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Hawk Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3A II (v3a1 II)
Raps:‌4, max ↨245ft
Overall:2.5-4.5h ⟷2.5mi
Red Tape:No permit required
Shuttle:Optional 5min
Rock type:sandstone
Condition Reports:
12 Nov 2023

"The approach to this route looks worse as you walk up to it then it actually is, although it is brushy! Hopefully as more folks do this route it’ll be

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Best season:
Fall to Spring


This is truly an unique canyon with an actual slotted section where stemming pools of water is needed even during some of the most dry times of the year. Walking through the slot section - and to find this feature within the Red Rock canyon landscape - was awesome. A special canyon for sure.


Approach via a gulley west of Hartwell Canyon (same approach for End of the Rope) by making your way up or around the rockslide and traversing north across a wide shelf until you see a large south-facing cave. Scramble up until you reach a thin, exposed shelf. Carefully traverse over and then up the watercourse to R1(a).


R1(a): Big hawk - 245' down a beautiful water runnel off of a tree.

R1(b): Little hawk - 165' out of mini slot. Located 50 yards LDC from big hawk, halfway down watercourse. Deadman anchor off boulders.

From here, hike down canyon and enter a shallow slotted section. There will most likely be pools of water and those with poor stemming and bridging techniques could get feet wet. As per the pools, the slot was narrow enough in places to do full body stems/bridging when needed to keep the feet dry.

R2: 60' out of the slot from bolt anchor.

R3: 150' off of tree.

R4: 40' from a tiny tree equalized and backed up with a slung chockstone that is tucked under a boulder.


Follow the Hartwell drainage to the road.

Red tape

When exiting, stay in the main drainage. A portion of Hartwell canyon is now private land.

Beta sites

Trip reports and media



First descent by Garrett Bennett and Holly Dison in January of 2021.


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

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