Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

A Long Winter/ Apache Trail Canyon

Posted in Southern & Central Arizona by canyoneering on March 10, 2010

Apache Trail Canyon, 3BII
3.5 miles
Tonto National Forest – Superstition Wilderness

It has been a crazy winter in the southwest. I imagine that people living in most places throughout the country that may be reading this are thinking someone from Phoenix has no business complaining about the winter. Ok, well maybe we have not endured months of  continous sub-freezing temperatures and blizzards that paralyze a city with several feet of snow, but we have had one of the wettest winters on record. It has made getting out to the canyons difficult, at best. Luck would have it that many of these El Nino storms have been hitting our corner of the world on Sundays, which has been my one day off as I have been consistently working 6 days a week. The cabin fever has been intense; staring out windows while playing Scrabble and an unhealthy penchant for checking weather websites.

This past Sunday was no different. Another storm brought heavy rains throughout Arizona. Instead of canceling our canyoneering plans yet again, we decided to adjust from descending a more involved all day canyon that we had never done before to descending the short, sweet and straightforward Apache Trail Canyon,that I have descended many times. (Click here to read about previous descents of Apache Trail.) After rappelling into the Narrows the rains intensified, but never enough to make a flash floods a concern for this canyon on this day. The trip was short and uneventful, other than the fact that it was Kyle’s first technical descent, hopefully the first of many. The normally brownish landscape was vibrantly green, thanks to all that rain. The quick getaway was just enough to cool that cabin fever before some much bigger trips that are just around the corner.



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  1. Steve Schwartz said, on March 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I was wondering what happened to you guys in the last couple of weeks. I guess the weather explains it.

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