Upper Cut Canyon
Canyon is a great route that contains several fun problems to solve,
combined with a nice shaded approach hike, some fun minor scrambling and
several fun rappels. This route is a major
improvement over the traditional Sunseed Canyon technical route.
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
"Circle of Friends"
Upper Cut Canyon is a
technical canyoneering route that contains several entertaining rappels and
some interesting scrambling. Upper Cut Canyon requires complete technical gear.
Upper Cut Canyon is rated 3A II using the Canyon
Rating System. This canyon is accessible year round, but the route would not be
enjoyable during the hot summer month's. This is an excellent winter and cold weather route.
In normal conditions this canyon does not require any swimming or wading.
Navigation for this route is moderate. The route does traverse through some
major areas of cryptobiotic soil that can be easily avoided with a little
care. A GPS is useful and good map reading skills essential. This canyon has
an extremely small flash flood danger.
The Upper Cut Trailhead is accessible year round to all vehicles
and is located within 10 minutes of downtown Moab.
Follow the route
described and please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay on
existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way,
literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires years of
undisturbed growth before it becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat
on the soil surface. A single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy
years of growth.
Enjoy a short video from Upper Cut Canyon in Moab, Utah.