Last Candition: May 16, 2013
Water levels lower than hoped, still a few cold swims. All raps in good condition. No more dead deer present.
Cold! Wetsuits required. Dry suits aren't. Handlines might be tucked under the rocks, but they are still there. The long swim seems like it has receded some. Beta says it's 60' but it doesn't seem like it's that long. Bolts and webbing are all in good condition. The dead deer will stare into your soul with its empty eye sockets as you exit.
Scoped it out from the bottom. Tippy top full of cold water. Dead deer is in the wide open wash at the bottom and you don't have to go within 10 feet of it. The flies feeding on it might land on you though.
Lots of cold swims. All but 1 in our group wore dry suits, we danced a lot to stay warm (scrawny canyoneers). Dead deer is still there but it's not in the slot.
Went through day after Thanksgiving, 5 in the group 2 with 4/3 wetsuits and 3 with drysuits, chilly but no issues. Dead deer towards the end of the trip, no issue getting by it.
All potholes topped off, fresh and clean! Achors in place and in good condition, a few ugly webbing handlines are tied around chockstones.
2 ppl. All bolt anchors. Super easy. Car to car in 45 minutes. Did whole route with 70 foot rope. wore 3/2 wetsuits and were ok. Would be unenjoyable without suits. Lots of water immediately.
went through today with a group of 4. got through in under an hour. no wetsuits. it had flashed a few days earlier and not alot of changes, some areas have large collections of sand making the water levels lower than normal.
Quick trip through in the afternoon took us just over an hour. Water levels were pretty full and not very cold, though some of our group did take wetsuits and didn't mind the extra protection. Not having to wait behind anyone probably helped too. Anchors were fine. I read it flashed the next day so feel free to ignore any of the above.
Great water conditions, hallway mostly full.
Keyhole is full again and a blast! Light brown silty water that isn't stinky at all. Didn't have to replace any webbing. Went with a 5mm which made the water feel great. A group in front of us had no wetsuits on, one individual came out shivering and frowning.
Good short canyon. Short raps. Water levels are low, however expect to walk through a couple of waist high pools. Water does stink, due to the lack of water circulation. Good canyon for younger canyoneers. Perfect canyon to do with Pine Creek Canyon.
Great canyon takes you right back to your car. Stinky potholes with waist deep water. Cold but no wetsuit needed. You are in and out of the water quickly.
No wetsuit needed. Water is cool, not cold. Waist deep at worst. Water still reeks. Completed in one hour flat.
Keyhole is cold and kind of stinky right now. I wore a 3/2 full wetsuit with 5mm booties and was pretty chilled.
I think a 4/3 would be a better way to go until the water is a little bit warmer.
Always a fun hike! The water was cold, but I went through with a shortie and was just fine! (but i am pretty tolerant to the cold) lots of wading and swimming in this canyon still!
Water nice and clean. No swims until the dreaded slanted corridor, which was a fair bit longer than the last few times I've been through. Comfortable enough in a 4/3 to take my time and enjoy myself. Anchors fine, though there is no webbing on the downclimb between the first two rappels like there usually is.
No flow but pools are full and expect swimming in the corridors. Anchors are in good shape thanks to whoever re-rigged the webbing this spring. We used full suits, booties and gloves. Was toasty in the 5mm the others used 4/3 and eve a 3/2 and were fine - however, the canyon was clear with no other groups and we were through it in short order. Would not want to be in it a long time without at least a 4/3
lots of cold water and swimming. Cold. I used a 5mm with a 3mm shorty and my partner used a 7mm. 5mm neo socks and 3mm gloves. We stayed warm. There were quite a few swims. Anchors were good. Water was clean. Started at the upper entrance and the upper section was quite worthwhile.
Waist deep water in first narrow section.
Rappel anchors in good shape.
First pool at the bottom of the first rappel was shoulder height (I'm 5'6").
Second pool at the top of 2nd rappel was a short swimmer.
The slanted corridor was as easy chimney traverse.
I would definately recommend a 4/3 wetsuit for comfort. I had a 3 mm farmer john and 1 mm on my arms and the water was painfully cold when I swam...thus the effort to chimney traverse the slanted corridor.
Have fun. Troy