginners, even with competent leadership.
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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.