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May 29 2016
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 29 2016
GrottoGirl
Canyoneering5.27 Miles 2,291 AEG
Canyoneering5.27 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.23 mph
2,291 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
 
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justmike
Since I wasn't aware of any sneak routes for this canyon I decide to come up with own using the Calloway trail. We used 142B as our access. Anything has to be better than the long slog down WCC we did the previous time. When we suited up I thought my 5mm wetsuit was overkill. I was freaking hot! So instead of avoiding the pool in the middle of rappel #1 I jumped right in. Since I was cooled off I was quite happy after that! Especially in the swim section after the second rappel. We rappelled the 'optional' one - I didn't feel it was optional for me. Then the last rappel was pretty cool as it had a short overhang.

When we got to WCC we jumped into a deep pool (be sure to scout for rocks as the creek can change) to complete our rinse cycle! We left our wetsuits on to finish our route up creek to the Calloway trail. This section of WCC is very pretty. There is however a couple sections of dense foliage. Over the summer routes probably become established but the plants were winning the battle over Memorial Day weekend.

The Calloway is a nice route out!

We made wonderful pizzas in camp that night.
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Sep 10 2015
CoryTallman
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26 male
 Joined Jun 19 2015
 San Tan Valley A
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 10 2015
CoryTallman
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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Sep 05 2015
CoryTallman
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 665
 Triplogs 55

26 male
 Joined Jun 19 2015
 San Tan Valley A
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 05 2015
CoryTallman
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.83 mph
1,200 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Aug 16 2014
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 16 2014
Pivo
Canyoneering4.70 Miles 1,699 AEG
Canyoneering4.70 Miles
1,699 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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GrottoGirl
RedwallNHops
We arrived on Friday night driving from Tucson, setup camp then went to bed. I slept in Saturday morning, and not being fully caffeinated was a little sluggish.

X-Pine was fun, we didn't need the wetsuits. However the slog through WCC was frustrating; most of us took many falls, knee bumps, ending up with an array of bruises. The boulders in the creek bed are slimy slippery. You have been warned.

No photos, I didn't protect my camera from water.
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Aug 16 2014
RedwallNHops
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 16 2014
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering4.70 Miles 1,699 AEG
Canyoneering4.70 Miles
1,699 ft AEG
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GrottoGirl
Pivo
Glad to finally knock this one off. Fun day. Nice canyon, but I may be ok with not doing it again. The stretch of WCC is beautiful but pretty tough.
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Aug 16 2014
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 16 2014
GrottoGirl
Canyoneering4.70 Miles 1,699 AEG
Canyoneering4.70 Miles   7 Hrs   57 Mns   0.59 mph
1,699 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
 
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RedwallNHops
This was Mark's first WCC trip. We introduced him to some of our sandstone techniques such as partner captures and friction. I think from now on he will wear long sleeves!

X-Pine doesn't have as many problems to work out as some of the other canyons in West Clear Creek, so if the road wasn't so bad (we figured we got a great ab workout in the Land Cruiser) and if the 2 miles in West Clear Creek wasn't so tough ( we swam and slipped all the way down stream!) it would be a great beginner trip.
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Sep 29 2012
sbkelley
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35 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 29 2012
sbkelley
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   8 Hrs      0.63 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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desert_boonie
Ragnarok
This was a nice change from Bear and Sundance. Of my limited sample size of 3, I'd say it was the best canyon yet! The drive in is definitely a challenge and slow-going, but Mike did a great job driving in. We parked before the road started dropping in earnest towards the rim, striking across easy and open forest terrain toward X-Pine. Finding the side drainage was easy enough, and we picked our way around brush and fallen logs, dropping us into the canyon. Fall colors were starting to appear, even though the morning was warm.

After a few easy downclimbs, we hit the first rappel, which is the two-step drop with a pool/ledge about halfway down. Ken went first and dropped put of sight to the bottom of the pitch. When he did, our ropes shifted over the top and into an ill-placed obnoxious bush, requiring some engineering by me and Mike to correct and reset before everyone else could descend. Rich, on his first rappel, was very patient as we schemed. We figured it out though, and what's canyoneering without a little problem-solving?

From there, the rappels come rapid-fire, and a couple of them are overhanging at the start, which always keeps you alert. Only one somewhat deep pool was there, and Ken actually was able to cross it, walking with the water level at chest height. I was glad to have a borrowed wetsuit this time, a nice change from the shivering of Bear and Sundance.

The real highlight/challenge though, comes when you enter West Clear Creek. About this time, my camera battery died, but the other photos put up by previous posters more than do the place justice. It's stunningly beautiful as you travel, but progress is slow and balance is nearly impossible on the slippery, silty river rocks beneath the water's surface. Some of the swims are long, particularly near your exit point, and we were all ready to leave the water for dry land when Tule Canyon came along. The trail wasted no time getting us up the hill, offering dramatic views of the canyon. A great epic day and good team, as always.
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Sep 29 2012
desert_boonie
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39 male
 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 29 2012
desert_boonie
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   8 Hrs      0.63 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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sbkelley
Another WCC Canyon i'm glad to have done and glad it was over when it was. Those long slogs out tend to get old and i've only done 2 of them. But I will say the exit section in WCC was simply amazing. Much more narrow and the long swims made it awesome. X-Pine Canyon was great, the drive in made me jealous as I was in the backseat and not driving this time, but Mike did a great job and his truck didn't let us down one bit. The short hike to the side canyon drop in was easy as this area opens up giving you a different feel from the rest of the area i've been in before up there. Once in X-Pine the scattered bones, skulls, and fall colors made the canyon a great place to be. The weather was perfect and our group made good time. The rappels offered a few new things for us but we were able to overcome the little things that went wrong and avoided any horrific outcomes. The water was chilly, but nothing too bad in this canyon compared to the others I have been in. X-Pine doesn't really have the true narrows as some of the others, but I really did enjoy this canyon and it is probably my favorite one in the area i've done. We were surprised to run into a huge family/group at our exit point into WCC. They saw we had to swim and offered us a boat they had down there but we turned it down not knowing any better. But the long swims in the narrow sections of WCC made the trip worth it. Nothing beats swimming backwards laying against your pack and watching everyone else smile and enjoy the swim as well. Was glad Tule Canyon was where it was and we were able to exit and get out of the chilly water and dry off on the steep hike out. The views of WCC towards the top in this section were incredible. Amazing area and day.
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May 19 2012
knmurphy
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39 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 19 2012
knmurphy
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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Jul 23 2011
Vaporman
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 23 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering12.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
Canyoneering12.50 Miles1 Day   4 Hrs      
2,500 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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I was looking to get away for the weekend and explore the beautiful WCC by dropping into one of the central sections that I hadn't been thru in a few years. I did so by dropping in via this technical X-Pine canyon and heading downstream towards the White Box. :)

After work Sat morning, I drove north and parked at the 142 & 142B and walked the eastern rim of X-Pine until I got to a good spot to drop in. The canyon is easy enough until you get near the confluence and then it has a quick fun narrows section. I had my 150ft rope with me and it was plenty for the few 40-60ft drops with a few exposed down climbs. :sweat: Reaching the confluence with WCC was def one of the highlights of the weekend. SO beautiful and super relaxing to go take a dip in the large swimming hole. Sleeping on the angled rocks wasn't too bad but it's def not for everyone. :lol: Slept in the next morning to give everything time to warm up a little before crawling out of my bag and jumping into the cool creek. So many great swimmers to cool in the section from X-Pine to the power lines. Just downstream of the power lines, I ventured up that side canyon on the northside and was soon stopped by a dramatic 80-100ft drop. The canyon prob doesn't narrow up much and not have any other drops but it did have at least that one cool drop. :) And near the confluence, I was able to scout out a debris chute and took me halfway out of the canyon and if I had more time I prob could have found a route up to the rim or at least to above that big drop... Once back down in WCC, I continued on and played in the amAZing White Box a bit before making my way up the White Box trail. :sweat: There was a storm across the way that was fun to watch since it appeared to be moving away, but then it changed directions or something and passed right over me. I went running under a tree to seek refuge from the heavy rain and hail but a few lightning stirkes came rather close so perhaps a tree wasn't the safest bet. :o Once the storm calmed down, I had miles upon miles of muddy forrest road to get back to my car. :sweat:

All in all, another great relaxing overnight in the beautiful West Clear Creek. :D
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Oct 16 2010
AHOTE
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 Photos 32
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 Joined Nov 05 2006
 Chandler, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 16 2010
AHOTE
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
III - Normally requires most of a day
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4x4 road in sucked. Canyon was very cool with a bunch of rappels very close together. Exit through West Clear Creek was long and slippery. Wasn't too chilly in a 2mm wetsuit
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Oct 16 2010
azflyguy
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35 male
 Joined May 31 2009
 Scottsdale,AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 16 2010
azflyguy
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Oct 13 2010
suzaz
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 Joined Nov 23 2003
 Gold Canyon, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 13 2010
suzaz
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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We had intended to do Wilbur but altered our plans when I had an alarm clock glitch. X-Pine is a sweet little canyon. The gorgeous exit through WCC included LOTS and LOTS of swimming through long deep pools of water. It was a bit chilly even with the wetsuits on.
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Sep 04 2010
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 04 2010
toddak
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles   11 Hrs      1.09 mph
1,500 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Few places better than WCC to escape the never-ending summer heat, and X-Pine drops you into one of the best stretches. Once through X-Pine, stayed in the cool creek all they way down to the White Box / Hanging Gardens exit, with a perfect late afternoon swim through the Box before the long slog out. Not much left of nonot's logjam, the long passage under the power lines is clear.
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Jul 30 2010
SparkyJackie
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32 female
 Joined Jan 29 2009
 Murray, UT
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 30 2010
SparkyJackie
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles   7 Hrs      0.71 mph
1,200 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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After getting our 4x4 truck unstuck from all the mud, we found our parking destination, geared up, and set out for X-Pine. Luckily we passed over the one short ridge and hit the canyon fairly quickly turning left and following the ravine down in.

For this adventure, we really didn't encounter much. It was a lovely canyon and it was nice to do with a small group (thee of us). We got our way too thick for canyoneering rope stuck twice and had to ascend it to get it back, twice!

Once we hit WCC, the "mile" out seemed a bit longer than I would have expected but I love the narrow portion where we swam under logs. This trip was just so very beautiful!
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May 31 2010
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 31 2010
nonot
Canyoneering7.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Canyoneering7.50 Miles   9 Hrs      0.83 mph
1,200 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Had to walk a distance to/from this canyon, but it was a great way to enjoy a Sunday. While not as strenuous as the previous day, it was still fun with a few nice rappels, some great swimming and wading, and great weather and scenery. :y:

WARNING: For those attemping a WCC through hike in the near future, the gorge with a mandatory swim below the powerlines east of Tule trail is choked with logs. This log jam soup is a bobbing mass of unstable, snagging, obstacles that will require some caution to get through safely!
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May 15 2010
Vaporman
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
X-Pine CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 15 2010
Vaporman
Canyoneering7.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Canyoneering7.50 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   0.91 mph
1,300 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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I did the entry & exit for this canyon a little different than what Todd suggests in the book and I think I prefer my way! :D I got my car almost to the FR142 & FR142B (Calloway) junction and we road walked up 142B a mile or so before heading west to the eastern rim of upper X-Pine and followed that another half mile before finding an easy slope to drop into the middle part of the canyon. We hit a few extra down climbs and setup an additional rappel that aren't in Todd's beta, but it just added more to the adventure. :sweat: I hadn't heard too many great reviews of this canyon, so I really wasn't expecting too much though I found this canyon's narrows to be pretty sweet! :) The narrows start off with brushy 40ft rappel down to a pool & ledge of the dryfalls with a bolt to perform another 50ft rappel. Here we put on our wetsuits and did another 50ft drop with a very cold swimmer below and further downstream hit another 35ft rap just before hitting the WCC. Once at the beautiful WCC, we stopped for a snack break and warmed up in the glowing sun. :sweat: Once we were rested up, we rock hopped/bushwhacked/waded/swam upstream the amazing WCC about 1.5 miles to the Calloway trail and dropped our wetsuits for the steep climb back up to the rim. Once up on top, it was just a relatively easy 2.5 mile road walk back to our parking spot. :sweat: So I did the loop different than Todd's book but this way involved less road walking for us 2wd drivers and the extra bolt meant we only needed one 200ft rope. :D
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