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Paria CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 05 2014
toddak
Canyoneering38.00 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering38.00 Miles   15 Hrs      2.53 mph
300 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
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Perfect day for a Paria Canyon ultramarathon, warm and breezy with some high clouds. Even better, the Paria was flowing clear and clean the whole way, none of the usual grey / green silty murk-water anywhere, and not much mud.

The water disappeared underground just below the trailhead and did not resurface again until about the 7 mile mark near the Buckskin confluence, so apparently any high country snow melt and surface run-off is long gone. This made for relatively easy canyoneering through endless miles of absolutely amazing colors, textures, shapes and scenery. There was still the 38 mile thing, but since JuanJaimeiii and uphill junkie had already shown it could be done in a day, it was mainly a matter of persistence.

Even though I didn't need them, all the usual springs appeared to be flowing well enough. Fantastic canyon.
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