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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.
canyon offers its enchantment with only a short approach hike from a major highway. A
stylish descent requires moderate rock climbing skills.
in viewing a short video which was shot in Maidenwater 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
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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.
will be interested in the non-technical varation of this canyon known as Lower Maidenwater Canyon.
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.
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