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Deep Creek is a canyoneering adventure that will require 3 days to complete for experienced hikers. The less experienced, high water or muddy water conditions will require additional time. The total route is 23 1/4 miles long. A lengthy car shuttle is required for this adventure.
Deep Creek is rated 1C VI using the Canyon Rating System. You will need a Zion backcountry permit for this canyon. Deep Creek has a high flash flood danger, check the weather report at the Visitor Center when you pick up your permit.
You will need a hiking staff or trekking poles to provide sure footing during the miles of river hiking. An old pair of ski poles also work great. You will want to pack everything that is to stay dry into drybags. Visit my gear suggestions for the proper footwear and clothing, this is not a technical canyon so many of the items in the gear section are not required but are still worth reading about to gather ideas for enjoyable wet canyoneering.
Deep Creek requires many miles of wading with depths up to chest deep combined with a couple of possible short swims. If required, the swimming is never further than 10 to 15 feet. Navigation for this adventure is moderate since there is no real trail for most of the route. You will be walking and wading in a river for long periods of time.Trailhead Information:
All vehicles can reach the trailhead in good weather conditions.
The east rim of Deep Creek is dominated by an area known as Hogs Heaven. An entertaining legend is connected with this area. Hogs Heaven was named after "Hog" Allen, an early pioneer who claimed ownership to much of the land to the east of Deep Creek. According to legend, Hog swore to evict ranchers who came later to stake legal homesteads, but died before he could carry out his threats. But neighboring ranchers and their families became subject to mysterious and fatal accidents on the anniversary of Hog Allen's death, which encouraged them to desert the area. It is said that, on certain nights, a mist drifts down the Golden Staircase and settles over Hog Allen's grave. This phenomenon is said to be the spirit of Hog Allen returning to do a dance on the east rim.
Human Waste Disposal:
The National Park Service has introduced a human waste disposal program for overnight users in the Narrows. An environmentally friendly human waste disposal bag, complete with use and disposal instructions, will be provided to all party members with every Narrows overnight permit. The bag is called Restop 2. It is a lightweight, sanitary way to pack out waste. The bag within a bag design and ziplock closure securely contains waste and odor, while the special blend of polymers instantly breaks down waste and turns it into a deodorized gel. The contents of the bag are safe for landfills and may be deposited in the trash. Use of this waste disposal system is strongly encouraged as a means for protecting the Virgin River.
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