Cricket, L Canyon
Capitol Reef National Park
is a remote and challenging canyon located after a long hike down Halls
Creek near Lake Powell. Many canyoneers consider this to be one of the most
difficult slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau because of its numerous
keeper potholes. This canyon is suitable for experienced and physically
fit canyoneers only. 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
you attempt this canyon, every member of your group must be a highly skilled canyoneer and
rock climber. This canyon is deadly for beginners. Poe
Canyon is NOT suitable for the general canyoneering public and is rated 4B X
V using the
Canyon Rating System. Errors in technique or judgment will likely
result in serious injury or death. Do not
underestimate the difficulty and danger of descending this canyon. If
you can not escape the many keeper potholes you will be trapped. This canyon
is extremely remote. A rescue in this
canyon would be hazardous, time consuming and extremely troublesome. You
have been warned!
Circle of Friends:
Canyon 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"
Poe Canyon is
a technical canyoneering route that requires complete technical gear,
and experience. The route is normally completed as part of a multi-day
The canyon contains difficult climbing and multiple keeper potholes. Navigation for this route
is challenging; a GPS is a highly advised. Good map reading skills and
a detailed route description
Poe Canyon does not
require a vehicle shuttle. The trailhead is accessible to passenger cars in
Because of the routes
five major pits the canyon was named "Poe", after Edgar Allen Poe's short
story "The Pit and the Pendulum". In the story a prisoner, during the
Spanish Inquisition, finds himself in a dark room, with a blade like
pendulum slowly descending towards his chest. Though he escapes the
pendulum, the walls of the room close in on him, pushing him closer to
falling into a deep pit in the middle of the room.
Optional Approach Route:
Poe Canyon 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.