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madjohnboMain Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2007

madjohnbo

Very enjoyable canyon. We rappelled and downclimbed the first section. I would probably downclimb the entire thing next time. The shortcut to the slot was very nice and enjoyable in the early spring.
Posted Jun 21, 2007 1:10 pm

cp0915East & Main Forks  Sucess!

cp0915

Descended the east fork, explored the Ralston slot to the big rappel, then climbed out via the main fork. A very ho-hum canyon, though the climb out was interesting. The history, too, of course.
Posted Jun 14, 2007 10:34 am

mountaingazelleBluejohn Canyon  Sucess!

mountaingazelle

May 29, 2004 - I have to admit that I became interested in Bluejohn Canyon after reading about the Ralston accident. We descended the Main Fork Bluejohn Canyon. It had just rained a week before so we had to wade through a few pools of water. It is a very nice canyon.

April 24, 2005 - We entered the West Fork and did the main exit into Horseshoe Canyon. It was a drought year so the pool at the end of the big rappel was mostly dry. The weather was warm and the hike out was not very fun with the sun shining on us.
Posted Jun 13, 2007 4:52 pm

ScottBluejohn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 1998

Scott

I've been there several times via several routes.

I first noticed the canyon while hiking up from Horseshoe in the early 90's. At the blocking falls I noticed "hey, it looks like there might be a slot canyon up there". A few years later I returned with a WMC group and we completed the entire canyon Main Fork to Horseshoe and found out that it was a great slot canyon complex.

I told some people about it (including a writer), but little did I know that it would become one of the most famous and popular canyons in the state of Utah.

April 11-12 1998

I didn't know the canyon was that narrow, so I lead a two day trip all the way down the Main Fork and out Horseshoe Canyon. We all had full backpacks and it was difficult getting them through the slots!

October 19 2013

Kessler, Shaylee, and I met four other people (two from 14ers.com and two from Bogley) at Granary Springs in order to do some canyons. We chose the East Fork/West Fork of Blujohn loop, though we suspected there may be some water.

The route to the head of the canyon went without a hitch, but we suspected we may be in for some nice “surprises” after seeing some mud and pools before we even got to the narrows. The canyon was fun, but it was pretty wet, especially below the rappel. The pools were also slimy and hard to climb out of. The longest pool was an estimated 700 feet long! The adults could get by without swimming for most of the time, but the kids had to swim quite a bit. The water was quite cold.

As always, the narrows were really great, but since we were chilly, it was nice to get into the sunshine. After a nice lunch where we met another couple doing the canyon, we walked down canyon to the confluence of the East and West Forks. We climbed up the West Fork with no problems, though Kessler, Anya, and Dave took a more direct and challenging route up one of the falls.

After we got back to camp, we noticed the couple we met in the canyon were nowhere to be found. Where did they go? Long after dark, we saw them mosey into camp; apparently they took a wrong turn somewhere.

That night, the RV group next to us was extremely noisy and rude, so Anya, me, and the kids left at 10:30 PM and camped up the road a ways.
Posted Jun 13, 2007 3:51 pm

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