North Wash - Leprechaun Canyon
8am Departures Year Round
12 Years Old (Call us if you have a younger explorer)
$189 - Adults
$149 - 15/under
Leprechaun Canyon is one of the skinniest canyons in the area with 3+ plus rappels, tough downclimbs and tight squeezes make this an epic day. James Franco starred in 127 Hours which was filmed in this canyon. We recommend doing Blarney if it’s your first time o but if your up for the challenge then Leprechaun is the better, tougher, skinnier version. Either canyon you’ll be in great hands with your professional guide so what are you waiting for!
- Canyoneering Harness
- Rappel Devices
- Professional Guides
- Small dry bag for camera, wallet, etc.
- PFD or Floatation, if needed for swims
- Push your limits and work as a team to overcome obstacles
- Classic rappels
- Tight squeezing walls
- Beautiful twisting sandstone walls
Moderate to Strenuous. Approximately 6 miles of hiking on uneven terrain including multiple down-climbs, squeezing and 3+ rappels. Some down climbs may need to be rappelled. This is a dry canyon so no water except after heavy storms. 250lb. Max Weight Limit.
- Small day pack
- Comfortable hiking shoes or old tennis shoes
- All clothing may get scraped up and muddy
- Long pants recommended
- Small camera
Meet us at Wild Expeditions at 7:45 am to meet your guides, fill up your water bottles and we’ll gear you up with a helmet and harness. At 8 am we’ll load up the van and head out. The drive to Blarney Canyon is just under a 2 hour drive, but it’ll feel much shorter as we share stories about the amazing landscapes we drive through including Comb Ridge, Salvation Knoll, Bears Ears National Monument and more. We’ll have one pit stop along the way at the Hog Springs Picnic Area for all us coffee drinkers and then we’ll be at our trailhead by 10 am. The hike starts out with a scramble up the sandstone ledges and we’ll ascend nearly 500’. With beautiful views of the Henry Mountains the climb up goes relatively quickly and you’ll be at the top before you know it. Hiking along the rim of Leprechaun canyon offers epic views and this is only the beginning. After about a 2.5 mile hike we get to our first rappel at the top of the canyon.
Leprechaun Canyon has 3 different forks and our favorite is the east fork. The center fork is the narrowest of requires some very technical stemming and very tight squeezing so unless you’re very experienced we won’t do the middle fork. The east fork starts right off with a 50’ rappel down into the canyon. The canyon walls are beautifully sculpted and after the rappel we’ll drop further into the depths. Here there are multiple down climbs that your guide will teach you how to navigate and we can use the rope if necessary for some of the longer down climbs. We may also rappel several of these downclimbs depending on everybody’s comfort level.
Our next big rappel drops us right into the confluence with the main fork. Above the confluence is the skinniest section of Leprechaun canyon and anyone who is interested can hike up till they don’t fit anymore. This section is often so skinny you can’t turn your head! Light barely can make it into this section of the canyon and a headlamp is a good idea for anyone trying to do the entire middle fork. Once everyone has had their fill we’ll hike down canyon through some of the most photogenic sections of the canyon. Pictures won’t do this place justice and if it was easier to get to it would be filled with people, but thanks to the remoteness and technicality we often have it to ourselves. The narrows are deep and the canyon just keeps on going. With several more downclimbs and help from each other we’ll be back at the van before you know it. This is an epic day and well worth the effort. We’ll all feel a bit beat up after this one, but if your up to the challenge than this canyon is not to be missed.