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Circle of Friends:
Canyon 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. The canyon offers its enchantment with only a short approach hike. Leprechaun
Canyon is the crown jewel and centerpiece of a group of canyons commonly referred to as
the "Irish Canyons".
Canyon offers a variety of routes to fit all skill levels from beginner to expert. The
most advanced route option features what has become known as a "Mae West Slot",
which is a "V" shaped slot so narrow that it is impossible to pass through.
Descent requires moderate rock climbing skills to climb over or bypass the "Mae
West" portions of the canyon.
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
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"Circle of Friends"
Canyon is a spectacular technical canyoneering adventure. Total descent time is 4 to
8 hours car to car depending on which route you select. I recommend a group size of 6
or less. This is a physical canyon requiring constant downclimbing, squeezing,
stemming and chimneying. Basic rock climbing skills are a must and sticky shoes are a
Canyon requires complete technical gear.
During normal conditions you will encounter knee to waist deep wading but no
swimming. There are no bolted anchors in this canyon. The canyon is to be
descended from natural anchors. I strongly suggest a long sleeve shirt and long
pants for this slot or you will lose a bunch a skin squeezing between the narrow canyon
Canyon has a Canyon Rating of 3A II or 3A III R depending on which route you
select. This canyon has a moderate flash flood danger. Check the local weather
report before entering this canyon.
Leprechaun Canyon contains an interesting
dinosaur trackway. The site consists of about 6 or 7 large three-toed tracks probably
belonging to an Allosaurus, which was the most common carnivore during the period in which
this trackway was formed. Fossil footprints are a rare, non-renewable resource. Please
help preserve and protect them.
Large frame canyoneers will have
extreme difficulty descending some route options in this canyon. My chest measurement
is 43" around. There are sections of this canyon that I found very difficult to
I highly suggest that you obtain a detailed description of this route before
attempting it. Be extremely careful that you are dropping into the correct drainage.
At least one rescue has resulted from a navigational error
concerning canyons in this area. The cap can be confusing and all the canyons look
similar from the top. After you pull your ropes there is no
escape from several canyons in this area. You have been warned!
The trailhead to Leprechaun
Canyon is located next to a major highway in Southern Utah and is accessible to all
vehicles in all weather conditions. There are several good primitive camping spots in the area.
Enjoy a short HD video from the East (Right) Fork of Leprechaun Canyon in North Wash.
Leprechaun Canyon Rescue - Interesting and
detailed story of a canyoneering rescue.
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