Last Candition: May 16, 2013
Started from the very top, the first semi-keeper is only thigh deep, able to get out on own. All the rest of rappels are good condition. The water levels were low, only one short swim, but as always, quite cold. In a 4/3 suit with a vest and very comfortable. Those with gloves were toasty, us without cold, but doable.
Made our entry from the "middle" route instead of going all the way up to where the trail crosses the main canyon. Encountered water right away. Fair amount of wading and the anticipated cold swims. One pool was just starting to smell rank. Rest were okay. A black sling thrown around a wedged log offers all the help you need to get out of the "semi-keeper" pot hole. Other anchors were okay. This canyon has a lot of photographic potential but you need a tripod for the best parts. One section is very similar to the "cathedral" section of Pine Creek. We found water all the way to the exit. Would not do without a wetsuit and our day was a 90 degree plus day in Springdale.
Water was fairly clean and not too cold. Our group of four went through with everything from a 3/2 full up to a drysuit and everyone was plenty comfortable. Semi-keeper and logjam could be challenging for some, especially solo. Anchors in good condition but some downclimb webbing could be cleaned up or replaced soon.
Canyon is full of great clean water. Keeper pothole is totally full and easy to escape without assistance. I brought a 5mm and was glad because that water is very cold. Anchors are in great shape. There are a couple of owls above the awkward log escape, after the keeper pothole. Looks like they live there based on all the poop on the walls, don't forget to look up.
Pressed for time so dropped in early via the route described by Tom Jones. Lots of clean water thanks to many days of storms, were comfortable in 4/3 wetsuits. Landslide right before first rappel flooded an entire corridor with waist to chest deep water. Anchors passable. Keeper pothole is the toughest to get out of that I've seen it but has webbing in place.
Just went through yesterday. Echo is in fine shape right now. Plenty of very cold water, so suits are mandatory. No outhouse smell. Anchors in the upper part of the canyon are so-so (so inspect carefully). The rock stack we found at R1 impressed us with its towering height and girth (about 3.5' h x 4' wide) but not with its integrity. Dismantling revealed that the red 1" tubular webbing was held in place mostly by friction. We re-worked the pile well enough to move on, but didn't re-build it for the ages. Always inspect/test/rework ALL anchors before use.
took the wife and father in law. we had wetsuits and they were nice to have. hands got a little cold, but nothing too bad. Looks like someone replaced/backed up all the webbing recently. still has some suspect bolts. fun canyon, great time of year to do it.
Great canyon - took the kids through it and had a fun time. Used 4/3 full suits, booties and gloves - Do not do the canyon without wetsuits! - There are several swims through very cold water and the one semi-keeper was tough for the kids to escape without help. There is no snow left in the canyon. A couple of bolts are showing significant rust and should be inspected prior to use.
A few full swims and a good amount of wading. The first rappel ends in a full swim. Cold. We were warm in a 7mm full or 8/5 layered. Potholes were very easy to get in and out of. Anchors were good. The water was clean(ish) and not very smelly compared to what I've heard is the norm. Also used 5mm socks and neo gloves.
Awesome! Water levels still pretty high, with only a couple skanky pools. Several of the pools could be jumped, making it even more fun. Water is COLD! We were all still a little chilled in our full 7 mm wetsuits.
After the previous day's Keyhole, the water in Echo was refreshingly clear and clean. Relatively low water, with just one swim. "Keeper" was the most keeper-esque I've seen, but still not a keeper.
1st time through for the entire group of 5, for 3 it was their 1st canyon! Fun times. Water was lower than expected. 1st big pothole was bone dry. 2nd half of canyon (2 semi-keepers) held quite a bit of COLD water. Only 1 swimmer (in which my camera was sacrificed). No skanky pools. Only 1 smelled a bit but was only waist deep. Found half of a dead rodent of sorts in 1 pool.
A great time had by all!
Upper half of canyon had some fun downclimbs/rappels with nicely built natural anchors--even a good looking bollard!
We were very glad to have wetsuits in the second half. The one semi-keeper pothole has a nice log jammed in it which can be climbed up, it is even easier to clamber out using the webbing tied to the log.
"still very cold and very wet" that makes it a great canyon not a 1 rated. water wasn't nasty. there was plenty of it. water down a little so one pothole was a little tricky getting up. all anchors and webbing good. another great canyon that seems to go unnoticed
Still cold and very wet
Middle Echo - pools are cold! 4/3 wetsuit just fine. Water Quality good. No snow remnants to be found. The only blocks of ice were my feet!
Outside the canyon, very toasty on the hike down at noonish. Be sure to do the hike up before then.