"The idea of wilderness needs no defence, it only needs defenders." -Edward Abbey
Ryan Choi's 2008 Notes: Section 1: Arches National Park to Hurrah Pass, Utah. m.24.9, pg. 41. Instead of crossing the Colorado River via the Hwy 191 bridge, hikers can use the newly constructed fooot-bridge just upriver! *WATER* Willow spring had good trickle flow. Good flow and availability in Courthouse Wash all the way to the Colorado, except for a short dry section above the Arches NP bridge. Matrimony Spring was good. Kane Spring was Good. Ryan Choi, March-April 2008. Section 2: Hurrah Pass, Utah to Big Spring Trailhead, Canyonlands National Park. m.3.9-4.5, pg. 54. To get to the road above the river, go up the slope with a green cattle gate ( just walk around it ). Follow the double track along the embankment until you link back up with the main road. m.23.1, pg. 55. The drainage is marked by large man-made stone columns made to support a fence across the top of the drainage. m.23.8, pg. 55. The dripping spring is no longer piped, the water now collects in a small puddle. *WATER* m.19.1 There was a faint trickle of water in the Lockhart drainage, 1/2 to 3/4 miles down the wash from the road. m.23.8 Lockhart Spring flowed enough to take from. Looks like it also used to be piped. m.35.1 water appeared intermittently below pour off in Rustler to confluence with Indian Creek. Indian Creek flowing. Ryan Choi, April 2008. Section 3: Big Spring Trailhead, Canyonlands National Park to Hite, Utah. m.29.0, pg. 71. South Spring was dry in July 2008. m.30.4, pg. 71. Found it tough to follow the double track to the Fable Valley trail register. m.34.1, pg. 71. From the register, go straight ahead through the willows in the wash bottom. Do not continue following the road. Follow a faint pack trail on the far side that is sparsely cairned. The route will climb to a high saddle, then contour around the inside of a multiheaded basin. The route will traverse along the southern wall of Gypsum Canyon. Stay on the level, until it contours around. Eventually you'll find yourself on the sandy floor of Fable Valley. m.38.3, pg. 72. No dank water was found heading up the side arm out of fable Valley ( July 2008 ). m.38.5, pg. 72. Once you get to the stock pond ( it was dry in July 2008 ) make sure you take the double track on the far side of the pond coming in from the SW. Follow the road down Horse Pasture until it crosses the wash to the west side. Leave the road here and follow the wash down to the bottom of Youngs Canyon. Use a cattle trail on the left hand side to navigate a pour-off. m.40.2, pg. 72. Follow the wash in Youngs Canyon a ways. Before you go too far, get up on the left hand bench. Don't start climbing yet. Traverse until a big secondary drainage comes in from the SE. The big, impassable pour-off occurs just below this junction. Start climbing up the south wall of the main canyon, through the Cedar Mesa sandstone benches of the main canyon, until you get to the rim. m.42.2, pg. 73. Once you reach the point overlooking Youngs Canyon, look for a well-cairned route down the SW side. Follow it down the benches as it zig-zags to the SE in the side tributary. Go in between the tall chimney tower to the west, and follow a steep but well-beaten footpath down the talus to the canyon bottom. No pack lowerings were necessary. Found no water in the bottom of Youngs Canyon ( July 2008 ). m.45.0, pg. 74. Walking down the bottom of Youngs, you will come to yet another large pour-off. [ very helpful description from Steve Allen's Canyoneering 2 ] "skirt along the rim on the lift. The trail drops 50ft through a cliff-band to the righ/north to a lower bench. If you travel too far along the upper rim, you get rimmed out and a pinnacle below the rim of the canyon appears. Backtrack until you find a trail. Follow the bench down the canyon to a saddle between the pinnacle and the main cliff. Descend a steep slope south to the gray limestone floor of a side canyon..." You will soon reach the canyon bottom. About 1/2 mile above the confluence with Dark Canyon, found a good flowing spring in the thick reeds and willows on the wall on canyon left. THIS WAS THE FIRST WATER SINCE FABLE VALLEY - July 2008. *WATER* m.29.0 South Spring DRY in July 2008! m.34.1 No running water in lower Fable Valley. A small seep with a pool to filter from was found about 1/2 mile up from where the pack trail hits the valley floor, on the western side. If no water can be found, hike up 3 miles to the reliable Fable Spring. m.42.2 No water found in bottom of Youngs Canyon. m.51.0 Good flowing spring among the willows before the confluence with Dark Canyon. m.51.9 Good water the whole way down Dark Canyon. Ryan Choi July 2008. Section 4: Hite, Utah to Poison Springs Canyon, Utah. m.13.2, pg. 92. Once you find the route down from the rim into Fiddler Cove Canyon, veer to the left hand side of the debris field. The scree near the pinnacles ends in a short drop off. *WATER* m.27.1 Good water at piped masonry spring. Ryan Choi April 2008. Section 5: Poison Springs Canyon, Utah to the Burr Trail, Capitol Reef National Park. m.4.9, pg. 106. Heading SSW from the T-junction will lead you to the lip of a 100ft drop-off above Butler wash. Instead, drop into the small drainage in front of the t-junction, and follow it SE until it feeds into a lower section of Butler. Continue up Butler wash. m.5.3, pg. 106. Alternately, there is a good dirt road that parallels this feeder side drainage to the SE. m.23.3, pg. 108. To navigate the 2nd pour-off, you'll have to contour around the head of 1 or 2 side drainages before you're able to return to the bottom of Sweetwater Creek. *WATER* m.10.0 Good water in Crescent Creek. m.20.8 Small creek of snowmelt in Sweetwater Creek until it disappears at the road at m.21.9. m.23.7 Small seep puddles at the mouth of side canyon. m.37.1 Decent creek on Swap mesa. m.41.6 Manky mudhole in Swap Canyon, but drinkable. Ryan Choi April 2008. Section 6: Burr Trail, Capitol Reef National Park to Hole-in-the-rock Road, Utah. m.20.4, pg. 125. Once you leave the mining track, head for the southern point of the curve in the wingate cliffs. No need to climb much as you follow the gradual bench, while bushwhacking through the pinyon and junipers. You might find some massively built cairns along the way somewhere in the dense vegetation. m.21.8, pg. 125. Looking west from the pass at the top of the red Slide and Middle moody Canyon, keep an eye out for a faint mining track midway above and on the left hand ( south ) side of the drainage. From the pass, you can reach it from either side of the drainage, but the Chinle is too loose/steep to attempt the drainage itself. Once you reach the track, follow it until it goes beyond a pour-off in the main drainage. Leave the road, find a break in the rim, and follow a shoulder that heads back into the bottom of Middle Moody Canyon. All drainages lead to Middle Moody. *WATER* m.17.9 Found good shaded pothole water up side canyon to Brimhall Arch. m.22.9 found a few shallow pools of good water in Middle Moody Canyon. m.31.3 Good pools in Middle Moody all the way to the Escalante River. m.34.2 Escalante was knee/thigh deep, and filterable, but could easily turn to mud if conditions permit. m.59.7 Incredible springs all the way up Coyote gulch. m.67.2 A good trickle of water was followed for about 1 mile up hurricane Wash, until the last of the cottonwoods. Ryan Choi April 2008. Section 7: Hole-in-the-rock Road, Utah to Round Valley Draw, Utah. m.8.7-11.0, pg. 142. Beyond Mudholes Spring, pack trail is incredibly difficult to follow. Trail was indistinct or non-existent through dense sage growth. NEED GOOD TOPO MAPS! m.18.3, pg. 142. In lower Monday canyon, the relatively level drainage will plunge into a steep, boulder-choked rockfall. Navigate overland to the east around the rockfall, to avoid scrambling down the blocked drainage. Traverse along the bench, and rejoin the bottom of the drainage via one of the many side drainages. m.21.3, pg. 143. Use cattle trails up the steep western benches to avoid walking the narrower boulder and tamarisk-choked drainage in Rogers Canyon. *WATER* m.8.7 Mudholes Spring was excellent flow. m.14.0 Found a small tank of sludgy water beneath a pour-off in upper Monday Canyon. m.37.6 Good water in Last Chance Creeek all the way to the intersection with Smoky Mountain Road. m.54.0-59.6 Water disappears from Last Chance 1 or 2 miles above Smoky Mountain Road. It reappears 1 mile into Paradise Canyon, and can be found all the way to the head of the canyon. There is what seems to be a permanent spring right next to the jeep road exit out of Paradise Canyon. m.70.5 Tommy Smith and Wahweap Creeks were dry. Ryan Choi May 2008. Section 8: Round Valley Draw, Utah to Willis Creek, Utah. m.13.1 No water in upper Hackberry Canyon. Water began 1 mile above confluence with Stone Donkey Canyon. *WATER* m.13.1-20.8 Good water from middle Hackberry all the way through to the Cockscomb and Cottonwood Creek. m.30.1-36.7 Good flowing water in Kitchen Hogeye, Snake, and Deer Creek Canyons. m.38.0 There is an excellent piped spring about 1.5 miles beyond Deer Creek Canyon. Listen for running water coming out of a grove of cottonwoods against the western wall. It is about 1/2 mile down canyon from the standing Lone Rock pinnacle. m.46.7 Good water through Sheep Creek and Willis Creek all the way through the narrows to the junction with the Skutumpah Road. Ryan Choi May 2008. Section 9: Willis Creek, Utah to the Arizona Trail Stateline Trailhead. m.8.9, pg. 172. Intersection with the Under the Rim Trail. m.20.9, pg. 173. Mutton Hollow trail junction not found -RC. There is a trail ( apparently obliterated ) that connects Mutton Hollow at this point with the trail down from Yovimpa Pass -JM. m.23.4, pg. 173. Should read "Follow the dirt road SOUTHEAST down Lower Podunk." Suggest following Lower Podunk about a mile farther to the junction with the Great Western trail. head SE on Lower Podunk, then east on road coming in from left, through Bullrush Hollow, to the junction with the Skutumpah Road. m.64.8, pg. 174. Coyote Valley Road is also Known as House Rock Valley Road. *WATER* m.7.5 Small flow in Willis Creek on private property. m.13.8 Iron Spring was clear, running and well marked. Did not see Birch Spring. m.16.8 Rainbow Point has spigots in the parking lot, but they are frequently turned off or broken. Don't count on getting water here. m.20.9 Did not see Bullberry spring. m.21.6 Riggs Spring was fenced and flowing. m.24.5 Good water in a cattle tank. m.27.9 Good water at the head of Bullrush gorge. m.34.0 In Park Wash, about 1/2 mile below the junction at the northern end of No Mans Mesa, there is a cattle tank and an old cabin tucked away at the base of the western wall. There was an ample flow of water from the cattle tank. m.43.5 On Park Wash Road, when you come to an old corral on right side ( about 3 miles south of the junction with Nipple Ranch Road ), follow a steep road for 1/4 mile up a drainage on east side to a clear spring. You'll pass an old CCC tank and some old piping before you reach the spring nestled at the base of the cliffs. m.58.5 Kaibab Gulch was dry. Ryan Choi May 2008. Section 10: Arizona Trail Stateline Trailhead to Nankoweap Trailhead, Grand Canyon NP. Topo List should include the following maps: Coyote Buttes, AZ; Buck Pasture Canyon, AZ; Cooper Ridge, AZ; Jacob Lake, AZ; Telephone Hill, AZ; Cane, AZ. m.32.0-41.0 A burned section from the Warm Fire officially shut down the AZT from where it crosses FR205 all the way to Crane Lake. *WATER* m.25.0 Lots of water in Big Ridge Tank. m.41.0 Lots of water in Crane Lake. m.43.0 Lots of water in Pleasant Valley Ponds. m.51.0 Dog Lake good. m.53.4 Crystal Spring good. m.55.9 Sourdough Spring good. Ryan Choi June 2008. Section 11: Nankoweap Trailhead to Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon National Park. NOTE: The NPS states that it is 14.8 miles from the Nankoweap Trailhead to the Colorado River, a tough trail to hike all the way in a single day. Be wary of your footing as you hike down the loose gravel in the Bright Angel Shale in the section below Tilted Mesa. m.14.4, pg. 208. There will generally be a game trail following the river, just above the mass of tamarisk and locust trees. m.32.0, pg. 210. You'll come back to the river first at the mouth of Escalante Creek, not Neville's Rapid. m.37.7, pg. 211. Should read "Now follow Escalante Creek down to the Colorado River. Follow the canyon bottom a short distance then the trail traverses west to bypass a pour-off and then descends to the canyon bottom. Continue down Escalante Creek to the mouth of the canyon. The trail now climbs SW above the river and follows a rising ramp of Shinumo Quartzite. Stay on top of this formation and follow the trail SE into the bed of Seventyfive Mile Creek." m.38.3, pg. 211. Should read "Follow the bed of Seventyfive Mile Creek NW back down to the Colorado River."
m.46.5, pg. 211. Miners Spring is also known as Page Spring. m.47.1, pg. 211. Stay right once you reach the top of Horseshoe Mesa. You will see a sign to Cottonwood Creek near the old abandoned miner's cabin. *WATER* m.7.8 Nankoweap Trail was dry all the way to Nankoweap Creek about ten miles from the trailhead. Excellent springs in Nankoweap Creek. m.10.6 The Colorado River is great to filter from. Take water from the river as often as possible. m.14.4 Good water in Kwagunt Creek. m.20.0 Make sure to take water from the main river channel that is not mixing with the Little Colorado River. The LCR is highly travertine, and cannot be filtered out. m.46.5 Page Spring is designated by the NPS as slightly arsenic. We didn't drink from it, but the immediate consequences of dehydration in the Canyon are much more severe than the long-term effects of mild arsenic consumption. Ryan Choi June 2008. Section 12: Horseshoe Mesa to North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park. *WATER* m.0.9 Good water flowing in Cottonwood Creek. m.6.6 Found some water in one of the side draws on the south side of Grapevine Creek marked as a spring on the topo maps. m.12.0 Boulder Creek was dry. m.14.9 Lonetree Canyon had good water. m.17.7 Cremation Creek was dry. m.22.5 Good water at Phantom Ranch in Bright Angel Creek, even if the pipe is broken-which it always is.. m.28.1 Good water at Ribbon Falls. m.32.9 Excellent water at Roaring Spring. Ryan Choi June 2008. Section 13: North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park to Hack Canyon, Arizona. m.30.2, pg. 235. A good long sleeve shirt and long pants will make the bushwhacking more tolerable. You will pass at least two climbable pour-offs before you get to the bypass mentioned. m.32.6, pg. 236. There were actually dozens of potholes and slippery limestone chutes to navigate through the series of narrows. Many have high water routes around them, but be wary - many have slick footing with exposure. In June, the potholes weren't freezing, but actually refreshing in the summertime heat. Just above the junction with Stina Canyon, you will have to negotiate a 150ft pour-off too high to lower packs down. Traverse an exposed 3ft wide bench along the left hand side of the wall, and ski a steep scree slope to the bottom. From Swamp Point it took us 9 hours to go the 5 miles DOWN to the junction with Tapeats Canyon. m.33.1, pg. 236. TapeatsCanyon was dry at junction with Crazy Jug. m.44.4-49.4, pg. 237. One of the toughest sections of the trail. Watch your footing and take your time here. Occasionally, there will be cairns or game trails to help you through. The going gets tougher the closer you get to Kanab Creek. m.56.0, pg. 238. Travel becomes difficult up Kanab Creek all the way to Showerbath Spring. m.67.0, pg. 238. From Chamberlain to Hack Canyon, use well-worn horse trails across the benches and through the willows once you leave the Redwall. *WATER* m.32.6 Pothole water found in the narrows all the way to Stina Canyon. m.35.0 Tapeats Canyon was dry until a set of springs located 1 mile above confluence with Tapeats Creek. m.37.4 Awesome flow from Thunder River/tapeats Creek. m.40.9 Great Water at Deer Creek Spring. Flows all the way to the Colorado River. m.49.4-57.9 Water flowing in Kanab Creek. Excellent water at Showerbath Spring. m.58.0 There is a small spring located about 1 mile up canyon from Showerbath Spring. Water will effectively disappear here. This may be the last flowing water until the East Fork Virgin River. There is a reliable source in the second cleft from the left about 1/2 to 1 mile up-canyon from Jumpup Canyon. m.68.0 Found what seemed to be perennial water in Kanab Creek about a mile above Chamberlain Canyon. m.77.1 Willow Spring is more than just unreliable, but is now marked and designated as highly alkali and radioactive. DO NOT DRINK! Ryan Choi June 2008. Section 14: Hack Canyon, Arizona to the Weeping Wall, Zion National Park. m.41.5, pg. 258. 4WD track was very sandy to walk. m.50.5, pg. 259. Alternatively, there is a ( pseudo ) marked route down into Rock Canyon. Starting at the small turn around, go east down a series of footpaths down along the benches, and follow them to the mouth of Rock Canyon and the East Fork Virgin River. m.54.2, pg. 259. You can get around the small falls to the right. there is a small eddy at the base of the falls as described in the book, but the ledge on the rigth wall pinches out. You're going to get wet, but you should be used to that by now... m.54.9, pg. 259. Did not see the small waterfall in the side canyon in July 2008. m.55.6, pg. 260. Use extreme caution when climbing up Fat Man's Misery, it's very loose and unstable. *WATER* NOTE: Several bulldozed stock tanks will be encountered on the way to Yellowstone Spring. Some have muddy water that could be used in emergencies. m.11.5 Stock tanks were pretty green here. To get to Yellowstone Spring, keep going straight on the double track when the main road starts making a short climb up Yellowstone mesa to the NW. You'll find some dry ponds and broken cement tanks. Look to the west in the colorful Chinle hillside, and you'll find 3 short tunnels dug out, each with a small spring and pump system. Please respect the rancher's water system! m.21.0 Good water at Maroney Well. Windmill wasn't pumping but there was water in the pond. m.37.2 Pine spring was dry. m.41.5 Kane Spring had decent water in it. m.42.7 Could not find Wyatt Spring. m.50.5-54.9 Excellent water in East fork Virgin River. m.65.6 Good water at Stave Spring. m.69.9 Good water at the Weeping Wall. Ryan Choi July 2008.