Last Candition: June 3, 2011
The potholes are half full. There are three that must be negotiated. The first two are unavoidable and thigh deep, the last one is avoidable if you are 6 feet tall and are proficient at fully-extended stemming, otherwise, it is belly deep.
3.5 hours skipping the rappel. Fun non-tech route. Coming up this canyon would be difficult. Only one 3x3foot pool of water that was avoidable with some stemming. This slot is narrow for long sections. Gave a four rating for the water and the slog out.
It had rained the day before so there was a lot of water in the canyon. Nothing more than knee deep. The pool after the rappel was shallow. No new obstacles.
Canyon was bone dry all the way through -- including the last section (which is more frequently reported as wade or swim). I made the mistake of taking only 2 quarts of water and wanted 4 quarts by the end. Lower potholes were easily escapable solo. Long and skinny -- some say there's a 200 lb size limit in E3. Believe it. I'm 6'2", 190 lbs and squeezed OK. My buddy is 5'8", 200 lbs and got stuck. Had to do some moves to unstick -- any bigger and he'd still be there. Fair canyon (I rated 3) but was looking forward to lots of water from what I had recently heard. The lack of water was disappointing. The canyon was not technically challenging on this day -- just skinny, skinny, and long. The last few hundred feet (so called "technical" section) was the prettiest. Would be a shame to do the canyon and bail out before that point and miss the best part.