Meadow Canyon

meadow canyon

By all accounts, Meadow Canyon is not the most interesting canyon on the Mogollon Rim.  It never really gets too deep or narrow or technical, yet remains pleasant nonetheless.  It does require at least three rappels.  The true glory behind completing a trip thru Meadow Canyon is not the canyon itself but instead where in West Clear Creek it dumps you out.  Located less than half a mile upstream awaits one of the most beautiful corners of the world.  The Hanging Gardens, a spring that gushes out of the basalt high above, creates a grotto than is second to none.  To make this a good day hike, you can continue up West Clear Creek and thru the white box.  Here, West Clear Creek cuts deep into the sandstone and creates a massive, long pool between towering walls and is a pleasant swim on a hot day.  Take the not so fun exit on canyon left (right side heading upstream) shortly after to earn your fun.  An alternative option is to fix ropes in Meadow Canyon and return the way you came.  All the drops yield quite nicely for ascending back up.  If you did fix your ropes, it would be a very good idea to put a not with the first rappel to tell anyone who follow to please NOT pull your ropes.

-> Meadow Canyon – May 12, 2009 <-

-> Meadow Canyon – July 12, 2009 <-

-> Meadow Canyon – May 5, 2011 <-

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


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