Happy Dog Canyon - Capitol Reef National Park

Happy Dog
aka: S Canyon

Capitol Reef National Park
Technical Canyoneering


          Happy Dog 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 National Park.

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          Happy 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.

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General Information:
         
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 are essential.

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Trailhead Information:
          Happy Dog does not require a vehicle shuttle. The trailhead is accessible to passenger cars in normal conditions.

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Optional Approach Route:
         
Happy Dog can be accessed from Halls Creek Bay on Lake Powell by boat.

Hiking Halls Creek in Capitol Reef National Park 1st obstacle on the way in and last obstacle on the way out.

Halls Creek Narrows:
         
Hiking through Halls Creek Narrows is an option for those looking for a little more easy action in the area.


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