Parking Area
Parking Area

Overlooking West Clear Creek
Overlooking West Clear Creek

Exit out of West Clear Creek
Exit out of West Clear Creek

Parking Area
Parking Area

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Meadow Canyon 3B-III

Total Trip Length: 5.3 mi

Technical: rappels, down climbs

Number of Raps: 3

Longest Rap: 60’

Total Ascent: 1,129'

Water: Mandatory Swim

Vehicle: High Clearance

Shuttle: No 

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Approach

From the parking area (34.57199, -111.51615) head south, south east along the rim of West Clear Creek for approximately 1.8 miles. On your right you will find a small gully (34.55092, -111.51587) and the entrance to the canyon.

 

Descent

The majority of the canyon is 2nd and 3rd class scrambling with three rappels of which a few could be down climbed if one chooses to. Rap 1: Approximately 30'. Rap 2: Approximately 60' feet down a slab. Rap 3: Approximately 15'. This rap could easily be down climbed. The descent is straight forward without much technical aspects. 

Exit

When the canyon opens up to West Clear Creek make a right and follow the West Clear Creek for approximately 1.5 miles through Hanging Gardens and The White Box. On the right hand side you will find the exit to the canyon (34.57318, -111.52075). The trail will lead straight back to the parking area. 

Directions

From the I-17: Exit on Highway 260 east. Continue on Highway 260 east for approximately 27.1 miles. On the left will be FR 142 (34.521091, -111.508843). Go approximately 2.2 miles on FR 142 and the make a left turn (34.530687, -111.485940). Continue on this road for approximately 1.71 miles at which point the road forks (34.54576, -111.50574). Stay to the left at the fork and go approximately .5 miles where the road forks again (34.553026, -111.507360). Stay right at the fork and continue for approximately 1.59 miles to the parking area (34.57199, -111.51615).

From Highway 87: Turn on to 260 west (N34 27.253 W111 26.327) and travel for approximately 6.8 miles. On the right will be FR 142 (34.521091, -111.508843). Go approximately 2.2 miles on FR 142 and the make a left turn (34.530687, -111.485940). Continue on this road for approximately 1.71 miles at which point the road forks (34.54576, -111.50574). Stay to the left at the fork and go approximately .5 miles where the road forks again (34.553026, -111.507360). Stay right at the fork and continue for approximately 1.59 miles to the parking area (34.57199, -111.51615).