The Squeeze Canyon

Location: San Rafael Swell
Rating: Advanced 4B IV
Length: 9-16 hours
Longest Rappel: 100 ft (30 m)
Start: Hidden Splendor Airstrip
End:  Loop
Permits: None
Wet Suit: Yes
Shuttle: No

Overview: Possibly the most challenging and difficult canyon in the San Rafael Swell. This is a canyon only the truly experienced attempt! Be prepared. There are many keeper holes, wading, swimming, obstacles, exposed down-climbs and more. Up to 25 rappels and many keeper holes. There are a lot of options as to where you drop in the canyon. Use your best judgment.


From Hwy 24 head west on the Temple Mountain. At the fork in the road take the left fork (Hidden Splendor Rd). After about 4 miles Stay left as you will meet another road coming in from the right (Tan Seep). After about 1 mile stay left again as you will come to yet another fork in the road. Continue 10 miles across McKay Flat. The next intersection takes you to Tomsich Butte and Reds Canyon on the right, but stay left once more. Follow another 15 miles to the Hidden Splendor Airstrip. From there, hike down Muddy Creek Grand Gorge. The Squeeze comes in on the west side of the Muddy Creek. Head south of The Squeeze about 5 min and climb the south rim of the canyon. You may drop in just above the Lower section of the Squeeze or hike further up to drop in at the middle section of The Squeeze. A guide book and good judgment are needed.


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