Kanarra Creek is a semi-technical canyoneering adventure. This canyon is remarkably photogenic. It is possible for novice hikers and families to visit the lower section of slot canyon. Those who want to visit the entire canyon and upper slot will need at least one experienced hiker or rock climber along to help defeat a few minor obstacles. This route will require 4 hours to complete. You will need a 30-foot rope for hand lines, belays, lowering packs and possible emergency use. I also suggest carrying a 30-foot length of webbing to replace the fixed handlines if necessary.
Kanarra Creek is the water supply for the town of Kanarraville. Please pick up all trash, avoid all water pipes and keep the water clean or we will lose this route to hiking.
is not accessible during spring run-off when water levels are high. Kanarra Creek requires
several miles of knee deep wading combined with a couple of sections of possible waist
deep wading. The water is cold and a hot day is suggested.
"Kanarra Creek On-Line Permit"
From the North:
From the South:
From the Kanarra Creek Trailhead (N37° 32' 15", W113° 10' 33"), pass through the gate and follow the dirt maintenance road up the hill for 1/4 mile to a large water tank (N37° 32' 19", W113° 10' 24"). Keep following the maintenance road as it descends for 1/4 mile to a stream crossing. After crossing the stream just keep following the dirt road to a second crossing. After the second crossing the maintenance road climbs to a fenced enclosure and ends (N37° 32' 17", W113° 09' 32").
From the fenced enclosure follow the hiking trail heading east. There are an abundance of different trails in the lower canyon but all roads lead to Rome. It's nearly impossible to get lost since the creek flows out of the slot canyon that is your destination. Just follow the trail that works best for you. All the trails converge in the upper canyon the route becomes easier.
Approximately 1 1/2 miles from the trailhead you will encounter the first section of slot canyon (N37° 32' 17", W113° 09' 11"). It is rather impressive as the creek appears to burst from the massive sandstone wall. Follow the creek and wade up through the first section of narrows. The head of the narrows is guarded by a massive 15-foot chokestone that you must climb up and over. This is normally the most difficult obstacle in the canyon. There is a knotted rope running between two bolts on the south (right) canyon wall to help you defeat this obstacle. Care should be used by the first person up to insure that the rope is in good condition. If not, please consider replacing it and packing out the trashed rope.
Above the massive chokestone the slot opens briefly with a couple interesting sandstone pools, the upper most pool contains a fun waterslide that drops you into the middle of the pool. Take a slide and have some fun.
The canyon remains extremely impressive as it slots up again above the waterslide and pool. Just keep wading up stream and you will reach the second major obstacle in the canyon. This is a 10-foot rock jam that you must again climb up and over. There is a rope running between two bolts on the south (right) canyon wall to help you defeat this obstacle. Care should be used by the first person up to insure that the rope is in good condition. If not, please consider replacing it and packing out the trashed rope.
Once above the second major obstacle you can hike up canyon as far as you desire. It is not long before all signs of a trail disappear and you will be constantly hiking up the creek bottom. It is an enjoyable stroll with changing scenery around every corner. Hike up canyon as far as you desire and than return the way you came.
No Dogs Allowed:
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