Canyoneering Birch Hollow
Utah › Birch Hollow
Added by Scott Barlow
- Birch Hollow is a challenging 3A III canyon
- 8 rappels for a slot canyon experience when tackled by qualified and skilled individuals
- The longest rap is 120 feet (40m).
Birch Hollow is near Zion National Park, and accessible from North Fork Road (East Zion) past the Ponderosa Resort. If you do not hike out through Orderville into Zion National Park (ZNP) and the Narrows, then a ZNP Permit is not required (turning around and hiking back to your vehicle).
The time commitment is about 4 to 6 hours if exiting upstream to your vehicle at the Trailhead, or 8 to 12 hours if descending downstream through Orderville to the ZNP Narrows with a Permit.
Be prepared for multiple challenges, including rappelling, stemming, down-climbing, tying proper knots, assessing anchor points, and it's a good idea to bring gear to replace webbing and quick links if necessary (sandstone color preferred).
- Rappelling gear
- Rapid links
- Emergency kit
- Long sleeves
- Long pants
- A wetsuit if you go during wet months, although the canyon is notorious for being a dry canyon when returning to your vehicle at the Exit
- Shoes which are stable and comfortable when extremely wet
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Fun but long shuttle
Fun canyon but the hike out is long, especially if you only have one car. We lucked out and were able to hitch a ride back to the top from someone but I wouldn't plan on that is this isnt a very popular canyon.
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