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Iron Maiden - South Fork

Maidenwater Canyon

Southern Utah
Technical Canyoneering

          Maidenwater Canyon is a fun; physically demanding and technically challenging adventure. The beauty of this canyon is spectacular; the narrows are exciting, unyielding and treacherous. This canyon places a high premium on teamwork. The canyon offers a variety of routes from beginner to expert.

          The canyon offers its enchantment with only a short approach hike from a major highway. A stylish descent requires moderate rock climbing skills.

          Interested in viewing a short video which was shot in Maidenwater Canyon?

*Maidenwater Canyon Video*

Circle of Friends:
          Maidenwater 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.

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Keeping the feet dry in Middle Fork Not keeping the feet dry in South Fork

General Information:
          Maidenwater Canyon is an amazing technical canyoneering adventure. Good rock climbing skills are a bonus. The canyon requires complete technical gear. This canyon offers a multitude of route options. Depending on the route selected this canyon is rated 3B II to 3B R III using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential.

          Part of the appeal of this canyon is that many of the drops offer the opportunity to downclimb instead of rappelling. There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Hundreds of 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 not difficult in this canyon. Instead of placing bolts might I suggest teamwork and partner assisted techniques. The problem solving involved with using natural anchor and teamwork is considered to be a major part of the adventure with this route.

Hiking Variation:
          Hikers will be interested in the non-technical varation of this canyon known as Lower Maidenwater Canyon.

Ryan Cornia downclimbs Middle Fork Hank Moon enjoying South Fork

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is located next to a major State Road in the Hanksville area of Southern Utah. The trailhead is easily accessible year round by all vehicles.

Your fearless leader The by-pass tunnel at the finish

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