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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.
A slot Canyon hike, fishing trip
Jackass Canyon is a slot canyon in the northern part of the Grand Canyon in Marble Canyon. It is one of the northern most ways to access the river south of Lee's Ferry. The creek only flows after a rainfall. Most people that take this route are fisherman that are looking for an easy route to get to the Colorado River. Nonetheless it also makes for a nice hike through a slot canyon. The canyon walls are not smooth like alot of slot canyons, but are composed of stratified flat layers. Jackass Canyon is on the Navajo Reservation and your suppose to obtain a permit to hike it. You can pic one up at Cameron on Highway 89, or call (928) 679-2303. Most people do not realize this and hike it anyway without one.
From the highway walk into the drainage to the west. There are 2 barbed wire fences you must cross. The canyon deepens quickly, but the hiking is easy. About 45 minutes later you will arrive to a 30 foot drop off with a pool below. There are ropes left here to make you climb easier. You can down climb without them without too much difficulty. After you get down the canyon narrows down for a short while. At this point you can start to hear the Colorado River. Further on down you will have to scramble over, under large boulders and around and pools. You will see some yellow arrows pointing the possible "best" way. Choosing the best way is not always obvious. About 1.5 hours later you will see a sign that reads, "Grand Canyon National Park (permits required for overnight camping, firearms prohibited)." Soon after you will be at the Colorado River. You will be able to see Badger Creek rapids.
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