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Boundary Canyon Conditions

Went by, but not IN, Boundary Canyon Zion yesterday. No flow. No flow from the spring down to the head of the canyon. Likely dry from there except a few puddles. Drought conditions have returned. If the Kolob Reservoir does an extended period of significant water releases, the spring at the head of Boundary could perk up, but it seems unlikely. Tom

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Recent Conditions for Boundary Canyon and Heaps Canyon

Descended Boundary Canyon and Heaps Canyons this past week (June 23rd and 25th respectively). Both are in OUTSTANDING conditions. Boundary Canyon – Flowing about 5 CFS – enough to be intimidating and a little pushy, but not enough to be dangerous to canyoneers with Class C experience. Wonderful waterflow. Amazing canyon in near-solstice light.  Be careful setting anchors to avoid sticking a rope, and bring an extra rope or two just in case.  The walk-out down Kolob was an hour slower than usual because of the 15 cfs flow in Kolob – slow going, but not difficult.  The MIA trail is a little spotty in places (more than usual) after a big, wet winter. Heaps Canyon – Filled to the brim and cold. Lots of water, but also plenty of sand washed in over the winter, eliminating at least one long swim near the end. Still very physical and demanding. Excellent solstice light made it brighter and prettier than usual.  For the first time in 10 trips, I encountered another party in Heaps at the final raps, which delayed us 1-1/2 hours.  We hiked from West Rim Trailhead starting at 5 am – this was at least one hour too … Continue reading

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Class C Conditions in Boundary Canyon

An all-ZAC crew descended Boundary Canyon last Thursday, finding conditions much wetter (and louder) than expected. The heavy snowpack and high summer precipitation of 2010 continues to keep things cool, watery, and exciting on the Kolob plateau. While high water conditions keep canyoneers out of Kolob Canyon, it also creates opportunities to see other canyons in prime conditions. While it’s typically a rare treat to descend Boundary with decent flow, it looks like conditions have been fairly wet there on a consistent basis this summer. Thanks to Tom for posting the trip report on his Latest Rave (check it out for all the photos and details), and to Talia, Sarah, Bailey, and Magda for adding beauty and comraderie to Tom’s shots. I can only hope I’m out in the canyons with four adventurous women when I’m Tom’s age!

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