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Grant Creek CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 10 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles   10 Hrs      0.80 mph
2,600 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
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Started a weekend canyoneering trip to Mt Graham by hitting his longer 'less interesting' technical canyon on the first day and was pleasantly surprised to find yet another sweet canyon tucked away on this lush sky island. :y: Dropped down upper Grant Canyon from the road and passed many great mini falls and cascades while bushwhacking thru the wet forrest before hitting the first rappel. It looked possibly bypassable but the rock is so slick that we figured it best to just rappel it at around 100ft. The canyon then drops thru a cool & slick chute section. I thought it'd be sweet to do a 8ft slide but was quite shocked when the slick rock prevented me from stopping and I took a bend and continued uncontrollably another 20 feet down the chute. :o Thankfully some small pools and my grippy shoes were enough to stop me from continuing on another 20ft onto the hard unforgiving rocks below... :whistle: After much more rock hopping & bushwhacking we reached the 200ft falls and broke it up by rappelling 70ish feet to a ledge with an anchor option. When everyone was good with my anchor choice we pulled ropes and continued another 130ish feet down the rest of these sweet falls. This rappel sequence made the whole canyon worthwhile IMHO. :D It was late afternoon by the time we reached the bottom, a storm was slowing working its way towards us, so after dropping gear we hastily hiked down canyon to join up with the Grant Creek trail for the steep hike out. :sweat: It was steep yet tolerable since it was at a decent grade. The rain & hail pounded upon us for the last couple miles so the concrete restrooms at the TH were a much welcome relief to rest in & change into dry clothes. :lol:

I'm a little split on whether to call the canyon a 3A or 3C since it's not a wild flowing canyon by any means... That final falls put you thru the flow but it just gets you a lil wet and of course the slippery rock to deal with throughout the canyon. No wetsuit is needed in the summer but I guess I'll call it a 3C to warn people of the wet slippery rock. ;)
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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