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 late!
Heaps is likely to be full (i.e. easy) conditions for another two weeks (until maybe July 7th), then will begin featuring its normal serious pothole problems.
Lava Point Campground – Large swarms of mosquitoes present. Chemical and barrier protection recommended.