Tom Alexander and Mark Schnup at the exit to Woody

Woodruff Canyon Loop
aka: Woody & Woodchuck

Trachyte Creek
Technical Canyoneering

          This canyoneering route creates a lot of bang for the buck by combining two nice little slot canyons into an enjoyable loop.

Circle of Friends:
          Woodruff Canyon Loop 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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Bruce neumann in Woody Tom Alexander and his shadow exit Woodchuck

General Information:
          Woodruff Canyon Loop combines two slot canyons popularly known as Woodchuck and Woody into a nice single day adventure. Woodruff Canyon requires complete technical gear. Woodruff Canyon Loop is rated 4B R III using the Canyon Rating System. The canyons can be completed separately for those that desire. If completing the slots separately Woodchuck is rated 3A II and Woody is rated 4B R II using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential.

          There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which should be considered part of the game. 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.

Tom Alexander and Mark Schnup in a nice little section below the huge keeper pothole. Bruce Neumann exits the monster pothole

Trailhead Information:
          All vehicles can access this trailhead in all weather conditions.

Anther keeper pothole is bone dry Mark Schnup on rappel

          Enjoy a short video from Woodchuck Canyon courtesy of Blake Merrell.


          Enjoy a short video from Woody Canyon courtesy of Blake Merrell.



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