Canyoneering Route Description

Tou-Can Canyon - 3A III (IV)
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Quick Facts

09-14-14, 8 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 8.7 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required - 8 to 10
Distance - 2.7 miles Total, 9.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 150 feet.  Did not get exact max rap length and have over rated length to ensure enough rope is on hand.
Elevation Range - 5655 - 7210 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - High Clearance, 4WD Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 150 feet and 50 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Wet suits not required.

General Comments

Tou-Can Canyon makes for a fun adventure far removed from commonly traveled terrain. The canyon has its moments with scenery and a short lived but pretty cool technical section. Since Tou-Can cuts through the tilted landscape you actually go through higher rock layers as you descend down through the canyon. While Tou-Can is a fun day out, it is not a good fit for those looking for a hard hitting technical canyon with little effort to access. Tou-Can is a much better fit for those looking for a more remote adventure, a little technical fun tossed in and interested in going down a canyon while at the same time moving up in rock layers. Thanks to John D. for inviting us to go check this place out with him.

I suggested the name Tou-Can Canyon to reference two notable things in the route. In the lower wash below the technical section is a small log held up by a rock pile with two cans with screw on lids nailed to the log (two cans - Tuo-Can). Also since the canyon cuts through the reef, you see many different colors of rock layers in the walls. The colorful layers and stripes over the course of the day reminded us of a toucan bill like Tou-Can Sam.

Tou-Can Canyon is accessed via the lower trailhead for Oak Creek. The road going up from Notom Road to the trailhead gets rough over the final 1 mile. A high clearance vehicle is mandatory and 4x4 is highly recommended.

Note:
There are other roads that you could drive in on farther south which would get you closer and shave miles off the route. Unfortunately all those roads have private land signs posted as the leave the Notom Road. Better to not trespass on private land to shave of a little walking.

Rap 2 is the longest rappel but I did not get a good measurement for it. I have over rated the length to be sure enough rope is taken in canyon.

There are a few spots in Tou-Can Canyon that can hold waist or a little deeper water after recent rains. It is not enough to warrant a wet suit but something to be cautious of in cold weather.

The distance I have indicated for the technical section covers the top of the canyon all the way down to where Tou-Can crosses a road at its lower end. The majority of the technical portions of canyon are in the upper 0.5 miles of canyon. The remainder is a lot of walking with a few narrow slots but does have a few downclimbs and one additional rappel, so all off it was listed as the technical distance.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

From the junction of highway 24 and the Notom Road (exNotom-hwy24) drive south on Notom road for 13.6 miles for the turn off to the lower Oak Creek trailhead (exOakCreek2) on the right (west) side of the road.  This will be about 300 after passing a turn off on the right (east) side for Sandy Ranch.

Turn left (west) onto the road to the Oak Creek trailhead (exOakCreek2) and drive 2.8 miles to where the road crosses a wash and begins to get rough (OakCrkLwr01) which is shortly after passing signs indicating park boundary.

Continue another 0.25 miles to another park boundary sign (ParkBndryOak3) and where the road begins to get more rough.  4x4 and high clearance is recommended beyond this point.

Continue another 1.1 miles to the lower Oak Creek trailhead (tOakCrkLwr).  There are signs here indicating no vehicles beyond this point.  Park here. 

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as a loop route.

Maps

GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom.  For information about waypoint naming and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Details

The Approach:
From the parking spot (tOakCrkLwr) walk south down the old road / trail for about 450 feet to drop into a wash.

Once in the wash (TouCan01) On the way in, continue south following down a winding drainage. Be sure to take note of what this spot looks like as you will need to leave the wash here on the way back.

About 0.22 miles farther is a dry fall (TouCan02DryFal) in the wash easily bypassed.

About 200 feet farther is another dry fall (TouCan03DryFal) in the wash that is easily down and up climbed.

About 100 feet farther is the trail drops down into Oak Creek (TouCan04Oak).  Turn left and follow southeast down Oak Creek. Be sure to take note of what this spot looks like as you will need to leave Oak Creek here on the way back.

About 300 feet farther leave the wash (TouCan05) on the right (southish) side up onto an old road and continue southeast on the old road.

About 1200 feet farther the old road crosses the wash (jTouCanBt) at the lower end of the TouCan Canyon drainage. Continue south across the wash and up the bank on the other side to more old road to follow southish.  On the exit you will be coming down the drainage back to this road here.

About 250 feet farther the old road crosses another wash (TouCan06Steep) and is pretty washed out. Go up the steep bank on the south side and go up a steep hill for a little over 300 feet to where it levels off to more old road.

As the hill levels off (TouCan07) the old road continues southish.

A little over 300 feet the old road tees into a wide well maintained ranch road (TouCan08). Turn right and walk west about 250 feet to another side road going to a reservoir (TouCan09).

Turn left on this next road and walk south toward a small reservoir.

About 300 feet farther walk around the reservoir (TouCan10Res) to continue south.

About 110 feet southwest of the reservoir is the corner (TouCan11Fence) of a fence line just south of the reservoir. From the corner of the fence walk south on use trails for about 600 feet roughly following the barbed wire fence over to a wooden structure in the fence.

At the wooden structure (TouCan12Fence) turn right and follow west up what looks like it was an old forgotten road.

About 200 feet farther is a fork (TouCan13Fork) in the road, stay right.

About 0.45 miles farther the road / trail makes a left hand bend (TouCan14Lft) to travel more south then crosses chunky white dirt as it drops down to and through a wash.

About 600 feet farther road / trail crosses a wash (TouCan15) and continues south up the slope on the other side.

About 750 feet farther the road / trail makes sharp right hand turn (TouCan16Rgt) and continues west up a dirt ridge.

About 700 feet farther the road / trail levels out briefly as it crosses a wash (TouCan17) in white rock. On the other side of the wash is more steep travel where the road is almost non-existent for about 250 feet.

As the road begins to appear again (TouCan18RdAgn) follow the winding rubble filled road up for a little over 200 feet to lots of slick rock.

The road soon fades away to rough slickrock (TouCan19), veer right and route find west up the slickrock toward a small saddle that can be seen almost 300 feet away.

From the small saddle (TouCan20Sadle) the road fades away to rough slick rock. Continue route finding west about 250 feet to another saddle in the slickrock.

From the next saddle (TouCan21Sadle) the road is still not seen in the rough slickrock. Continue route finding northwest up rough slickrock looking for a section of road you can see cut into the slickrock about 750 feet away.

When you get to the section of road seen cut into the slickrock (TouCan22RdCut) continue southwest.

About 350 feet farther the road tops out briefly (TouCan23) still in rough slickrock. Route find northwest aiming slight right of a set of slick rock hills seen in the distance.

About 400 feet farther is a short section with evidence of the road (TouCan24RdCut) then more slickrock. Continue route finding up to the northwest.

About 900 feet farther is another short section where remnants of the road can be seen (TouCan25RdCut).

About 400 feet farther faint road begins to emerge again (TouCan26RdAgn). Continue west to a brief top out where the road begins to slowly drop again.

Almost 500 feet farther the road crosses down through a wide wash (TouCan27) then starts climbing steeply again.

Almost 500 feet farther the road veers left (TouCan28) and slowly starts to get wider and better traveled. Continue up to the west.

About 0.9 miles farther is a brief hi point in the road (TouCan29HiPnt).

About 0.25 miles farther the road tops out (TouCan30TpOut) then begins to slowly drop again continuing west.

About 0.35 miles farther is the start of (TouCan31Sand1) a sandy section in the road to slog your way up.

About 0.25 miles farther is the top of a second sand slog section (TouCan32Sand2). The top of this second sand section is where you leave the trail to the right and route find north across open desert toward the top of Tou-Can Canyon.

About 0.24 miles across open desert is steep dirt slopes (TouCan33Steep) leading down into the top of Tou-Can Canyon. Route find your way through steep dirt and vegetation about 200 feet to where you can scramble down into the top of the canyon.

About 200 feet farther you will be down in the wash at the top of Tou-Can Canyon (yTouCanTp) 

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
From the top of Tou-Can Canyon (yTouCanTp) turn right and travel east for about 100 feet to a series of two short dry falls (TouCan34DryFl) where the second one is best done using a handline to traverse and go down.  Walk about 100 feet down canyon to rap 1.

Rap 1 (dTouCanR1) is anchored from a log about 10 feet back and drops about 35 feet.  Shortly down canyon is rap 2.

Rap 2 (dTouCanR2) is anchored from a tree about 15 feet back and drops about 150? feet down a sloped then vertical wall. I did not get a good measurement on this rappel length and have over rated it to be safe.  Continue down canyon with mild bush whacking down a gentle wash.

About 550 feet farther is an easy downclimb (TouCan35SltUp) of about 10 to 12 feet down V slot as the canyon begins to slot up. Continuing down the slot is a series of 3 more easy downclimbs of 15, 6 and 12 feet.

Shortly down canyon is a skinny spot (TouCan36) where stem / galumph is needed to for about 40 feet to where you can easily drop back to the canyon floor. The next 350 feet of canyon has multiple short easy downclimbs and a few places that can hold waist or a little deeper of water before reaching a long steeply sloping narrow crack.

At the top of the long sloping narrow crack (TouCan37) continue down is relatively easy to downclimb but is narrow enough you will be stemming up out of the crack a bit with some exposure. At the bottom of the downclimb is a ledge and the top of rap 3.

Rap 3 (dTouCanR3) is anchored from a choke stone / cairn anchor about 20 feet back and drops about 40 feet down a sloped wall with large ledges to wide wash below. The rocks will likely flash out during big rains and new rocks will need to be farmed from the canyon below to set the anchor. The layout of the place allows easy farming and hauling up of rocks.

About 275 feet farther the canyon slots up again (TouCan38) with easy down climbing and galumphing through narrow slot for about 200 feet to the next rap.

Rap 4 (dTouCanR4) is anchored from a knot chock anchor and drops about 35 feet down a vertical wall to wide canyon and boulder debris. At the bottom of the rap look RDC down canyon for a large arch just down canyon of a spire. Continue down canyon boulder hoping.

About 1000 feet farther the boulder hoping continues but becomes easier (TouCan39) and the slope begins to level off.

About 700 feet farther is a small log held up by a rock pile with two cans with screw on tops nailed to the log (TouCan40-Cans). The cans look pretty old. Down canyon is easy wash walking.  The log and cans are up out of the wash and may be missed if you are not looking for them.

About 240 feet farther is a side drainage (TouCan41) that joins in from the LDC (north) side. There is also some petrified wood in the area.

About 0.5 miles farther is a partner assistable downclimb (TouCan42) of about 15 feet down a sloped crack under a small boulder. Shortly after are two more downclimbs of 6 then 10 feet, followed by a long corridor section.

About 800 feet farther is an easy galumph down short sloped slot (TouCan43).

About 700 feet farther is a short chamber like section (TouCan44) with some easy scrambles as you pass down through the Kayenta rock layer.

About 600 feet farther a cross joint (TouCan45) comes in from the LDC side as you begin to see signs of the Navajo rock layer.

About 550 feet farther is the top end of a deep slot (TouCan46) about 400 feet long cutting down through the Navajo rock layer with one downclimb of about 6 feet over a boulder.  Shortly down canyon is rap 5.

Rap 5 (dTouCanR5) is anchored from a tree and drops about 15 feet down into a long narrow slot about 500 feet long.

About 0.33 miles farther is a short narrow slot (TouCan47) to walk though.

About 0.3 miles farther is a short slot (TouCan48) that can hold waist deep water after recent rains.

About 500 feet farther Tou-Can drainage crosses a road (yTouCanBt).

The Exit:
From where Tou-Can crosses the road (yTouCanBt), cross the road and continue down the drainage.

About 275 feet farther a large water pipe crosses the drainage (TouCan49).

About 0.5 miles farther the wash will cross an old road / trail (jTouCanB).  On the way out of Tou-Can turn left and follow the old road northish to reverse the approach route back to the vehicles.

Following the old road northwest about 0.22 miles to drop back into the wash (TouCan05).

About 300 feet up the wash to a trail going up a side drainage on the right (TouCan04Oak).  Turn right and follow up that trail.

Scramble up or around a couple dry falls (TouCan03DryFal) and (TouCan02DryFal).

About 1000 feet farther up the route leaves the minor drainage (TouCan01).  Leave the wash walk the hill about 450 feet back up to the vehicles (tOakCrkLwr).

GPS Waypoint Information

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Elevations are approximate.  Waypoints with no elevation data will display NaN in place of the elevation.

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entering coordinates from this website, please ensure your system (GPS or mapping software) is set to the same datum used here.  Waypoint coordinates are listed with WGS84 datum and in Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd° format.  Entering coordinate information with inconsistent datum's can result in the waypoints being off by hundreds of feet.  It is important to keep this in mind when entering waypoints from any source.

Tou-Can (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. exNotom-hwy24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.28351   W -111.12851        Elev: NaN Feet

  2. exOakCreek2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.10259   W -111.06935        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn off to the road for llower Oak Creek trailhead. Labeled as Oak Creak 2 on the sign.
  3. ParkBndryOak1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08880   W -111.10638        Elev: NaN Feet
    Park boundary sign along the road on the drive into the lower Oak Creek.
  4. ParkBndryOak2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08870   W -111.10885        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another park boundary sign along the raod.
  5. OakCrkLwr01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08646   W -111.11005        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road crosses wash where high clearance is needed.
  6. ParkBndryOak3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08756   W -111.11432        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road begins to get more rough. Travel beyond this point will require high clearance and 4x4 is highly recomended. There are park boundary signs here as well as a large wooden sign indicating you are entering Capitol Reef National Park.
  7. tOakCrkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08135   W -111.12774        Elev: 5,830 Feet
    Trailhead for lower Oak Creek. Signs saying hikers trailhead and no vehicles beyond this point. Walk south down the old road / trail for about 450 feet to drop into a wash.
Tou-Can (2) - Approach
  1. tOakCrkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08135   W -111.12774        Elev: 5,830 Feet
    Trailhead for lower Oak Creek. Signs saying hikers trailhead and no vehicles beyond this point. Walk south down the old road / trail for about 450 feet to drop into a wash.
  2. TouCan01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08021   W -111.12841        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail down from parking spot drops into a wash here. On the way in, continue south following down a winding drainage. Be sure to take note of what this spot looks like as you will need to leave the wash here on the way back. On they way back out, leave the wash here and walk the hill about 450 feet back up to the vehicles.
  3. TouCan02DryFal          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07822   W -111.12811        Elev: NaN Feet
    Dry fall in the wash easily bypassed.
  4. TouCan03DryFal          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07773   W -111.12819        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another dry fall in the wash that is easily down and up climbed.
  5. TouCan04Oak          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07750   W -111.12819        Elev: 5,710 Feet
    Trail drops down into Oak Creek here. On the way in turn left and follow southeast down Oak Creek. Be sure to take note of what this spot looks like as you will need to leave Oak Creek here on the way back. On the way out you will leave Oak Creek here and travel back up the wash to the north.
  6. TouCan05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07726   W -111.12719        Elev: NaN Feet
    While traveling southeast down Oak Creek leave the wash here on the right (southish) side up onto an old road and continue southeast on the old road.
  7. jTouCanBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07514   W -111.12477        Elev: 5,655 Feet
    Old road crosses the wash at the lower end of the TouCan Canyon drainage. On the way up continue south across the wash and up the bank on the other side to more old road to follow southish. On the way out of Tou-Can turn left and follow the old road northish to reverse the approach route back to the vehicles.
  8. TouCan06Steep          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07455   W -111.12428        Elev: NaN Feet
    Old road crosses another wash and is pretty washed out. Go up the steep bank on the south side and go up a steep hill for a little over 300 feet to where it levels off to more old road.
  9. TouCan07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07378   W -111.12333        Elev: NaN Feet
    After getting up the steep hill more old easy to walk road continues southish.
  10. TouCan08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07176   W -111.12224        Elev: NaN Feet
    Old road tees into a wide well maintained ranch road. Turn right and walk west about 250 feet to another side road going to a reservoir.
  11. TouCan09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07156   W -111.12311        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn left and walk south on a side road leading over to a small reservoir.
  12. TouCan10Res          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07086   W -111.12316        Elev: NaN Feet
    Walk around the reservoir to continue south.
  13. TouCan11Fence          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07068   W -111.12346        Elev: NaN Feet
    Corner of a fence line just south of the reservoir. From the corner of the fence walk south on use trails for about 600 feet roughly following the barbed wire fence over to a wooden structure in the fence.
  14. TouCan12Fence          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06907   W -111.12356        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wooden structure in the fence allowing foot traffic but not animal traffic. Turn right and follow west up what looks like it was an old forgotten road.
  15. TouCan13Fork          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06882   W -111.12420        Elev: NaN Feet
    Fork in the road, stay right.
  16. TouCan14Lft          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06679   W -111.13156        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road / trail makes a left hand bend to travel more south then crosses chunky white dirt as it drops down to and through a wash.
  17. TouCan15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06523   W -111.13151        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road / trail crosses a wash and continues south up the slope on the other side.
  18. TouCan16Rgt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06323   W -111.13120        Elev: 5,890 Feet
    Road / trail makes sharp right hand turn and continues west up a dirt ridge.
  19. TouCan17          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06349   W -111.13333        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road / trail levels out briefly as it crosses a wash in white rock. On the other side of the wash is more steep travel where the road is almost non-existent for about 250 feet.
  20. TouCan18RdAgn          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06382   W -111.13408        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road begins to appear again. Follow the winding rubble filled road up for a little over 200 feet to lots of slick rock.
  21. TouCan19          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06334   W -111.13459        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road fades away to rough slickrock. Veer right and route find west up the slickrock toward a small saddle that can be seen.
  22. TouCan20Sadle          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06374   W -111.13538        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road / trail gets to a small saddle in the slickrock. From this point the road fades away to rough slick rock. Continue route finding west about 250 feet to another saddle in the slickrock.
  23. TouCan21Sadle          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06400   W -111.13623        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another saddle in the slickrock. The road is still not seen in the rough slickrock. Continue route finding northwest up rough slickrock looking for a section of road you can see cut into the slickrock about 750 feet away.
  24. TouCan22RdCut          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06445   W -111.13963        Elev: NaN Feet
    Portions of the road become visible again where it was cut into the slickrock. Continue southwest.
  25. TouCan23          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06416   W -111.14070        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road tops out briefly still in rough slickrock. Route find northwest aiming slight right of a set of slick rock hills seen in the distance.
  26. TouCan24RdCut          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06468   W -111.14168        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short section with evidence of the road then more slickrock. Continue route finding up to the northwest.
  27. TouCan25RdCut          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06674   W -111.14327        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another short section where remnants of the road can be seen.
  28. TouCan26RdAgn          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06743   W -111.14427        Elev: 6,470 Feet
    Faint road begins to emerge again. Continue west to a brief top out where the road begins to slowly drop again.
  29. TouCan27          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06685   W -111.14580        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road crosses down through a wide wash then starts climbing steeply again.
  30. TouCan28          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06744   W -111.14714        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road veers left and slowly starts to get wider and better traveled. Continue up to the west.
  31. TouCan29HiPnt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06330   W -111.15829        Elev: 7,190 Feet
    Brief hi point in the road.
  32. TouCan30TpOut          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06221   W -111.16195        Elev: 7,210 Feet
    Road tops out then begins to slowly drop again continuing west.
  33. TouCan31Sand1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.05997   W -111.16693        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sandy section in the road to slog your way up.
  34. TouCan32Sand2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.05957   W -111.17165        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a second sand slog section. The top of this second sand section is where you leave the trail to the right and route find north across open desert toward the top of TouCan Canyon.
  35. TouCan33Steep          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06253   W -111.17277        Elev: NaN Feet
    Steep dirt slopes leading down into the top of Tou-Can Canyon. Route find your way through steep dirt and vegetation about 200 feet to where you can scramble down into the top of the canyon.
  36. yTouCanTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06299   W -111.17279        Elev: 7,100 Feet
    Top of Tou-Can Canyon where the draiange above begins to carve down into red and white sandstone layers.
Tou-Can (3) - The Canyon
  1. yTouCanTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06299   W -111.17279        Elev: 7,100 Feet
    Top of Tou-Can Canyon where the draiange above begins to carve down into red and white sandstone layers.
  2. TouCan34DryFl          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06298   W -111.17246        Elev: NaN Feet
    Series of two short dry falls where the second one is best done using a handline to traverse and go down.
  3. dTouCanR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06308   W -111.17210        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Tou-Can Canyon. Anchored from a log about 10 feet back and drops about 35 feet.
  4. dTou-CanR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06326   W -111.17204        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - TouCan Canyon. Anchored from a tree about 15 feet back and drops about 150? feet down a sloped then vertical wall. I did not get a good measurement on this rappel length and have over rated it to be safe. Continue down canyon with mild bush whacking down a gentle wash.
  5. TouCan35SltUp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06409   W -111.17072        Elev: NaN Feet
    Easy downclimb of about 10 to 12 feet down V slot as the canyon begins to slot up. Continuing down the slot is a series of 3 more easy downclimbs of 15, 6 and 12 feet.
  6. TouCan36          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06421   W -111.16987        Elev: NaN Feet
    Skinny spot where stem / galumph is needed to for about 40 feet to where you can easily drop back to the canyon floor. The next 350 feet of canyon has multiple short easy downclimbs and a few places that can hold waist or a little deeper of water before reaching a long steeply sloping narrow crack.
  7. TouCan37          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06443   W -111.16896        Elev: NaN Feet
    Long steeply sloped narrow crack leading down to the top of rap 3. The crack is relatively easy to downclimb but is narrow enough you will be stemming up out of the crack a bit with some exposure. At the bottom of the downclimb is a ledge and the top of rap 3.
  8. dTouCanR3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06435   W -111.16873        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Tou-Can Canyon. Anchored from a choke stone / cairn anchor about 20 feet back and drops about 40 feet down a sloped wall with large ledges to wide wash below. The rocks will likely flash out during big rains and new rocks will need to be farmed from the canyon below to set the anchor. The layout of the place allows easy farming and hauling up of rocks.
  9. TouCan38          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06453   W -111.16786        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon slots up again with easy down climbing and galumphing through narrow slot for about 200 feet to the next rap.
  10. dTouCanR4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06479   W -111.16732        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 4 - Tou-Can Canyon. Anchored from a knot chock anchor and drops about 35 feet down a vertical wall to wide canyon and boulder debris. At the bottom of the rap look RDC down canyon for a large arch just down canyon of a spire. Continue down canyon boulder hoping.
  11. TouCan39          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06591   W -111.16433        Elev: NaN Feet
    The boulder hoping continues but becomes easier and the slope begins to level off.
  12. TouCan40-Cans          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06702   W -111.16252        Elev: NaN Feet
    A small log held up by a rock pile with two cans with screw on tops nailed to the log. The cans look pretty old. Down canyon is easy wash walking. The log and cans are up out of the wash and may be missed if you are not looking for them.
  13. TouCan41          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.06751   W -111.16214        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side drainage joins in from the LDC (north) side. There is also some petrified wood in the area.
  14. TouCan42          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07027   W -111.15396        Elev: NaN Feet
    Partner assistable downclimb of about 15 feet down a sloped crack under a small boulder. Shortly after are two more downclimbs of 6 then 10 feet, followed by a long corridor section.
  15. TouCan43          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07101   W -111.15144        Elev: NaN Feet
    Easy galumph down short sloped slot.
  16. TouCan44          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07197   W -111.14948        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short chamber like section with some easy scrambles as you pass down through the Kayenta rock layer.
  17. TouCan45          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07253   W -111.14755        Elev: NaN Feet
    Cross joint comes in from the LDC side as you begin to see signs of the Navajo rock layer.
  18. TouCan46          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07203   W -111.14563        Elev: NaN Feet
    Starting into the top end of a deep slot about 400 feet long cutting down through the Navajo rock layer with one downclimb of about 6 feet over a boulder.
  19. dTouCanR5          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07350   W -111.14343        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 5 - TouCan Canyon. Anchored from a tree and drops about 15 feet down into a long narrow slot about 500 feet long.
  20. TouCan47          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07555   W -111.13970        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short narrow slot to walk though.
  21. TouCan48          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07617   W -111.13461        Elev: NaN Feet
    Short slot that can hold waist deep water after recent rains.
  22. yTouCanBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07619   W -111.13294        Elev: 5,800 Feet
    Tou-Can drainage crosses a road. Cross the road and continue down the drainage.
Tou-Can (4) - Exit
  1. yTouCanBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07619   W -111.13294        Elev: 5,800 Feet
    Tou-Can drainage crosses a road. Cross the road and continue down the drainage.
  2. TouCan49          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07661   W -111.13218        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large water pipe crosses the drainage.
  3. jTouCanBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07514   W -111.12477        Elev: 5,655 Feet
    Old road crosses the wash at the lower end of the TouCan Canyon drainage. On the way up continue south across the wash and up the bank on the other side to more old road to follow southish. On the way out of Tou-Can turn left and follow the old road northish to reverse the approach route back to the vehicles.
  4. TouCan05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07726   W -111.12719        Elev: NaN Feet
    While traveling southeast down Oak Creek leave the wash here on the right (southish) side up onto an old road and continue southeast on the old road.
  5. TouCan04Oak          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07750   W -111.12819        Elev: 5,710 Feet
    Trail drops down into Oak Creek here. On the way in turn left and follow southeast down Oak Creek. Be sure to take note of what this spot looks like as you will need to leave Oak Creek here on the way back. On the way out you will leave Oak Creek here and travel back up the wash to the north.
  6. TouCan03DryFal          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07773   W -111.12819        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another dry fall in the wash that is easily down and up climbed.
  7. TouCan02DryFal          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.07822   W -111.12811        Elev: NaN Feet
    Dry fall in the wash easily bypassed.
  8. TouCan01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08021   W -111.12841        Elev: NaN Feet
    Trail down from parking spot drops into a wash here. On the way in, continue south following down a winding drainage. Be sure to take note of what this spot looks like as you will need to leave the wash here on the way back. On they way back out, leave the wash here and walk the hill about 450 feet back up to the vehicles.
  9. tOakCrkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.08135   W -111.12774        Elev: 5,830 Feet
    Trailhead for lower Oak Creek. Signs saying hikers trailhead and no vehicles beyond this point. Walk south down the old road / trail for about 450 feet to drop into a wash.