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Yankee Doodle Hollow

Zion beta posted by Mike
  • The Hype

    Yankee Doodle is a short, often dry canyon that makes a great introduction for beginners. The slot is narrow and beautiful with seasonal redbud flowers blooming in spring. Though the canyon is typically dry, after a storm it can hold many deep wades and even a swim or two. The canyon is by far the most popular slot in the Silver Reef area, please consider how you can minimize your impact in the canyon.

    Getting There

    Take the Leeds/Silver Reef exit off the I-15 north of Saint George (exit 22). Follow the Silver Reef road towards the mountains as it soon turns to dirt. Keep left at a major junction and follow the road up over a hill and down into a lush area with a ranch. After 7.5 miles on the dirt road, you should see a large pullout on your right, big enough for 4-5 cars. From the car park hike west down the road to where the wash cuts across. Hike down the wash a couple hundred feet and you are there! Pat yourself on the back for accomplishing the tuff approach.

    The Canyon - Rating: 3A I   Longest Rap: 130'   # of Raps: 1-8

    Upper Slot: You may set a rope off a tree to rappel (use webbing to prevent damage to the trees), use a 4th class downclimb, or skip the upper slot entirely and rappel off the nose from a pair of bolts 130' to the canyon floor (left side down canyon). If descending the small upper slot, head down canyon and rappel 70' to the canyon floor off bolts. The small southern fork of the canyon can also be descended, expect rappels up to 50' and a possibly wet pothole that may require assistance to get out of.

    Main Canyon: Head down canyon and work through many downclimbing challenges up to 15'. Some may wish to rappel or have a belay, and it can be a fantastic place to work on your meat anchor/partner assist skills. Many comically useless bolts will be passed down canyon. The final obstacle will be a chockstone above a possibly deep pothole that will require assistance to get out of. Some have chosen to climb around on the left side of the wall to bypass it. As of early 2013, the pothole is still full of sand and requires no escape technique.

    The Exit

    From the last obstacle the canyon begins to widen. Look for a drainage coming in on your left. A couple hundred feet up canyon from the drainage is a slick rock slab requiring a few 4th class moves to ascend. Look for small cowboy steps and obvious foot traffic to find the way. Continue up easy slabs and head left for one more 4th class move with a cowboy step for assistance. Traverse above the small drainage on your right until you are in the drainage itself. Head up the middle of the drainage all the way to the road. Please avoid using social trails on the left side as this is contributing to unnecessary erosion. Once at the road, take a left and stroll back to your car a few hundred feet away.

    Alternatively, you may head down canyon to the confluence of the large wash, and turn left. This is a longer exit, but a nice hike with no climbing required.

    Red Tape

    No permits are required at this time.

    Please do not leave your ropes fixed on the first rappel/rappels. The canyon is high traffic, and nobody wants to see your rope hanging in the way.
    Do not add to the 25 or so bolts already in the canyon.
    Avoid using social trails that tread on cryptobiotic soil, stay in water courses as much as possible.
    Do not pull your rope around a tree, use webbing and quicklink.
    Avoid needing to go poop in the area. Some have used the woods north of the car park and it has become disgusting back there.
  • Take the Leeds/Silver Reef exit off the I-15 north of Saint George (exit 22). Follow the Silver Reef road towards the mountains as it soon turns to dirt. Keep left at a major junction and follow the road up over a hill and down into a lush area with a ranch. After 7.5 miles on the dirt road, you should see a large pullout on your right, big enough for 4-5 cars. From the car park hike west down the road to where the wash cuts across. Hike down the wash a couple hundred feet and you are there! Pat yourself on the back for accomplishing the tuff approach.
  • Upper Slot: You may set a rope off a tree to rappel (use webbing to prevent damage to the trees), use a 4th class downclimb, or skip the upper slot entirely and rappel off the nose from a pair of bolts 130' to the canyon floor (left side down canyon). If descending the small upper slot, head down canyon and rappel 70' to the canyon floor off bolts. The small southern fork of the canyon can also be descended, expect rappels up to 50' and a possibly wet pothole that may require assistance to get out of.

    Main Canyon: Head down canyon and work through many downclimbing challenges up to 15'. Some may wish to rappel or have a belay, and it can be a fantastic place to work on your meat anchor/partner assist skills. Many comically useless bolts will be passed down canyon. The final obstacle will be a chockstone above a possibly deep pothole that will require assistance to get out of. Some have chosen to climb around on the left side of the wall to bypass it. As of early 2013, the pothole is still full of sand and requires no escape technique.
  • From the last obstacle the canyon begins to widen. Look for a drainage coming in on your left. A couple hundred feet up canyon from the drainage is a slick rock slab requiring a few 4th class moves to ascend. Look for small cowboy steps and obvious foot traffic to find the way. Continue up easy slabs and head left for one more 4th class move with a cowboy step for assistance. Traverse above the small drainage on your right until you are in the drainage itself. Head up the middle of the drainage all the way to the road. Please avoid using social trails on the left side as this is contributing to unnecessary erosion. Once at the road, take a left and stroll back to your car a few hundred feet away.

    Alternatively, you may head down canyon to the confluence of the large wash, and turn left. This is a longer exit, but a nice hike with no climbing required.
  • No permits are required at this time.

    Please do not leave your ropes fixed on the first rappel/rappels. The canyon is high traffic, and nobody wants to see your rope hanging in the way.
    Do not add to the 25 or so bolts already in the canyon.
    Avoid using social trails that tread on cryptobiotic soil, stay in water courses as much as possible.
    Do not pull your rope around a tree, use webbing and quicklink.
    Avoid needing to go poop in the area. Some have used the woods north of the car park and it has become disgusting back there.

Condition Reports for Yankee Doodle Hollow

  1. Michael B
    April 16, 2016
    Michael B

    Difficulty:

    Easy

    Skill Level:

    Beginner

    Water:

    Swimming required

    Thermal:

    Waterproof/light jacket

    Group Size:

    7 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 3 hours


    Ended up getting much more than we bargained for. The water was unavoidable and deep. At least 4 mandatory swims and a handful of chest deep sections. Definitely been washed out recently.

    Posted May 23, 2016
  2. Shawn Jones
    January 25, 2015
    Shawn Jones

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    Deep (waist to chest)

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    4 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 4 hours


    Wish I would have checked First. Canyon has been washed out a lot. A lot of standing water I have never seen here before. Chest deep in 2 holes, Waste deep in 2 more, and a couple knee deep. Not such a sandy bottom anymore a lot of rock exposed.

    Posted Jan 26, 2015
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  3. Mike
    Jan 5, 2015
    Mike

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    Swimming required

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    Huge floods this September dramatically altered the canyon. Yankee has more of a rocky bottom than a sandy one. I was really surprised to see the huge amounts of rock scoured out of places creating new water holding capacity. At least 3 possible swims these days when its full.

    Posted Jan 5, 2015
  4. TJ Cottam
    September 01, 2014
    TJ Cottam

    Difficulty:

    Easy

    Skill Level:

    Beginner

    Water:

    Deep (waist to chest)

    Thermal:

    None

    Group Size:

    5 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 2 hours


    Wetter than expected. One pool to chest deep. Much harder to avoid water carrying a 3 yr old.

    Posted Sep 2, 2014
  5. Bill
    July 12, 2014
    Bill

    Difficulty:

    Easy

    Skill Level:

    Beginner

    Water:

    Dry/avoidable

    Thermal:

    None

    Group Size:

    3 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 1.3 hours


    Dry as a bone and very hot.
    My first time, it was prettier than expected.

    Posted Jul 12, 2014
  6. Tyler
    Apr 13, 2014
    Tyler

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    Went through last week (4/4) and encountered hardly any water. Many un-necessary bolts (my 3rd time and I find older bolts that I missed the previous trips), but I'm sure the guides use them for training? Fun and short.

    Posted Apr 13, 2014
  7. 2065toyota
    Apr 8, 2013
    2065toyota

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    Rap off the nose is not 130'. I use my 95' rope on it and it hangs 1' off the ground

    Posted Apr 8, 2013
  8. Mike
    Mar 6, 2013
    Mike

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    Thanks for the comment. After guiding the canyon 50ish times last year, I can also say that its quite the eye sore for a group to come in and see ropes left up.

    Posted Mar 6, 2013
  9. ZionGuide
    Mar 6, 2013
    ZionGuide

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    The forest service is actually trying to curve the leave your rope strategy because the canyon has become so high-traffic. Do everyone a favor and take your rope with you. Maybe this info could be added to the Red Tape section?

    Posted Mar 6, 2013
  10. Jeff Guest
    Mar 5, 2013
    Jeff Guest

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR0AnoR5924

    Posted Mar 5, 2013
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