Hiked this one twice now, though the first time we only made it up Ding then reversed our ascent route. This second time, we made it up Ding--quite scenic, by the way--which had more obstacles--in the form of water-filled potholes and chokestones--than I'd remembered, anyways we scrambled up and down the sides of the canyon and generally had a good time. The trouble was, almost everyone ran out of water somewhere around the end of Ding, which made the next section--the blazing hot walk in the shadow of the Ding Dang Dome--less than enjoyable. Needless to say, the descent down Dang was something of a disaster. It was enjoyable, yes, and the obstacles, while being fairly challenging, were certainly not impossible for me and the other more experienced hikers. However, there were plenty of very out-of-shape people with us, and--keeping in mind that those of us who were in shape were exhausted and dehydrated by the end of the hike--they really didn't fare too well. Despite our fiasco, I would recommend this canyon to anyone looking for a real canyoneering adventure!
1st: 11/8/14 - Fun introduction to canyoneering, non-technical but enough challenges to keep you on your toes, particularly in the Dang Canyon. Between the chockstones and a few water sections we had to stem, it definitely showed me that I was not just on a hike!
2nd: 2/25/17 - With Rachael, fun the second time around too, first winter Canyon. Water in Dang we had to stem below a chockstone near the lower end of the canyon.
Mellow and pretty
ding was a fun jaunt, but i really liked dang. many mini-technical adventures, slides, technical downclimbs, and three water obstacles. another great excursion in the san rafael swell!
oh yeah, don't bother with the ding dang dome. it's a giant exploding sandcastle. i didn't like it at all!
Today Kim, Kessler, Shaylee and I completed the Ding and Dang Canyon Loop, which is located in the San Rafael Swell. We weren't going to do a narrow canyon and we drove down to Green River in the rain, but once we hit Green River, there was nothing but sunshine.
We completed the loop in a fairly fast three hours. The kids liked the scrambling sections, but the route was fairly easy compared to what we're used to. It's a really fun route.
We met one family in the canyon that was struggling, but they told us that they didn't need help.
Did the loop up ding and down dang on a cloudy day...oh and had no use of my right arm. Had to do a lot of free jumps :)
Hiked clockwise, slightly more difficult and more fun.
This was a fun loop I did a few years back, can't recall the date right now.
A perfect little taste of the san rafael. Wonderful.
Nice loop hike with very few people for Memorial Day weekend.
A step up in difficulty from Little Wild Horse and Bell, so you have the place to yourself. Nothing beats the canyons of the San Rafael.
Great success! Dang was a bit challenging for my novice canyoneering abilities. Nice set of canyons and beautiful scenary. Not much water, only a short twenty yard span...easy to get around if you don't wanna get wet.
These are cool canyons with no crowds.
A blast, what a way to finish off a 5 day trip through Southern Utah! Ding is an easy run/hike up with a few short scrambles. Dang was lots of fun to descend, all kinds of scrambling down, stemming, and wedging to be had. Was able to stay above all the potholes without issue.
The last pool in Dang that we had to wade was a bit nasty, it had some dead animal parts!
Did this canyon over Memorial Day weekend a few years ago and it became one of my favorites right away. The water in Dang was easily waist deep.
Did the loop up Ding Canyon and down Dang Canyon. The potholes and narrows were full of water. This hike was a lot of fun.