Purtyman Falls

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Purtyman Falls Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3A II (v3a1 II)
Raps:‌Up to 7, max ↨300ft
Condition Reports:
27 Nov 2023
"We pulled some old webbing and Fiddle sticked the first rappel of the big sequence from the big pine up and on the right. One member of our team comp

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Best season:
Oct-May (avg for this region)


A seasonal waterfall, just south of West fork. A steep approach followed by a technical section that's worth the effort. Recommended for small groups of experienced canyoneers. Anchor building to be expected.


Hike up AB Young to the drainage.


After up to 5 rappels under 65' and short downclimbs you will arrive at the big drop, a 550' rappel sequence.

The anchor for the big rappel sequence is off a large pine on the right. The first big rappel is less than 250' and will land you on a ledge RDC next to a large tree. Set the rope RDC and Avoid going LDC into the main watercourse.

The final rappel is 300' into a narrow corridor at the bottom.


Leave a shuttle at West Fork. From the last rappel gear down and stem your way out of the crack. Hike down the drainage a short distance. The closer you get to the creek you will encounter blackberries. Avoid the blackberries by going up a hill on the left. From the top of the hill follow the powerlines and faint trail that ends at a small drainage. Take a right and connect with the spur trail om the left. Follow the spur trail back to West Fork and your shuttle vehicle.

Red tape

Parking passes are required and available at both Bootlegger Day Use area and West Fork.

Beta sites

Trip reports and media


All anchors for the rappels are off trees and boulders. Bolted anchors along the wall show presence of trad climbers in the past. The bolted anchors are not listed in the beta. Bring an anchor building kit or retrievable anchor.


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

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