Circle of Friends:
aka: S Canyon
Capitol Reef National Park
is a remote and challenging canyon located after a long hike down Halls
Creek near Lake Powell. The route is often combined with other canyons
in the area to create a multi-day backpack trip. This route visits an
isolated section of the Waterpocket Fold on the periphery of Capital Reef
Dog 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"
Happy Dog Canyon is
a technical canyoneering route that requires complete technical gear
and experience. The route is normally completed as part of a multi-day
backpacking trip. The canyon is rated 3B R V using the canyon rating system.
The canyon contains squeezing, stemming, and silo work. The lower section of the canyon is shady and
incised and will contain unavoidable water which will require swimming and
wading. Navigation for this route
is challenging; a GPS is a highly advised. Good map reading skills and
a detailed route description
Happy Dog does not
require a vehicle shuttle. The trailhead is accessible to passenger cars in
Optional Approach Route:
Happy Dog can be accessed from Halls Creek Bay on
Lake Powell by boat.
Halls Creek Narrows:
Hiking through Halls Creek Narrows is an option for
those looking for a little more easy action in the area.