Circle of Friends:
Hard Day Harvey
is one of the best slot canyons in the Lake Powell area. The canyon probably has some type
of official name but everyone calls the route Hard Day Harvey (HDH). This route is a fun,
physically demanding and a technically challenging adventure. The beauty of this canyon is
spectacular; the narrows are extremely tight, dramatic, unrelenting and
perilous. Hard Day Harvey features what has become known as a "Mae West
Slot", which is a "V" shaped slot so narrow that it is impossible to pass
Day Harvey offers its enchantment with an enjoyable approach hike over slick
rock. Descent requires moderate rock climbing skills to climb over or bypass the
"Mae West" portions of the canyon.
Some of the
photographs used on this page are compliments of Bruce Neumann.
Interested in viewing a short video which was shot in Hard Day Harvey?
Harvey Canyon Video*
Day Harvey 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
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Day Harvey is a spectacular technical canyoneering adventure. This is a very physical
canyon requiring constant downclimbing, squeezing, stemming and chimneying. Good rock
climbing skills are a must and sticky shoes are a bonus. Fat guys are going to find it
very difficult in several of the tight squeeze sections. Hard Day Harvey is rated 3A
R III using the Canyon Rating System.
are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers
before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You
might need to locate and construct natural anchors which is moderately difficult in this
A GPS is useful and good map reading skills are essential. There are no trails in the area
and route finding skills are required. You must be certain you are entering the
intended drainage or you could encounter major difficulties.
Hard Day Harvey can be accessed by boat from Lake Powell or
by high clearance vehicle. Both options are detailed in the complete route description.