Leprechaun Canyon, North Wash
Last Candition: May 18, 2013
West fork ankle deep water, easily avoided.
East fork (as mentioned) has water but can most can be avoided. Only got ankle deep wet once in the big pothole... just decided to plow through the middle. Did long west route approach around all forks and didn't realize there was an 80+ foot rap to get down to the entrance of East Lep. Much easier way to get down if you're wanting a long approach with great views of the area. What an amazing playground!!
All 3 forks have water. Every fork tended to be at knee deep. Couple of areas were up to chest deep. East fork water can all be avoided with careful stemming, side canyon friction moves, and a rap around the pot hole just after the slide to boulder move. Anchors good, although some webbing should be replaced soon.
Left/West--Still Dry. Great playground.
Did west Lep
A lot of the anchor webbing is looking worn and some are improperly rigged for ideal configuration. evaluate thoroughly before using. 2 should be replaced outright. Avoidable puddles.
Did Left/West Lep by headlamp. No water. Great anchors. One tightish squeeze under a boulder for the bigger guys.
Did East Lep from the top, including the ~85 ft rap (LDC) above the slot. A great time as always. The canyon was dry and weather was fabulous.
Completely dry. Still skinny.
West Fork, dry as a bone. Used lesser used East fork entrance which required a new anchor closer to the drop-in. Took two athletic people around 6'7" 275 lbs, Belfast was not a problem for them.
Main/Middle fork was completely dry. According to other parties in the area, all other Irish canyon forks are currently dry. Did not encounter any other groups in main fork this day. A great canyoneering workout.
Perfect conditions. The area is dry and we didn't see any snow. Anchors for the rappels seems to be in OK condition.
Went through left fork of Leprechaun on 12-22-12. Found two small pools that were mid-calf deep. It took 2 steps to cross each one. (One member of group stemmed over and stayed dry.) While there was tons of snow on the drive to the canyons, once we hit the general area, it was pretty dry. Very little snow in the canyons. Some icy spots, but the ice broke up easily. No ice on the pools despite the frigid temperatures.
Descended the Right Fork on Thanksgiving. Bone dry except for one spot of mud just up canyon from the exit rap. We only rapped once so not sure about the previous reports about old anchors. Beautiful canyon, not too challenging. Will try the Middle Fork next time for a bit more spice.
Went down the East Fork. Beautiful tight canyon. the two upper anchors are starting to show some age so they may need to be replaced soon. Lowest anchor was fine. Did one iffy DC that turned into a fall. I'm not sure if that was bypassable. One easy to bypass puddle. 4 hour trip.
We did the East Fork. The anchors are good. The canyon is mostly dry with one knee deep pool that is avoidable for most.
Dry shoes. Skinny slot. Completed right fork, no surprises or difficulty. Fun downclimbing.
Main Lep bone dry. No spiders, no issues.
Exited Monkey Business and went down the East Fork. I found this canyon to be totally dry. Bring webbing to rebuild one of the deadman anchors. No Daddy Longlegs :-).
West Leprechaun - Completely dry with HUNDREDS of daddy long legs in Belfast Boulevard. It is better if you leave your headlamp off.
The first anchor needs to be extended down through the mini potholes to prevent rope grooves. Pulling the rope in its current configuration was tricky and tiring. Please consider bringing an extra 20 feet of webbing to fix this.