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capitol reef
  burro wash

 
Class:
  3B III
Ethic:
  Hazy, though unneccesary bolts are regularly removed.
May be restored to Clean so go prepared for Clean conditions.
USGS 7.5" Quadrangle:
  Golden Throne, UT / Notom NE, UT
Rappels:
  3
Max. Rappel Length:
 

100'

Distance:
  6 miles
Typical Time:
  8 hours
Fastest Time:
  5 hours
Preferred Season:
  Spring through Fall
Shuttle:
  Yes; Spot a car at the end of the route by driving east on Highway 24 from the Capitol Reef Visitors Center about 7.7 miles, then turn right onto Notom Road, which is paved to the park boundary. From the turnoff drive another 7.7 miles to where Burro Wash crosses the road, which should be marked with a sign. Pull off and park here, or even drive up the canyon a ways if you like, shortening your exit hike.
Permitted:
  No
Drinking Water:
  Potholes only, bring your own.
Additional Gear:
  Wetsuits are nice to have in early spring and fall, though usually unneccesary in the summer.
Driving Directions:
  From the Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Head south on South Draw Road until the pavement ends at Capitol Wash. Continue on a graded dirt road to Pleasant Creek - from here you will need a high clearance 4WD vehicle; carefully ford Pleasant Creek and continue along the dry creek bed. Mileage from the CRVC to the Burro Trailhead is about 12.7 miles.
Links:
  Slot Canyons of the American Southwest
Todd's Hiking Guide
Map:
  { download }
Comments:
  Multiple narrows sections of differing character. Some bolts were placed by youth groups in the late eighties and early nineties, though the most unneccessary of these were removed recently. Easy stemming, fun swims, great slot. Please keep it clean, no bolt kits, no chipping. Check with the CRVC for the latest conditions, as this canyon holds a fair bit of cold water after recent rainstorms.
GPS Park:
(NAD83/WGS84 Datum)
  38°09'23"N, 111°10'35"W
GPS Trailhead:
  38°09'23"N, 111°10'35"W
GPS Canyon Head:
  38°09'31"N, 111°10'02"W
GPS Canyon Mouth:
  38°10'51"N, 111°05'40"W
GPS Shuttle:
  38°10'51"N, 111°05'40"W
 
 
 
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