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Sep 05 2020
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 05 2020
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering9.75 Miles 2,338 AEG
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Had planned on doing a summit which shall not be named in the Grand Canyon for labor day but we thought better of it due to the record heat...so put it off(again) and decided to go to WCC. Hadn't done this in years. Nice easy canyon, but basially did it for the swims. Perfect time for the white box with the warm temps
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Aug 14 2017
Peter_Medal
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50 male
 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 14 2017
Peter_Medal
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Perseid es Meteor Shower, two nights at Hanging Gardens was the plan. Nine of us rapped in via Meadow Canyon (the GPS route was from our Thur night car camp to the first rappel). It sprinkled on us Friday and a whole bunch on SAT.

I got poison ivy 2 years ago in WCC but nothing last year. When we saw the "leaves the three" one of the hike partners said, "ehh, that aint poison, its not shiny". Wrong. I got poison ivy, everywhere. Had to hit Urgent care for a Predno prescription. Leaves of three, let it be. In Meadow Canyon, the ivy is before the first rap on the west side of the drainage and approaching the second rap, again along the west side of the drainage. Most of the exposed Ivy is along the south side of WCC west of the HG and is not easily avoidable. There are some pockets on the trail east of the HG as well.

Explored above and around the gardens.

Got to eat a platter of steamed craw dads. Will do that again.
Added some things to our kitchen cache. We ate like kings.

One hike partner proposed to his gal and she said yes. He went to Hanging Gardens. Congrats.

Clouds did not allow any viewing of shooting stars. :?

On the way out, saw a family of coatimundi.

My Chevy Suburban is officially a Range Rover recovery vehicle.
Towed the Rover on that crap road 3 miles back to 260.

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Aug 19 2016
Peter_Medal
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50 male
 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 19 2016
Peter_Medal
Canyoneering7.32 Miles 2,432 AEG
Canyoneering7.32 Miles
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Friday night, nine of us car camped at my "secret trailhead" (cats officially out of the bag) which is exactly 4 miles from Highway 260. This road is slow going. Not for those that get car sick easily. High profile is a must. 4WD is not necessary except possibly in snow/mud/rain. Road Map to Car Camp: [ gps route ] This Car Camp is an ideal spot for those wishing to avoid the grueling extra 2 miles drive to the true HG TH, which, I think that portion of road is much much worse. Also, this an even tastier place to launch for a Meadow Canyon rap loop, just 1.29 miles back to car camp from the Hanging Gardens TH. I think next year I am going to mountain bike to Car Camp, so done with that drive. I'd rather watch water boil, or paint dry.

Friday night and Saturday morning there was no wind, no rain, beautiful sunrise and sunset. We built a rather girthy fire ring and left some ideal accessories for future trips (or others). We agreed we would launch at 7AM and I led my peeps on a 1.41 mile (bushwack) route to just before the first rappel into Meadow Canyon. Flawless. Planned route was 1.5 miles. There was an unavoidable swim through a large pool just before the first rap. A brisk little fully clothed swim with a backpack on will definitely wake ya up in the morning.

Meadow Canyon is an ideal canyon for beginner canyoneers... just 4 raps, none of which are that difficult. Our very experienced lead ropers (Joe and Jennifer) were awesome. They checked and re-checked each anchor and each connection. The first rap, Joe wanted everyone to take their backpacks off, just in case, which we slowly lowered down. The second rap of the day was only a 40' and was my first with a pack on. Funny, I am afraid of heights, but have no fear on a harness connected to a rope, climbing or rapping.

We got to the Hanging Gardens just about the time dark evil clouds rolled in. Not to long after we got our tents set up it started to rain. It was beautiful. I cant imagine to be in a better place then Hanging Gardens in a drizzly rain. My grill grate was still there left from last year. After everyone had a chance to take a power nap and get their evening accommodations dialed in the rain stopped. Time for wood harvest. Mike and I found a 4" to 6" 120lb +/- oak widow maker. Should be more then sufficient for the evening and morning fire. Kyle (ASUAvaitor) connected up with us and helped with the destruction of this oak beast and joined us for dinner.

By request, made two batches of a traditional beef stew with a slight twist, added chicken and Hatch green chilis. Think we were all lights out by Hikers Midnight. Not leaving the stew pot at camp to become canyon booty, have it well hid for next years feasts.

Sunday morning we all agreed to depart around 10am. Departing the HG, with full pack on, jumped off the rope to introduce the cold water sting we will be enduring through White Box. Video in and around the HG: https://youtube.com ... ZUMM

Once up top at the official HG TH, I mapped a slightly shorter bushwack back to TH, which ended up being just 1.29 miles vs. 1.5 from last year.

I think next year, an ideal way to do this would be to simply park inside the gate just off Highway 260 and mountain bike ride over to TH.

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May 28 2016
ECEGatorTuro
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39 male
 Joined Mar 04 2006
 Gilbert, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 28 2016
ECEGatorTuro
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles
1,000 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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Jun 21 2015
CoryTallman
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27 male
 Joined Jun 19 2015
 San Tan Valley A
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 21 2015
CoryTallman
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   0.84 mph
1,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break45 LBS Pack
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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Jul 04 2013
GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 04 2013
GrottoGirl
Canyoneering9.75 Miles 3,256 AEG
Canyoneering9.75 Miles2 Days         
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As though we hadn't already had a great adventure we had to throw in some canyoneering! We put together a group of 7 who had varying guiding, rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking skills to create a group who could really pull off some creative critical thinking!

We started our Canyoneering weekend the night before the 4th of July and car camped. Then we spent the Forth of July with Meadow Canyon. We planned to spend the night at Hanging Gardens so we had some loaded packs!

We parked near the tank and headed into the canyon. At first it was tame with just some boulder hopping. But soon we added some down climbing which is always a challenge with a loaded pack. Then came the rappels.

At each of the rappels we found webbing that when inspected look really new without any major wear. So we decided to go ahead and use it instead of adding more. We practiced not feeding out extra rope and descending with the rope bag to help speed up the process.

Meadow was pretty dry so we didn't have to encounter any canyon stew. It was all very straight forward and the rappels were fun. It was a nice way to start a weekend of canyoneering!

We got into West Clear Creek and I got out my favorite canyon gear - the pool float! From there we rock hopped and floated upstream to Hanging Garden.

I had invited a guide we had met on a Grand Canyon trip. She had done all kind of cool things all her life and I was hoping to impress her with Arizona's best. Hanging Garden and West Clear Creek didn't disappoint :) Everyone loved our night's destination. And the best part is that we had it all to ourselves (except for the scorpions and the crayfish)!

We played in the water for a while using out the new rope swing and our pool floats. Then Douglas and I went crayfish hunting. I have to admit that it was a lot of fun trying to sneak up on the little buggers. I had no intentions of eating them, but I was happy to catch them to provide others with a treat. The others (except for me and Joel) had a nice little snack before dinner.

We played a card game before bed and then listened to the water falling as we went to sleep. We also wondered if it were going to rain so Joel and I had our tarp ready to go since we were tentless.

The next morning the weather was grey, but we headed upstream. The rock hop was strenuous with our big packs and I took every opportunity to float with mine in my pool float. I even used my flippers to speed through a couple of the pools.

The White Box was awesome as usual. We wanted to go lay out our stuff to dry some before the hike out so we said we'd go back to play. But once we were out of the water all we could think of was getting dry and warm. We had a nice break before our hot climb out. Maybe next time!

We were lucky in that it was still overcast for our walk back to the cars. Everyone had a blast while in the canyons but we were all very happy to be back at the cars!

We went back to our camp from the first night and got ready for a couple more day adventures!
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Jul 04 2013
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 04 2013
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering9.75 Miles 3,256 AEG
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Jun 29 2013
desert_boonie
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40 male
 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 29 2013
desert_boonie
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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What a long day, long canyon, long I got nothing else to throw in there I guess. With the weekend heatwave across the state we changed our minds of what part of the state to head to and what canyon to drop into. We decided that getting into water was the best option for the day and with the group approving the decision off we went back to WCC.

With the roads in this area being so bad we just decided to forgo the shuttle option and do the long hike out at the end of the day. Meadow Canyon is quite different than the others I have done in WCC for sure, more open, mostly dry, lots of vegetation including poison ivy. The rappels are even more spread out and not one after the other like the others in the area seem to be. The sandstone formations in this canyon are quite the sight to see. The large boulder hoping is fun and very lengthy. No swimmers through canyon stew, only thigh high pools to walk in if you really wanted to. And with it being warm all six of us chose to do so, even if there were wasps and tadpoles in them.

Once we arrived at the base of Meadow and into WCC we were all open to get wet, but hated the annoying slippery rock you just cannot avoid. I got the group a present for the day, a 99 cent store special float ring with various designs on them. I chose the Pink Princess one for Mike and to all of our disappointment it was the only one that had a hole it in to begin with so it could not be used. But for 99 cents the rest of us all thought it proved to be worth it on the long swims ahead.

The hanging gardens were just amazing, to finally see it with my own eyes was worth every minute of this long trek. The swim through the white box sealed the deal and the long wait of seeing and doing this swim was worth it. That and seeing how poorly Scott is at trying to catch a crawdad.

And now the decision to not shuttle was felt differently once we hiked back out to the top and saw other vehicles up there. They drove in a different way than where we had come in from so it was time to hike back a few hours to the vehicles. Good thing the beer was still cool once we got back to base. Thanks to crew for not killing me on the decision to change canyons and make a very long day happen.
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May 29 2012
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 29 2012
nonot
Canyoneering13.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Canyoneering13.00 Miles   11 Hrs      1.18 mph
1,300 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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
IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
 
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Meadow with White Box. WCC nice in a shorty, no see ums are bad this year - they come out in the late afternoon.

Cash Tank trail is a dirt erosion slope, but it goes fast to the top.
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Aug 28 2011
azflyguy
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36 male
 Joined May 31 2009
 Scottsdale,AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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azflyguy
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Jul 16 2011
knmurphy
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41 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 16 2011
knmurphy
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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May 14 2011
drewboy
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64 male
 Joined Aug 03 2004
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 14 2011
drewboy
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Did this as a day hike, going down Meadow Canyon to WCC and exiting just past the White Box. Got a fairly late start at around 11:00AM. We did have to wade through one chest deep puddle on the way down, just before the first 80' rappel. We ended up doing 3 rappels, and probably should have rappelled down that last 20' drop just below the chute like Todd recommended, but we ended up down climbing it. WCC and hanging gardens was absolutely gorgeous and we had a very pleasant lunch stop there. I ended up doing 5 swims total, but others in our group negotiated around at least a couple of them. The water was still a bit chilly. Nobody had wetsuits, and a couple of people in our group of 4 were at risk of hypothermia after the white box swim. A steady breeze down there robbed warmth fairly quickly. The climb out effort and hitting the sun again warmed things up very quickly. The exit trail is well marked with a cairn, and there was even some kind of hamster cage looking contraption hanging there. The climb out is indeed steep and relentless. It was a great trip and we all had a blast. You get a little bit of everything on this, and it definitely personifies the AZ wilderness experience. Next time we want to do an overnighter and spend more time camping out at the hanging gardens.
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May 14 2011
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41 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 14 2011
knmurphy
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Apr 24 2011
Vaporman
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41 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 24 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering10.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering10.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.05 mph
1,000 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'm already getting the WCC itch and Meadow Canyon is a great canyon to start the rim season off with as long as you have wetsuits for the all the swimmers in WCC. :D Parked along the highway and huffed it down upper Meadow with all it's bushwhacking & rock hopping. Eventually hit the down climbing section and pools to bypass though that big one requested a wade before reaching the first 80ft rappel. Loads of more rock hopping and the that 50-footer. The sandstone cliffs are very sweet thru here especially when we got near WCC. That sloped 3rd rappel we just down climbed since it was dry and that 4th rappel is down climbable but we all decided to just do the 20ft rappel than a tricky down climb. :sweat: Once at WCC, we dropped the harnesses and suited up for the cool waters and grabbed some lunch. Hanging Gardens was just as amAZing as ever and played in that a bit before chilling in the flintstone chairs at the campsite. :) Further upstream we hit pool after amazing pool, finding a few places to cliff jump, hitting the rope swing thru White Box, and just when my arms were practically burned out the swimming sections ends and were at the steep exit trail. :y: When dry, that steep trail isn't too bad but we still had a good 5 mile or so road/rim walk back to the highway...

Such an amazing canyon loop with good friends and SO glad this was a much more peaceful trip than last year during monsoon season. :lol:
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Jul 31 2010
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33 female
 Joined Jan 29 2009
 Murray, UT
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 31 2010
SparkyJackie
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.14 mph
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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Today we started out late into the canyon due to someone forgetting to protect the firewood from the night's rain, and breakfast taking a while. After all seven of us were geared up we began our descent toward the canyon, shortly hitting the entrance we made our way down the slick wet rocks into what seemed almost like a rainforest what with the weather. You know the saying, when it rains it pours? Well that's exactly what it did, for at least the first 20 minutes of being in the canyon the rain just came down on us.

After quite a bit of rock hopping we made it down to our first rappel, everyone did fine, and we continued on. Each rappel we made alright time, there were a few moments when people weren't really volunteering to go down the rope so I had to organize a descending plan here and there.

On our last rappel we had a staged call with death, Michael and I saw from the top of the canyon wall a rockslide, and one of our group members freaked out and called out water, as the two of us people scatter I told Michael "dude water" and we scrambled up the canyon wall. After no flashing occurred we climbed back down and waited for the rest of our stirred up group.

Once on WCC we stopped to get ready for the long swim up creek, and a snack. This part was humorous because the day before the water was crystal clear and Michael and I both looked at the chocolate milk water, with the same thoughts "a canyon up above flashed". Michael then put a twig on a rock to see if it would float away, and sure enough within five minutes the water raised about 8 inches. We decided to proceed on and swam upstream against strong currents.

We made it after quite a while to hanging gardens, and then after even more swimming up to white box...

After finally hitting the pine tree and cairns we made our way up the EXTREMELY slippery muddy path, even Michael's 5.10s were no match for this gooey mess. The powerlines were in sight fair off in the distance and seemed to almost never come into view, then finally we hit them, but everyone kept talking about seeing a canyon we had to descend and ascend up, it was sort of funny because I didn't tell them that we had to go down and up again and they were not exactly excited about it. Once up though after only a short while everyone started wooping because we saw the cars.

Tell you what, this was one adventure they are sure not to forget.
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Jul 31 2010
Vaporman
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41 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Meadow Canyon WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 31 2010
Vaporman
Canyoneering10.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering10.00 Miles2 Days         
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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What was I thinking?!? ](*,) My one regular weekend of local hiking/canyoneering on my calendar out of 5 and a major statewide thunderstorm thinks it going to spoil my plans. :x Meadow is a wider canyon without too much in the way of narrows until the end and I've never had issues with creek hiking WCC in monsoon season and even right in the middle of a monsoon. In fact three weeks ago, I did this same exact loop while getting poured on in the White Box without any issues. : rambo : After just coming back from 4 days of canyoneering in Zion and having recently done this route, I was afraid I'd get bored :lol: doing it again so soon and mixed it up by making it an overnighter and spending the night at the amazing Hanging Gardens. :D

I worked in town until noon, so we got a late start and hit some light rain & fog on the drive up to the rim but nothing to scare us enough to change to a backup plan. ;) We parked along the highway and trekked in to the drop-in point of upper Meadow and I found it pretty cool to finally see this canyon with some light water in it. It was only flowing lightly in the upper reaches while the middle section had larger pools than I'm used to seeing. We of course had loads of rock hopping, down climbing, and some pools to wade before the sandstone walls closed in a bit and started to get technical. We geared up and dropped down that sweet 80ft double drop and a little further down canyon we dropped down another 45ft drop. Some more rock hopping and the canyon narrows up with that sweet 80ft sloping chute that we of course rappeled because it was wet and that was quickly followed by a short 20ft drop. IMO, this is the sweetest section of the canyon as it further narrows with loads of boulder hopping until it opens up and dumps you into WCC. :)

Reaching the confluence with WCC is were the trip turned from an easy canyoneering loop into a challenging nail-bitting adventure. :roll: Up until this point, I thought we'd dodged the 70% chance of heavy rains, we didn't get rained on at all dropping down Meadow Canyon, and in the past 4 summers of hiking WCC thru monsoon season this canyon seems to rather unaffected by them. So needless to say, I was a little shocked when we reached the creek and its flowing muddy brown and at least a foot above normal. Ohh snap! :o Well we can't go back up Meadow Canyon and going downstream thru the Red Boxes and up Rim Tank Canyon seemed like a worse option than just sticking to the plan of going upstream thru the White Box. As if WCC isn't slippery enough when its clear, now we can't see the rocks thru the muddy water and its flowing about twice as strong as normal making it extremely slippery & slow going. :whistle: So we stick to the sides & bushwhack as much as possible and use sticks to cross the creek whenever necessary. It's not too far upstream to the amazing Hanging Gardens and we made fairly decent time to them considering and setup camp at that great spot well above the creek. With an hour of daylight left, we enjoyed those amazing falls/spring despite the muddy water and took a quick bath in them before retiring for the evening. :)

Now I was hoping that since it didn't seem to be raining much that the creek would drop over night and clear up by the morning, when in fact it spiked overnight according to USGS data. :scared: When we woke up and saw the creek still muddy & lightly raining outside, we were in no hurry to break camp and instead slept in a bit. Eventually got up and enjoyed the Hanging Gardens a bit more before finally breaking camp around noon. I guess it was a good thing we got a late start because the flow was dropping back down all morning and was lowest around noon but was ramping back up by late afternoon. It's only a mile in the creek from HG to the White Box trail; that shouldn't take too long. :roll: So it looks like the flow was about 25cfs Sat evening but on Sunday afternoon it was up to 30-35cps when its normally just a spring-fed gentle 18 cfs... We again stuck to the sides and bushwhacked as much as possible, using stick for whenever we had to cross the creek, and the swimmers were tiring but ended up not being too bad to swim up. It took some time & energy but we eventually reached the White (muddy brown) Box without too much difficulty and I of course had to do the rope swing at least once and found it comical that the bottom of the rope was no longer above the water but a few inches in it. :-k Above the White Box is where the canyon really narrows up and were I was the most concerned about but up until now there was always an easy side of the creek & pools to swim up. Then we reached that normally easy chest-high wader were the canyon is only 15ft wide and try as we might we didn't have any chance of swimming up that strong current as it roared from one side to the other. I gave it a few tries on both side but the current washed me away like a rag doll. ](*,) Before I even had a chance to get scared or think about turning back, my 'climbing eyes' saw a flat bench a good 40ft above the creek and nearby I found a class 3/4 route up to it. So I geared back up and climbed up there with my 200ft rope and sleeping pad, found a huge flat bench up there to easily walk above those narrows, found a solid tree to build an anchor on, and rappeled back down to the creek. I tied the rope around my sleeping pad and floated the rope a good 100ft to Kelli for her to tie it to my pack and was able to easily pull it up thru the current. I sent the rope back down to Kelli and was thankfully able to pull her thru the current without too much difficulty but it almost looked like she was about loose her grip a couple times. She was quite the trooper thru it all and had a big smile on her face now that we had that behind us. A little more battling our way upstream and we were finally at the exit trail. :y: Holy crap, it's almost 5pm?!? Looks like it took us about 4 hours to do that one mile upstream from HG to the WB trail with a whole hour of that burned getting past that swift-current narrows. :o

That trail out was super muddy in the lower sections and we were sliding & slipping like crazy, but we eventually made it up to the more solid sections. My pack was waterlogged and my body was sore from battling the creek, so that was a tough hike out with all the gear but it SO nice to top out on the rim and look back and reflect on what we just went thru. : rambo : The muddy road walk out was rather peaceful in comparison though we did had to kick thick mud clumps off of our shoes every few minutes. We eventually made it back to the highway and I surprised both of us by walking right back to my car randomly parked alongside the highway with just my personal GPS (guy positioning system) :lol: and thankfully it was untouched. I can't even begin to express how sweet it felt to finally take the pack off, put on some clean dry clothes, and drive away from this amazingly beautiful yet rugged & challenging WCC wilderness. And not spend another unplanned night down there... :sweat:
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Canyoneering10.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
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Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
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Well all my canyoneering friends had already left for the weekend, so I was left deciding which canyon in the area I wanted to do, that I hadn't recently done, and I could safely do solo. Well I'd done all the other WCC technical canyons already this summer, a solo run thru Horsetank would be testing my luck, but I hadn't done this 'easy' Meadow Canyon since last summer. :) I had bad luck with my car being vandalized last summer when I did this canyon, so I parked along the 260 in another spot that's more visible to other drivers. Or maybe I should just hide in the bushes and shoot at anyone that looks at my car the wrong way... :gun: :lol:

From along the highway, with a late start I huffed it in to the power lines near where they cross over upper Meadow Canyon and dropped in at that cow tank and headed down canyon from there. This definitely isn't the most interesting or scenic canyon in the area but it's plenty lush and does challenge your patience with loads of rock hopping and an occasional down climb. That late night caught up with me and I found a nice rock to take a half hour nap on (one of the perks of solo hiking). :zzz: Eventually the canyon narrows some and I hit that cool first 80ft rappel, with the 2nd 45ft about a half hour further down canyon. Some more rock hopping, watching the sky & noticing some big puffy clouds slowly building, reached that 80ft sloping rappel, and ate a light lunch. Of course I'm doing that as a rappel because I have no reason to show off and if I try down climbing it & slip and break my legs it'll be at least a day before someone comes for me. :roll: That cool rappel is followed shortly by another 20ft drop before you go thru those sweet bouldery narrows just before the confluence with WCC. Now it rained on about here last time I did this canyon last summer, so it kinna funny when it started sprinkling at the confluence. I made the slippery creek hike to the amazingly beautiful Hanging Gardens and probably snapped some of my best photos yet of it since the sun was being block by the dark monsoon clouds. I didn't stay as long as I'd like since it was raining and the loud thunder spooked me a bit. :o After about a half hour more of rock hopping upstream, while getting sporadically dumped on, I hit the first of many long swimmers before reaching the super sweet White Box. Thankfully it was a warm day, so that even without a wetsuit, in the middle of a monsoon storm, while soaking wet I was still able to stay plenty warm. That rope swing in White Box is still and I of course had to do a couple swings on it before continuing. :GB: Now doing swimmers in a narrow canyon in the middle of a monsoon might not be the safest thing to be doing, but at least I was near the exit trail and I have work tomorrow... The exit route was a steep as ever and soaking wet gear on a muddy trail didn't help either. :roll: Up on the rim, I made the long road walk to the power lines, south in between them as their buzzing kept me company, and then broke off to follow my GPS back to my car safely along the highway. :y: Such a beautiful section of WCC that I have to visit at least once a summer, but you certainly have to work for no matter how you approach it. :sweat:
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May 31 2010
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Canyoneering13.10 Miles 1,800 AEG
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A long day with a great canyon, very lush and green. No problems at all, it is fairly fun and easy.

The real treat of this is the section of west clear creek you hike out upstream. Words fail to describe the beauty of the hanging gardens, shower spring, and the white box. :y:

A bunch of swimming and the long hike to/from the canyon made this a full day!
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I did this as an overnighter since I worked a halfday Saturday morning and wanted to do some exploring once I was down in WCC. I was a little confused as to where the beta wanted me to drop in, but I figured it didn't really matter too much since I was in the general vicinity and this was upper Meadows for sure. Looking at it again from Google Earth, I left the powerlines one dirt road too early and ended up dropping in one of the upper forks to the north. The canyon is a bushwhack in the beginning, then loads of boulder hopping, some down climbing when you hit the Coconino sandstone layer, startled a pack of large elk along the way, and eventually u hit that first 80ft rappel. There were scattered showers in the area and so far it'd been dry, but when I hit the technical section it started sprinkling on me off/on. Some more down climbing and rock hopping and you're at the 2nd 45ft one, though just above that rappel is a small pool that I caught a good-sized black bear taking a bath. :o He took off at lightning speed as soon as he saw me. Needless to say, I setup that 2nd rappel awful fast with a bear just around the corner. :scared: Some more rock hopping brings you to that 80ft slick chute and the rains picked up just for that occasion. Of course I rappelled it since it was soaking wet and then after that 25 footer just past that, the rains just completely let up just before sunset. I finished thru those lower narrows and popped out to WCC around 7pm as dusk was setting in. No great camping options in the area, so I found a small rock ledge to spend the night. The rain dropped the temperature a good 10° that was forecasted, so it was a little chillier that what I was prepared for but I managed to get enough sleep.

The main reason I dropped in on Meadow Canyon is that the section of WCC from Hanging Gardens to Rim Tank Canyon is the last few miles I've yet to hike of the whole WCC from Bull Pen and up both tributaries over the last few summers. :GB: The next morning as it was slowly warming up, I hiked 15 minutes upstream to Hanging Gardens to enjoy that beautiful gem though the ferns above it have mostly died off for the season. Since it was warming up, I decided to continue upstream thru a few swimmers and check out White Box for 3-4th time. There was a rope swing setup that I just had to try. :D Headed back downstream, loaded up my camping & canyoneering gear and continued downstream towards Rim Tank Canyon. The first half mile or so is kinna bland, then it starts to cut into the Supai layer and some cool pools appear every now and then. It's so sweet to be in a clear creek surrounded by loads of green trees & shrubery while the canyon is multi-colored/tiered with Supai sandstone on the bottom, Coconino sandstone taking up most of the middle, and capped off with a Basalt layer. :D Now I thought I'd seen most of what WCC had to offer, but then I hit that section that I think most people call Red Boxes though I thought Red Boxes referred to some swimmers below Rim Tank... But these Red Boxes consisted of like 10 pools all back to back with small cascades in between most of them. The first 7 were mandatory swimmers while the bottom 3 could be bypassed or waded. I was so blown away with the beauty of what I was seeing that it wouldn't have suprised me one bit if I came around a corner and found a plaque with 'Made by God' on it. :o The next half mile or so got bland again and then I finally hit my exit canyon. Now that scramble up Rim Tank Canyon is quite the butt kicker and I don't think I'll be back anytime soon. :sweat: I finally topped out around 6pm and walked back to my car parked not too far off of the highway to find that it's been vandalized... :x

They knocked off my sideview mirrow, jumped on my hood so hard there's dents left in it from my engine, and they kicked dents into all four of my doors. :bdh: I'm guessing by the closeness to that rough FR142, they left very muddy shoe prints all over my car, and they definely weren't hiking shoes that it was probably some 4x4ers or quaders who were riding in the area and couldn't think of anything better to do that trash the crap out of my car. Thankfully it was still drivable and they didn't try to break in or smash any of the windows or lamps/lights. :roll: I spent this afternoon after the hike suction cupping some of dents out and trying to JB weld my sideview mirror bracket back together...

Now that I got WCC all hammered out, I guess I need a new goal. How about the 6 published technical canyons and I've done 2 of them so far. :D
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A very pleasant canyon that combines with WCC for a great loop. I think the photo of the 80' chute makes it look a bit steeper than it really is, I was able to butt slide down it pretty comfortably. But since you've got your rap gear with you anyway, no reason not to rope up if you're so inclined. Fun day!
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