Last Candition: August 23, 2011
The first pothole section in this canyon is pretty, but otherwise, I don't see the attraction. The approach hike is long, and the remainder of the canyon is dirty, awkward, and not that attractive. I wouldn't bother to do this again.
Long approach but worth it, very scenic. Got rained on the hike and inside canyon. Upper grounds absorb water well with lots of vegetation. Had some standing water but with a few skillful boulder moves can be avoided. Replaced one prickly webbing around jock stone. B & H look solid. Fun steep canyon with lots of rappels about 10.
Fun canyon, some interesting downclimbs and a few long rappels. All the anchors were in great condition no webbing needed to be replaced. Only reason for the 4 was the long approach and exit. We got started a little late (9) and it was HOT!!
The first drop in telephone is full of loose dirt and rocks to the perched tree above rap 2. The diaganol nature of this rappel is awkward as the terrain wants to swing over the 100+' drop of rap 2. A simple guide line would be beneficial for all but the first person.
It was a fun straight forward canyon. Not a drop of water. In the full sun most of the time between 9:30 - 1:30.
All anchors and webbing in fairly good shape. One set of bolts looked old and rusty, but seemed solid. Down climbed several rappels. Last rappel has bolts that are high and out of reach- not sure how to replace the webbing once it has gone bad... it's a great spot for some good natural anchoring, just bring some extra webbing.
Water was available near camp site two before taking the Telephone Canyon Trail off of the West Rim Trail.