Recent Zion Canyoneering Conditions Report

Class C conditions in Pine Creek can really push you around. Photo: Michael DeYoung, 2007

We’ve been talking to canyoneers coming through the store lately, asking about conditions in the popular technical canyons. Here are a few recent briefs:

Pine Creek (4/16)
“Water flow heavy. A LOT of swimming and a lot of belaying to get folks to anchors. Not recommended for folks without flowing water experience.”

“Class C the whole way. First rappel: Flowing water will push you immediately into the  second section, must be ready for it with slack on your line. 3rd rappel: Must be on belay to safely set rope for the descend (we used a line from someone still on the log overhang prior to entering the pool before the drop. Swimming all the way to the 4th/5th rappel, which were no problem. Don’t bring beginners at this time.”

Keyhole (4/16)
“Water flowing but still fun and straightforward if you are prepared for cold water.”

Birch Hollow (4/?)
Recently reported as flowing. Little detail available.

Fat Man’s Misery (4/16)
“Much cold water in the slot sections… protection recommended. Heavy flow in Parunuweap forced us to use the loose gully exit, which kinda sucks, but not too bad. Flowers just starting to bloom… should be fantastic in a couple weeks.”

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One Response to Recent Zion Canyoneering Conditions Report

  1. avatar Nichole says:

    We are doing “The Subway” on Sept. 24 of this year. This will be our 4th year in a row doing the hike. We have kind of made it into a family tradition (for the older ones anyhow) but we have a few younger ones (ages 8 & 9) who are wanting to join us on the hike this year. The first year we hiked The Subway my brother was nuts (at least I thought) and brought his then 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. The conditions were rough at times for them, especially the icy pools and swimming, but in the end there were plenty of adults there to help them along and they did just fine. Through the next few years as we go on the hike, each year the conditions seem more dramatically different than the last. Last year’s hike was the most intense and had changed the most from years past. No kids came with us last year (thank the Lord) because once we decended into the canyon we realized what a great amount of water increase there was in the canyon, expecially in the pools. They were MUCH longer and VERY colder than the previous years. I am trying to track down someone who has some very recent and most up to date photos of “The Subway” and the conditions in the canyon as far as everything I mentioned above so if anyone can help I would very much appreciate it.

    Nichole – Riverton, UT