Coffin Canyon

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Coffin Canyon Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3A III (v3a1 III)
Raps:‌5-7, max ↨190ft
Overall:5-7h ⟷7.4mi
Approach: ↑2048ft
Descent: ⟷1mi
Red Tape:No permit required
Condition Reports:
12 Nov 2023

"This was the first run of Coffin for this season. Plus Hurricane Hilary and the flooding made for a lot of anchor rebuilding and some rock farming. Ha

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Best season:
Nov-Mar (avg for this region)


Coffin is a great canyon for a half-day trip. This scenic drainage starts off as a wide flat wash but then narrows and drops suddenly. It's got great views on the hike up, some beautiful narrow sections and even a giant chock stone reminiscent of "Levitated Mass".



Waypoints in the KML map contain detailed descriptions of all the rappels (courtesy of

The first drop in the canyon is 40ft from a cairn anchor. This apparently can be climbed around RDC if you like avoiding rappels.

Shortly down canyon from here there is another downclimb/rappel of 30ft.

In order to avoid confusion on the rappel numbers matching the .kml only the 5 rappels are numbered. Most parties will likely have a few more rappels.

Rappel 1: 190' from 2 bolts backed up by a cairn anchor.

Rappel 2: 60' (Anchored 30' up canyon with a 30' rappel)

Rappel 3: 30' from 2 bolts a bit over head high.

Rappel 4: 20'

Rappel 5: 80'


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Information provided by automated processes. KML map by (unknown). Main photo by (unknown). Authors are listed in chronological order.

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