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EleutherosBeautiful First Zion Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2015


One of the best... perfect day. Sweet slide/rap into the Narrows.
Posted Sep 23, 2016 4:55 pm

awhite28Mystery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2016


Came in from East Mesa. Would have taken about 4 hours but I lost my cell phone and we spent about an hour looking for it. Luckily some canyoneers turned it in a few days later!
Posted Jul 8, 2016 7:52 pm

Atrain13gm10hrs+  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2015
My group used the time estimate in Tom Jones' guide to Zion -- definitely plan on the longer ~10 hours if you hike uphill from Weeping Rock. Leave early -- we left Weeping Rock at 9:45am and made it out at dusk.

Bring belay gloves -- not just for the belays, but also for Death Gully. We would have ripped up our hands on plants + rocks without them.
Posted Sep 5, 2015 11:13 pm

mike_lindachermystery   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2013


i'm in no way a pro, but our group never noticed this canyon as being over-bolted? perhaps they've been removed.
Posted Nov 11, 2013 5:58 pm

s_tuning@msn.comMystery  Sucess!


Beautiful canyon. Rap into the spring is fantastic.
Posted Jan 19, 2013 4:08 pm

Alex WoodAt Last  Sucess!

Alex Wood

Heard soo much talk about this canyon so I finally finally had to do it. It is a pretty canyon, but I had pretty high expectations going into it. It is definitely not my favorite Zion canyon or canyon on the Colorado plateau like it is for some. It is pretty and worth doing though. Like Scott said, it is way over bolted. From what I saw, not one of the bolts in the canyon is necessary. Oh well
Posted Jun 24, 2012 7:43 pm

GregHazLove the end!!  Sucess!


My favorite day of that whole trip. Make sure you keep your focus on the slippery rock at the last rappel with the crowd watching.

With Steve Ramras, Dave Pitney, Josh Huffman,Frank(?) and 2 others.
Posted Apr 25, 2011 3:26 pm

americanswissMystery  Sucess!


Survived an epic in this one, when we got our ropes stuck and of course didn't bring ascenders. Climbing partner forgot his headlamp. I lowered him into the narrows with an emergency rope not knowing how far the last drop was in the dark. He had hypothermia and wasn't prepared for fall conditions. Came 2 minutes from spooning with him. Called off search and rescue upon arriving to the car.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 1:15 am

patascentStill my favorite   Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2002


More than eight years have passed since I did this canyon and it is still my all time favorite. We did it before the permit system was in place and it was my 1st experience rapping into the water. The rap into the Virgin River was hilarious because people on the ground started clapping...a little strange but memorable.
Posted Sep 7, 2010 3:37 pm

blueshadeMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010


A number of shorter raps can easily be downclimbed, possibly the most fun part of this canyon besides the last rap. Not as pretty as some but definitely nice.
Posted Jun 26, 2010 2:58 pm

junoiceclimberMystery Solved  Sucess!


Loved every facet of the route: the hike up and out, the descent down in, the slots, crossing of the lake, the raps into the pools, the wet rap into the Virgin, and wading out to see strangers who did not have as cool of visit to Zion as us who have solved the mystery.
Posted Mar 26, 2010 2:33 am

Day HikerMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2009

Day Hiker

With Rick Kent and Seahorse. The loose crap on the downhill part of the approach really sucked, but everything else was great.
Posted Jul 3, 2009 4:28 am

jamesmhMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2008


A very fun and scenic canyon which I thoroughly enjoyed. We must have hit it during a dry spell; didn't have a bit of water until Mystery Springs. After that it was a little chilly, but not too bad. Doing the final rap to the light of headlamps was fantastic.
Posted Nov 26, 2008 2:24 am

LaMusaMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008


This was my first canyoneering experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I must say that the hardest part for me was the climb down into the canyon through Death Gully. I hated that part! The rest was amazing!
Posted Jun 26, 2008 7:04 pm

madsjimFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008


Really Fun. I really enjoyed the dunk into Mystery Springs, cold and invigorating! Nothing overly difficult and a fun romp for a day.
Posted Jun 9, 2008 3:30 pm

bobeckMany times..  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2007


Did it with Tanya this last time.
Posted Dec 18, 2007 3:45 pm

tanyaMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2007


Beautiful canyon and was lucky enough to avoid the cold swim. ;)
Posted Nov 30, 2007 1:41 pm

Rice ClimberMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2006

Rice Climber

A perfect way to spend Thanksgiving weekend... heading down Mystery Canyon!
Posted Aug 6, 2007 8:48 pm

John StyrnolMystery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2003

John Styrnol

Done this canyon around 4-5 times during different times of the year, a classic.
Posted Jun 12, 2007 8:29 pm

mountaingazelleMystery Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2003


Did Mystery Canyon during a WMC canyoneering trip. We did two other canyons in the same weekend.
Posted Jun 12, 2007 6:06 pm

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