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    07/04/15 - Adams Canyon Waterfall

    To those in Northern Utah and are familiar with the Adams Canyon hike located in Layton, the destination is the 35ft waterfall after the 1.5 mile hike.

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    Out of the dozens of times I have hiked this, I have always wanted to rappel the waterfall. Many years ago, a few friends and I rappelled the Lower Falls (about 15ft) but not the upper. On the 4th, this just happened by chance and so my buddy Ian and I hiked up in the hot afternoon (which was a perfect combo) while most of the crowds were away. Puuurfect!


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    As far as I have researched, no one has posted a TR or even a blog post online, so this TR is more for that reason. I did come across one candition report where one person did do the rappel, but that's all I had to go from.



    From a technical perspective, there are 2 raps. The first one is a low-angle rap of 15ft which goes directly through the creek (Class C conditions). The rocks are quite slippery, but if you hang to the left side LUC (on rappel) you will avoid the slips. A 100ft rope is what I would suggest in bringing so you can double (or single and biner it) and to give you enough rope to do a easy rope-pull.

    From there, it's a 10ft walk to the bolts located on the right LDC. This avoids the blunt of the waterfall but still allows you to get wet.


    I would even call this a great beginner Class C, route. Even kid friendly if you have at LEAST 2 trained or experienced adults. If you are beginner to Canyoneering, please wait until late June or July once the water has receded a bit before proceeding. It would be a dangerous flow in earlier months to those who are ill-prepared and trained.



    Once you reach the waterfall, you will be presented with two routes. One in which I'm calling the "standard" route, which is followed by the crevice climb located to your North. Once on top of the rock scree, head towards the waterfall and downclimb in one or two spots and you are there. This route takes 5-10minutes. It's fairly easily even for those with no climbing or canyoneering skills.

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    The other approach is the "sport" route which is exposed and can be protected, but for experienced canyoneers with climbing experience it will be cake-walk. If you have young kids, I wouldn't take them on this route.

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    Once on top of the falls, you will be greeted to this. Ian and I didn't find any webbing or bolts on our first survey until we were down-climbing and saw it in plain-sight. This rap is about 15ft in length but takes you directly through the stream. Young kids will have a issue with this, so it's best to have an experienced adult go first and belay and coordinate from the bottom. Again, if you hang to the right side, LDC, you can avoid the slippery parts.

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    From there, walk 10ft to the cliff wall on the right side, LDC, to the two-bolt station. Where Ian is standing is where it is.

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    Looking down from the rap station:

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    And the aftermath:


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    And a video of Ian rappelling the falls:



    I included a KMZ file (Google Earth file) which shows the waypoints and canyon path for the visually-minded.


    PS - With this TR you will now see more people rappelling off the falls...(way to go Brett, ruin the hike and waterfall...)
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    ●Hiking Treks (my younger brother's website): hiking guides at www.thetrekplanner.com
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    "He who walks on the edge, will eventually fall."

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    I've been wanting to get up there to rap those falls, but the flow had been pretty heavy with all the spring rains.
    Looks like it's good to go now, so I'll have to hoof it up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    I've been wanting to get up there to rap those falls, but the flow had been pretty heavy with all the spring rains.
    Looks like it's good to go now, so I'll have to hoof it up there.
    It is. You should go!

    I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it when you return.


    Oh, the entire trip was 3 hours car to car, btw. Not to shabby. And we didn't wear any wetsuits although the creek got us about waist high on the 1st rap.
    ●Canyoneering 'Canyon Conditions' @ www.candition.com
    ●Subscribe to my friend Jeff's Youtube Channel - you can watch our adventures there.
    ●Hiking Treks (my younger brother's website): hiking guides at www.thetrekplanner.com
    "There are two ways to die in the desert - dehydration and drowning." -overhearing a Park Ranger at Capitol Reef N.P.
    "He who walks on the edge, will eventually fall."

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    I'll have to rap the lower falls on the way back down. Not to one-up ya, but....... OK, it is.

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    I rappelled this four years ago or so, and we anchored from a tree higher up. I don't remember bolts. It's a fun, exhilarating rappel

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    I'll just add on to this Trip Report since it's already got some good info. Thanks to an invite from @jman this past weekend, 3 of us rappelled down Adams Canyon Waterfall, and it was a lot of fun. I brought the drone up as well for a different point of view, I'll have that video done in about a week.

    I just got back from a concert in Denver so I've been a little late on posting some things here.

    Here are a few shots. Brett went up with his friend Rob first while I grabbed some footage with my drone, then I went up afterwards with Brett with a GoPro. Brett and I went the steeper, faster route. I'll let @jman answer any questions about height and the anchor setup, which may be visible from a picture here:




































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    I finally managed to put this video together from over a week ago, thanks again @jman for the invite. I thought it was time to throw some disco funk music on a video again.


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