Circle of Friends:
"Circle of Friends"
Upper Stair Canyon is rated 3A R II 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 provided description is not a substitute for commonsense 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. A rescue in this canyon would be dangerous and extremely difficult.
This canyon has no rappels, but is not recommended for inexperienced canyoneers since it does require some short upclimbs and extended periods of Mae West stemming.
A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. This route has a minor flash flood danger. You must be certain you are entering the intended drainage or you could encounter major difficulties.
This route does not require a shuttle vehicle. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is advised for accessing this trailhead, four-wheel-drive is not required, but those without 4-wheel drive will need to hike the final 2.2 miles to the actual trailhead. Lack of a 4-wheel drive will add approximately 45 minutes to your route time.
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