Insomnia Canyon

insomnia canyon

–UPDATE: The Slide Fire of May 2014 will significantly affect the future access and hydrology of Insomnia Canyon.  Plan accordingly–

Quite the proper title here.  Rumor has it Insomnia Canyon was first descended back in the 80’s or the 90’s, and was previously known as Buckhead Canyon.  Regardless, it is unnamed on maps and is technically a tributary of Illusions Canyon.  It gained its name after Todd Martin and Company made a descent of it and dubbed it Insomnia Canyon.  The big drop is clearly visible on maps, and kept them up for for countless hours thinking about it prior to their descent.  Like its sister, it has some outstanding narrows and potential for keeper potholes.  Yet by comparison, the narrows of Insomnia Canyon are relatively short compared to Illusions.  However, this slot canyon has one feature that its sister does not; a 350 foot rappel into thin air.  indeed, Insomnia Canyon drops out well before it has the chance to carve any significant narrows into an outstanding alcove surrounded by towering sandstone walls.  After the big drop, however, the canyon is not done with you yet.  It proceeds to carve through the red Supai sandstone layers, featuring a few more beautiful drops and springs.  Once you reach the West Fork of Oak Creek, all that is left to do is splish and splash your way downstream.

-> Insomnia Canyon – July 18, 2010 <-

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


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