Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
Overview: Red Wall Canyon located in the central Grapevine Mountains, has some of the finest narrows in the park- A succession of tight corridors that wind deep beneath soaring red walls. The impressive "first narrows" is guarded by a "gate keeper", a 25 foot fall that most hikers will find a challenge to climb both up and down (as of this writing, there was a secure rope in-place allowing strenuous access up this three segment 25 footer) to the most beautiful first narrows segment in Red Wall Canyon that resides beyond. The "second narrows" also has a fall. This 12 foot fall (without an attached rope), is easier to climb up/down than the first one, but can still be a challenge for the average hiker. Note: It is highly recommended that you hike with a partner "and" bring a 25'+ rope to tie your day packs or backpacks to for later pull-up after you have successfully negotiated up/down these two falls.
This hike description and route guides you into the less dramatic "third narrows" before ending .3 miles from its end past the first significant side canyon (a .15ml hike in) to the north which is blocked by an impressive, towering drop-off, impressive high walls, and beautiful polished cascades banded in gray and orange.
The challenge of the falls, the scenic beauty that lures you further in, and the unusual geology of this colorful canyon combine to make a particularly delightful day hike.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.