We did this as a two car hike starting from Chimney Rock trailhead and ending at the visitor center. This was a fun and beautiful canyon.
June 23 2012
Kessler went to Cub Scout day camp today, so Shaylee and I decided to go play in Southern Utah since she likes the water so much and since it would be a good place to escape the heat.
We met Dean, his wife Amy, and two daughters Haley and Marlee at the Single Tree Campground. We first decided to check out the canyoneering potential of Single Tree Creek. We went down to the waterfalls and checked things out before returning to the trailhead to gear up.
We went to rap the waterfalls, but Haley and Marlee didn’t want to, so along with Amy they bypassed them. We all met again and followed the creek for a ways, but it became evident that the canyon was only going to stay a wide valley down below, so we returned to the trailhead and headed for Sulphur Creek.
Even though I just did Sulphur Creek the month before, we did it again since we knew that it was always a good choice in hot weather. All of the kids had a blast in Sulphur Creek and we took our time through the canyon. It was easier than the month before because the water was clear and there was much less of it.
May 28 2012
Because today was supposed to be the hottest day of the three day weekend, Shaylee, Kessler, Kimberly, Jeremiah and I decided to explore the deep slot canyon containing Sulphur Creek. This is probably the 2nd best non-technical hike in the park, after Halls Creek Narrows.
We started from Chimney Rock and followed the side canyon down to Sulphur Creek. As we continued down canyon we could see people way up on the rim (an NPS roadside overlooks exist up there) 800-900 feet above us. They could see us well enough to wave.
We continued down canyon through the nice narrows. Even though it was a warm day, we still got chilled slightly with all the water around. There were three challenging waterfalls to climb; otherwise the only other challenge was just lots of wading and rocks. The kids had a lot of fun climbing the waterfalls.
The last waterfall was the messiest of all and required some delicate maneuvering. After the last waterfall, it was a nice and pretty walk all the way to the visitor center.
Many other times as well, dating back to May 1988.
...in a beautiful place.