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Morocco Canyon

North Wash beta posted by ratagonia
  • The Hype

    Biggest Bang for the Buck in North Wash - and No Squeezing!

    A great little Wingate canyon in the heart of Navajo country. Morocco gives a respite from the squeezing found elsewhere, with many short rappels and downclimbs, and sometimes a swim or two. The approach is short, the canyon is sweet and pretty. Six rappels to 45 feet are from natural anchors, some requiring a little bit of work to get. The canyon is quite popular.

    Our thanks to Dave Pimental for discovering this little gem.

    Getting There

    Starts on Route 95, 1.0 mile north of the Hog Springs picnic area. Park on the east side of the highway, on the north side of a trough UDOT cut for a watershed, on slickrock. The trough is Casablanca Canyon. Use the road to get to the south side of the road, and spy out the route from there.

    The route climbs the low-angle face to the east, starting at left-bottom, to reach a ledge at right-top that allows non-technical access around the corner to the right into Morocco Canyon. Climb onto the face where some rocks allow an easy climb onto the face. Up, then right to access the traverse ledge. Follow the ledge out to the nose, then pick up a social trail on the bench above the canyon. Follow back to a slickrock bowl at the top of the canyon.

    The Canyon - Rating: 3A II   Longest Rap: 45'   # of Raps: 6

    The canyon starts with a low-angle rap off a cairn down into a hole, then a downclimb into a pool, which varies from ankle-deep to a full swim. Follow the canyon with several rappels and downclimbs, and often a swim or two.

    The Exit

    From the bottom of the last rappel, traverse right to gain the bench on the side of the highway. Walk back to your car (5 minutes).

    Red Tape

    No Red Tape in North Wash.
  • Starts on Route 95, 1.0 mile north of the Hog Springs picnic area. Park on the east side of the highway, on the north side of a trough UDOT cut for a watershed, on slickrock. The trough is Casablanca Canyon. Use the road to get to the south side of the road, and spy out the route from there.

    The route climbs the low-angle face to the east, starting at left-bottom, to reach a ledge at right-top that allows non-technical access around the corner to the right into Morocco Canyon. Climb onto the face where some rocks allow an easy climb onto the face. Up, then right to access the traverse ledge. Follow the ledge out to the nose, then pick up a social trail on the bench above the canyon. Follow back to a slickrock bowl at the top of the canyon.
  • The canyon starts with a low-angle rap off a cairn down into a hole, then a downclimb into a pool, which varies from ankle-deep to a full swim. Follow the canyon with several rappels and downclimbs, and often a swim or two.
  • From the bottom of the last rappel, traverse right to gain the bench on the side of the highway. Walk back to your car (5 minutes).
  • No Red Tape in North Wash.
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Condition Reports for Morocco Canyon

  1. ratagonia
    Oct 14, 2013
    ratagonia

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    10.10.2013 Frakkin' Freezin. Full of water which was really cold. We removed the huge cairn at the first rap and Fiddle'd something, mostly so Steve would have practice rebuilding the anchor. We rebuilt a couple others. Last one is good for experts, but noobs might not know how to use it safely. Bring webbing and someone who knows how to make anchors. The FIRST anchor does not need to be strong enough to lower a Tacoma.

    Posted Oct 14, 2013
  2. Steven Christensen
    Oct 14, 2013
    Steven Christensen

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    10.11.13 - This is good bang for buck. We re-built first rappel at the top. This was intact 05.30.13 but gone when we got there. A down climb was possible. All other anchors fine. Some wading and 2 x 20 ft swims. Some of our group did not use wetsuits and were cold but ok.

    Posted Oct 14, 2013
  3. Erik
    Apr 5, 2013
    Erik

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    Only a little bit of water on 3/29/13. Easy to stem over and stay dry.

    Posted Apr 5, 2013
  4. Scott Patterson
    Mar 6, 2013
    Scott Patterson

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    All water was avoidable when we did the canyon two weeks ago.

    Posted Mar 6, 2013
  5. Doug Van Etten
    Mar 1, 2013
    Doug Van Etten

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    Did this one last August when it was a joy to get a little wet. I liked it but cannot recall exactly why. The appraoch is a bit of a hump but not as much as the Irish and it ends right at the road.

    Posted Mar 1, 2013
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