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Circle of Friends:
Capitol Reef National Park
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.
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"
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
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
A vehicle shuttle is
required to complete this route.
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