Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pine Creek Canyon, Zion National Park

Descending Pine Creek Canyon is a short but thrilling adventure in the center of Zion National Park.

Great Cathedral Rappel 

The Pine Creek Canyon is deep, dark, cold and beautiful. A descent involves, rock scrambling, five rappels (several overhanging) and swimming through frigid pools. Pine Creek is rated 3B II on the ACA Canyon Rating System. On the afternoon of May 5, 2013 my wife Amy and I completed the descent in under three hours.

 Several of the rappels finish in deep pools

Wading one of many cold pools

Beautiful Narrows 

Forrest and Amy McCarthy

 Map by Climb-Utah.com

Both Canyoneering USA and Climb-Utah.com offer detailed maps and route descriptions for free. A backcountry permit is required.

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