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Grotto Creek Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3C II (v3a4 II)
Raps:‌7, max ↨95ft
Overall:3-5h ⟷1.2mi
Descent: ⟷0.8mi ↓787ft
Exit: ↓300ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Shuttle:Required 15minutes
Condition Reports:
22 Jul 2020

"FR 2703 is currently BLOCKED by trees about 0.75mi from the junction. Anticipate having to walk an extra hour. I'm not sure what conditions were lik

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Grotto creek is a Southern Oregon gem. This creek and nearby Hemlock Creek can be lumped together for one spectacular weekend. This canyon packs two large overhanging waterfalls, both about 95' in height.


Drive to Grotto Falls TH. From there you can drive or walk to the drop in. It's a 6.6 mile drive or hike to the drop in point. From Grotto Falls, drive NF-150 to NF-2703. Turn left on NF-2703. After 4 miles turn left on NF-750. Then take your second left on NF-4711. Drive this road till you come to a large marsh and cross over a large culvert. The drop in point is about 200' up the road at a small pull off on the left.


From the road, immediately rappel off a cliff to the river bed. NONE OF THIS ROUTE HAS ESTABLISHED ANCHORS. Some problem solving is required when using a single 60m rope, I recommend rappelling DCL for the first 90+ foot waterfall off a tree near the cliff edge and DCR for 'Grotto Falls' off a large Western Cedar. The tree at Grotto Falls is set right against the cliff. All other rappels have a variety of anchors.

  • Amazing overhang and super fun for a short rappel
  • Exit

    After rappelling off Grotto Falls, return to the trail head via the Grotto Falls trail.

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    Trip reports and media

    July 21, 2020: The Road for the shuttle is blocked by fallen trees and requires a 4 mile road hike and very long drive around.


    This canyon was first descended by Adam DiPietro and Steve Schachner in Fall 2013


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