Descended this puppy with a few folks sometime in summer 2005 or 2006. Very pretty.
Did it again with DB and Double-A in fall 2008. Also went through a portion of it while returning from the 1st ascent of Flagpole Mountain.
May 20 2007
Nice canyon. Downclimbed all but five rappels.
July 10 2022
In the morning, Kim decided she didn't want to do Mystery Canyon, so instead of wait for the shuttle, Kim dropped Justin and I off at the trailhead. This was a good think since it would be a hot day.
We made good time to the head of Mystery Canyon at Blew By Peak and we found the route down. The Death Gully seemed worse than I had remembered it; at least the top part.
We desceded the Death Gully, this time doing several rappels. On my first trip through in 2007, we downclimbed everything in the Death Gully and downclimbed everything in Mystery Canyon except for three rappels in the Rock Narrows and the two end rappels. It was interesting to see how skilled we were at downclimbing 15 years ago; I wouldn't do several of the downclimbs today.
We made our way to the Rock Narrows and enjoyed that slot (though it was too short!), passing another group along the way. After the Rock Narrows, the canyon widens and was getting really hot. The "lake" in the canyon was completely dry and it was a bit strenuous to climb over the rockfall dam in the heat.
Although a lot of the canyon is average by Zion standards, the canyon does have one of the coolest endings around. We did the big rap at Mystery Springs and finally got a dip in a deep pool. From here on the canyon was wonderful and wet. We downclimbed one waterfall and waded some deep pools before arriving at the top of the final rappel into Zion Narrows. A lot of people were watching us from the Narrows! One person even grabbed the rope from the bottom while I was trying to get on rappel!
After doing the rappel, we hiked down the Zion Narrows and called Kim to come pick us up. It was a good canyon and the only bad part was the hot section between teh Rock Narrows and Mystery Springs.