Half Dilly

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Half Dilly Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
Also known as: Lower Dillinger Canyon, or Outlaw Canyon.
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Difficulty:3A II (v3a1 II)
Raps:‌4, max ↨170ft
Overall:2.5-4.5h ⟷2.3mi
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
21 May 2023

"Low amount of water, just a trickle, running through the canyon. All pools avoidable and it was a delightful day out. Incredibly easy starts to each r

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Best season:
Spring & Fall, Excellent after rains!


A fun, short canyon off the 1st bench of Bear Mountain. Arguably the biggest bang for your buck in the Bear Mountain circuit, this route offers a mild yet scenic approach straight to the goods, ending with a beautiful free-hanging rappel.


Start at Bear Mountain trailhead. Cross the street and work your way to the first bench. After approaching the first bench, take the faint social trail right (east), traversing past large alcoves and landing in the slick rock halfpipe.


R1: 25' off tree LDC/ retrievable anchor or 15' off single bolt RDC. Followed by a 6' drop / downclimb LDC.

R2: 30' off tree RDC.

R3: 85' off tree RDC. Two-stage.

R4: 170' off tree RDC. 130' to first ledge.


Drainage- Bypass the dead trees at the head of the drainage on the left side. Get back in the drainage. Boulder hop to main trail. If there is heavy flow or flash floods advisory this is not reccomended.

Alternate Exit- Exit high left on slabby shelves heading into Fay canyon. Navigate through dense brush back to main trail and out of the canyon. Reccomended during moderate to heavy flow.

If you did not drop a shuttle vehicle at Fay Canyon TH then walk 3/4 of a mile to the Bear mountain TH.

Red tape

Beta sites

Trip reports and media

YouTube video of Half Dilly and Miyagi:


A shortened and worthwhile version of Dillinger Canyon.


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