Parker Canyon

So Parker Canyon can either be a real gem or a real bitch depending on what time of year you do it and what exit you choose.  My first experience down it was in late summer and it was hot, dry, muddy and quite an unpleasant experience.  Back then no one used the current shortcut exit which turns this adventure into a nice, short stroll.  We parked a second car way down at the bottom end of the canyon and this turns this canyon into a dreadful 9 hour struggle.  Our second run however was during peak runoff in March and was an entirely different experience.  The rappels were intense, the canyon was cooler and the narrows were much more dramatic and felt like an entirely different canyon.  the current exit now brings you up and out of the canyon immediately on canyon right following the final rappel.  During high flow some of these rappels can get real fun and have some minor hydraulics to deal with at the bottom of the rappel.  Wetsuits will be required in Parker Canyon as high flow is direct snow melt during early spring.  As well, this has become a highly popular route when this thing is running in early spring so be aware that you might hit some other traffic. Have fun and be safe on this classic adventure.

-> Parker Canyon – October 14, 2007 <-

-> Parker Canyon – March 1, 2008 <-

***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***


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