Wilbur Canyon

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Wilbur Canyon Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
Also known as: Wilber Canyon.
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Difficulty:3B III (v3a2 III)
Raps:‌5-6, max ↨80ft
Overall:4.5-8h ⟷4.7mi
Exit: ↑800ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Vehicle:4WD - High Clearance
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
26 May 2023

"This was our second time to Wilbur. On FR9353 wife and I moved downed tree covering trail. Trail out to the start of the canyon is rocky, but only req

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Best season:
Late Spring to Early Autumn;BEST in Jun;Jul;Aug;Sep


Another scenic West Clear Creek Canyon trip with rough, rocky approach roads. A good 4WD with some clearance will get you to the starting pin.

Without adequate clearance or 4WD capabilities, you can opt to hike the remaining section of road. This could stretch the trip out to more like 6-8 miles depending on where you park.



R1: 20' or possible downclimb using tree.

R2: 80' off tree.

R3: 50' off rock pinch.

R4: 20’ off rock pinch.

R5: 50’ from bolt LDC.

Chimney downclimb / handline into narrow hallway section.

R6: 60' off bolt RDC into West Clear Creek.


Head up stream passing the first break on your right and a flat gravel beach on the left. This first break is the wrong gully and has been labeled on the kml.

The proper exit is just a couple hundred feet further upstream than the false exit and is clearly marked with cairns. While steep, a reasonable, trafficked trail quickly becomes apparent. Once above the initial steep section, drop into and follow the drainage along the right side and eventually exit up to the rim along a trail (reference KML).

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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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