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High in a Mae West Slot.

Trail Canyon

Southern Utah
Technical Canyoneering

          Trail Canyon is amusing, physically demanding and technically challenging. The narrows are spine tingling and deceitful. Trail Canyon features what is known as a "Mae West Slot", which is a slot so narrow that it is impossible to pass through. This feature forces you to climb up and over the obstacle.

          Trail Canyon offers its charisma with only a short approach hike from a major highway. Any descent of this canyon requires intermediate or better rock climbing skills.

          One of my prevalent canyoneering partners considers this canyon the biggest bang per mile he has yet found on the Colorado Plateau.

Circle of Friends:
          Trail 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 up page.

"Circle of Friends"

          Trail Canyon is rated 3B R III using the Canyon Rating System. Every member of your group must be a skilled canyoneer. This canyon could be deadly for beginners, even with advanced leadership. The following description is not a substitute for common sense and experience. Do not underestimate the difficulty of descending this canyon. To safely descend this canyon every member of your group must be able to climb at a level of 5.7 or above. Anyone, who cannot climb at this level will be trapped in this canyon. You have been warned!

1st Rappel in Trail Canyon 2nd Rappel in Trail Canyon

General Information:
          Trail Canyon is an astounding technical canyoneering adventure that requires complete technical gear. This is a physical canyon requiring constant downclimbing, wading, climbing, stemming and chimneying. Good rock climbing skills are required. A GPS is useful and good map reading skills are essential.

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

Hank Moon above a Mae West slot Scott Patterson on rappel

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead to Trail Canyon is accessible to all vehicles.

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