Barnhardt Canyon

barnhardt canyon

This route was previously kept a secret by the elitists, the self proclaimed gods of canyoneering in the American Southwest.  The notion of secret keeping in canyoneering is fading fast due to a number of reasons, and this route is one of the many casualties.  Also known as Canyon De Colores, Barnhardt Canyon is a very nice technical canyoneering route high up in the Mazatzal Wilderness.  In reality, it is not a very technically challenging canyon; there are a few rappels, the biggest being just under 100 feet, and many pools to swim.  Several short downclimbs and a little spice to the adventure.  The hike in is along the well established Barnhardt Trail, which passes Kahuna Falls and continues to climb steeply on its way high up into the range.  Kahuna Falls is another fantastic canyon that I have not had the chance yet to descend, but is high on the list.  This route has you break off trail a few miles into it, and the trail conveniently parallels Barnhardt Canyon for most of its length.  Indeed, this is a great route during spring runoff when flows are a little bit higher.  Water will be freezing cold, coming from direct snow melt, so a wetsuit is highly advised.  Besides that enjoy, have fun, be safe!

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-> Barnhardt Canyon – February 13, 2011 <-

***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***


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