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Sundance Canyon

Mogollon Rim beta posted by Mike Zampino
  • The Hype

    A True Classic.

    Sundance is a great little canyon and is part of the West Clear Creek wilderness area. Where it lacks the length, it makes up for it with its stunning and dramatic 180 foot rappel (130ft of it free hanging) into a sculpted alcove.

    Getting There

    Sundance is located East of Camp Verde in the Mogollon Rim District of the Coconino National Forest. From Camp Verde take highway 260 East (also called the General Crook Trail). Follow 260 to milepost 249 (Just West of 249) and turn left onto FR 144. Follow FR 144 for 1.8 miles to its end and turn left onto FR 149. Follow this road 1.1 miles to the T junction with FR 142 and turn right. Follow 142 0.8 miles to FR 142E and turn left. Continue on FR 142E to its end. The road is fairly well maintained and can be traveled by most passenger cars except maybe in winter and monsoon season.

    The Canyon - Rating: 3B II R   Longest Rap: 180 feet   # of Raps: 4

    3B R II, 2x200'

    From the car park walk back up the road for about 5 minutes and then route-find your way down into the drainage to the left (East). You may have to route-find to pass a few small cliff bands but it is not difficult. Once in the canyon simply head downstream.

    First Obstacle: A 20-foot chute into a short cold pool.

    R1: This is a 10-foot ledge that you can either downclimb/jump into the pool below or anchor off a tree 30 feet back up canyon

    R2: 30-foot off another dead tree into a pothole which could possibly be a keeper when the water level is low. A buddy boost will get you out of this one if needed.

    R3: 30-footer from 2 bolts and hangers on left looking down canyon (LDC) into an even deeper pool and another possible keeper when water levels are low. Should also be able to use a buddy boost here too, although the bottom person may be forced under water. A pack toss will also work.

    R4: 180-foot from 2 bolts and hangers on right looking down canyon (RDC) into a sculpted alcove. 130-feet of this rap is free hanging.

    The Exit

    After everyone is down from the last rappel and the ropes are pulled, continue out of the alcove and into west clear creek. Head downstream and follow a hikers trail on one side of the creek or the other. The creek will bend to the left and you will have to negotiate a log jam. Continue past the log jam until the canyon starts turning to the right. Cross the creek and look for cairns or a faint steep trail up the draw and back to your parked car.

    Red Tape

    No permits required.

    Group size limits on National Forest lands are generally 12 people, though local limits may be different.

    Additional Resources

  • Sundance is located East of Camp Verde in the Mogollon Rim District of the Coconino National Forest. From Camp Verde take highway 260 East (also called the General Crook Trail). Follow 260 to milepost 249 (Just West of 249) and turn left onto FR 144. Follow FR 144 for 1.8 miles to its end and turn left onto FR 149. Follow this road 1.1 miles to the T junction with FR 142 and turn right. Follow 142 0.8 miles to FR 142E and turn left. Continue on FR 142E to its end. The road is fairly well maintained and can be traveled by most passenger cars except maybe in winter and monsoon season.
  • 3B R II, 2x200'

    From the car park walk back up the road for about 5 minutes and then route-find your way down into the drainage to the left (East). You may have to route-find to pass a few small cliff bands but it is not difficult. Once in the canyon simply head downstream.

    First Obstacle: A 20-foot chute into a short cold pool.

    R1: This is a 10-foot ledge that you can either downclimb/jump into the pool below or anchor off a tree 30 feet back up canyon

    R2: 30-foot off another dead tree into a pothole which could possibly be a keeper when the water level is low. A buddy boost will get you out of this one if needed.

    R3: 30-footer from 2 bolts and hangers on left looking down canyon (LDC) into an even deeper pool and another possible keeper when water levels are low. Should also be able to use a buddy boost here too, although the bottom person may be forced under water. A pack toss will also work.

    R4: 180-foot from 2 bolts and hangers on right looking down canyon (RDC) into a sculpted alcove. 130-feet of this rap is free hanging.
  • After everyone is down from the last rappel and the ropes are pulled, continue out of the alcove and into west clear creek. Head downstream and follow a hikers trail on one side of the creek or the other. The creek will bend to the left and you will have to negotiate a log jam. Continue past the log jam until the canyon starts turning to the right. Cross the creek and look for cairns or a faint steep trail up the draw and back to your parked car.
  • No permits required.

    Group size limits on National Forest lands are generally 12 people, though local limits may be different.
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