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Rappeling in Birch Hollow

Birch Hollow
Zion National Park
Technical Canyoneering

          Birch Hollow is one of those "secret" canyons that you always hear about, or at least it was. The canyon was kept concealed so the local rap-n-swim kiddie canyoneers would not bolt it. But like all good things this came to a heartbroken end when a couple of gumbies bolted the canyon. Even with the bolts that are despised elsewhere on the Colorado Plateau, Birch Hollow is still an extraordinary slot canyon worthy of descent. The canyon is located just outside the Zion National Park boundary.

Circle of Friends:
          Birch Hollow 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"

Hiking down the slot One of several downclimbs

General Information:
         
Birch Hollow is a technical canyoneering adventure, which will require 4 hours to complete. A car spot is not required for this adventure. You will need complete technical gear to descend this canyon.

          Please limit group size to 12 or less in this drainage as larger groups are becoming an issue with the local BLM. Birch Hollow faces federal restrictions if the voluntary group size is not adhere to.

          Navigation for this adventure is moderate. Birch Hollow is rated 3A II using the Canyon Rating System. You do not need a Zion backcountry permit for this canyon. The canyon is located outside the National Park boundary. Birch Hollow has a moderate flash flood danger, check the weather report before attempting this route.

Rappeling the slot Your handsome tour guide

Trailhead Information:
         
Any vehicle can be driven to the trailhead with no problems during dry conditions.  This road becomes impassable to all vehicles (including four wheel drive) during wet conditions. There is no good camping in the immediate area.

Video:
          Enjoy a short video of Birch Hollow. Video compliments of Blake Merrell.

 


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