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The Narrows of Fivemile Wash

Fivemile Wash

Capitol Reef National Park
Technical Canyoneering

          Fivemile Wash is a stealthy jewel tucked into the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park. The canyon contains what some consider to be the best narrows to be found in the Waterpocket Fold, but to visit these narrows you must be willing to pay the piper. Enjoying the treasures offered by this wild canyon requires navigational and technical canyoneering skills.

          The Waterpocket Fold is an immense bulge in the earth's crust known as a monocline in which 14 layers of sedimentary strata were tilted upward. A trip through Fivemile Wash as it slices through the Waterpocket Fold is a geological trip through time.

Circle of Friends:
          Fivemile Wash is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Eric Thompson downclimbing Tom Talboys wading through

General Information:
          Fivemile Wash is a technical canyoneering adventure. The technical portion of the canyon consists of several short swims, wading, downclimbing, rappels and a bunch of fun. Navigation for this route is difficult. A GPS is extremely useful in identifying the correct waypoints for this canyon. Good map reading skills are essential. Fivemile Wash is rated 3B III using the Canyon Rating System.

          There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors which is not difficult in this canyon. In place of bolts, teamwork and partner assisted techniques are used extensively in this canyon so go prepared.

Hank Moon squeezing through Hank Moon in the slot

Trailhead Information:
A vehicle shuttle is required to complete this route.

Downclimbing and swimming-again Eric Thompson-Slot Rat

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