Barney Springs Canyon
This is a true epic. Barney Springs Canyon drops quickly and roughly on its course to the West Fork of Oak Creek. It is similar to many of the other tributaries of the West Fork but, in my opinion, is the most physical. Both times I have done this route we have ended a very long day with a hike out thru dark down the West Fork. Like most other canyoneering routes the price of admission is worth it, as you are rewarded with a fantastic adventure. Be prepared for rappels up to 110 feet, and many awkward and difficult drops. As well, there is a very large keeper pothole that could offer you a significant challenge. Both times I have gone thru Barney Springs Canyon we have easily avoided the keeper by a bypass on canyon right, reachable by crawling under some brush to an anchor off a tree. Regardless, if this is your first time down be sure to come prepared to deal with the keeper since I have heard some have difficulty locating the bypass. A pack toss would be quite effective, but come with a wide tool set for this one. We had the chance to see it completely dry and it was around 15-20 feet deep.
***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***
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