TELEPHONE CANYON. ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
We met up with Daniel Martin, Kevin Romanak, Justin Thompson, and Lina Bachir for a trip into Zion National Parks, Telephone Canyon.
Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
We all met up at Graham's house and it was great to see Ben Tobin and Andy Armstrong there as well. They were running Boundary Canyon with is a fantastic route through the Kolob side of Zion.
Justin Thompson rapping into Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
  We got an early start to Telephone canyon as I made sure to get the permits the day before, I almost forgot how Zion is more like Disney land now and you have to pay 20 dollars for a self guided ride down a canyon like a roller coaster at a theme park.
Daniel Martin rappelling into Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
   I still enjoy Zion but it does get a bit tiring with the massive amount of people the visit there. We get off at the Grotto trailhead and head up Angels Landing and continue to follow the west rim trail all the way up to camp 2 on the top of the plateau.
Laura in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
 It was quite the hike but we had a good crew and were able to keep moving by passing ropes around to one another on the hike up.
Lina Bachir and Kevin Romanak in Telephone Canyon
 
We finally made it to the top in around 4 hours form starting at the grotto, so we had lunch and filled up on water from cabin spring.
Justin Thompson in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
We continued on down the trail and headed over to the head of Telephone canyon which was a impressive entrance drop of around 170ft to the bottom tier.
Justin in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
I looped around to make sure this was the correct canyon while everyone else set up for the drop. There were two separate rap stations to the RDC and LDC but we went center canyon down and got a good start to getting over the edge and into telephone canyon.
Laura in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
Once we all made it to the bottom, we started to work forward by passing bags of rope and setting up drops as we went along. It was slow going at first but we all started to gel together and towards the end of the canyon, everything was moving pretty good.
Justin Descending down the awkward rap in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
There were around 13-14 rappels in this canyon with short sections of walking. 
Kevin and Justin in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
 The canyon was dry except for some very avoidable sections of pothole water. it took us a bit longer to get through the drops but I would rate this one at a 3AIII. 
Laura and Daniel in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
 The views were fantastic looking back down canyon and the drops were less than a hundred feet except for the first one, a drop towards the middle, and the last drop might have been 100ft at the most.
Daniel in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
  I recommend bringing 200ft of rope and pull cord. rap rings, and at least 50ft of webbing...the webbing at of 6/12/2016 looked fine.
Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
 There is some awkward rappelling around corners and a sideways rap but other than that, everything was straightforward. 
Justin and Daniel in Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
 Telephone Canyon is quite remote in the Zion National Park but I recommend grabbing this canyon at least once and if you are looking for a dry and quiet place for a day, Telephone canyon is a good one to choose.
Laura Hiking to Telephone Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah
 
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