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Circle of Friends:
Sneak & Peak
Zion National Park
Canyon is considered one of the true classics for good reason, the canyon is a difficult,
dangerous, physically demanding and technically challenging. The beauty of this canyon is
spectacular; the narrows are extremely long, dramatic, unrelenting and hazardous. The
Sneak and Peek route described below cherry picks the best part of the canyon. Kind of
like getting laid without getting married. This route is sometimes referred to as
"The Short Cut".
Canyon offers its charm at a high price. The route is difficult and should be considered
for advanced and highly skilled canyoneers only. Descent requires icy cold swimming and a
multitude of rappels. The biggest hazard in Imlay are the "keeper potholes"
that require hooking to exit. The keeper potholes could prove deadly for the unskilled and
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"
member of your group must be a skilled canyoneer. This canyon could be deadly for
beginners, even with advanced leadership. Do not underestimate the difficulty of descending this
canyon. Give the keeper potholes serious consideration, they can be lethal. A rescue
in this canyon would be dangerous and extremely difficult.
Canyon using the "Sneak and Peek" route is rated 4B R IV using the Canyon
Rating System. This canyon has an extreme flash
flood danger, check the local weather report before entering this canyon.
Canyon is a technical canyoneering adventure and requires a Zion backcountry permit to descend. Imlay Canyon requires
complete technical gear. Navigation for this
route is moderately difficult. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are
essential. Any error in navigating this route could have serious consequences.
This route is accessible to
any vehicle in any weather conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not required.
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