Baker Canyon - West Fork

Baker Canyon
West Fork AKA: Nasty Ass
East Fork AKA: Tight Ass

Grand Staircase
Escalante National Monument

Technical Canyoneering

          Baker Canyon is spectacular and seldom visited. The canyon is often overshadowed by Neon, its glamorous brother to the north. But Baker has numerous delights of its own and should not be over looked. The canyon contains two forks, the beautiful West Fork and the extremely challenging East Fork.

Circle of Friends:
          Baker 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"

In the guts. Fantastic stuff.

General Information:
          Baker is a wonderful canyon tucked into a corner of the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. The canyon contains many delights for the technical canyoneer. Baker Canyon requires complete technical gear. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate.

          The West Fork of Baker Canyon is rated 3B IV using the Canyon Rating System.

          The East Fork of Baker Canyon is rated 4B IV R using the Canyon Rating System.

Tom Alexander enjoying the swim. Baker Canyon

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is accessible to all high clearance 2 wheel drive vehicles in normal weather conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route.

A tight squeeze. You must climb 6' up and over. Bruce Neumann at the final rappel.

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