Canyoneering Route Description

Upper Neon Canyon - 4A(B) IV
Escalante National Monument, Utah.

Quick Facts

06-12-20, 7 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 12 hours) Pictures Icon - Time includes a side trip down canyon to see the Triborough Bridges.

Time Required - 11 to 13 hours
Distance - 10.3 miles Total, 3.6 miles Technical
Rappels - 6 Rappels, Longest Rappel 160 feet.
Elevation Range - 4880 - 5860 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - High Clearance or carefully driven passenger car Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 160 feet and 30 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Wet suits recommended since the big rap drops down into a huge deep pool worth spending time playing in.  Sandtrap, Watertrap recommended to simplify some of the raps.  If no no Sandtrap or Watertrap, you may need to be more creative with anchor building and or farm materials to build anchors.

General Comments

This is not the traditional Neon Canyon route.  The more common Neon Canyon is the lower portion of Neon Canyon and best accessed via the Egypt Trailhead from the west.  This is the uppermost portion of Neon Canyon and best accessed via the Moody Canyon road from the east. 

The tippy top portion of upper Neon Canyon splits into a few minor drainages. The route described here drops down the northern most minor drainage as it was recommended to us as a the preferred choice. The Upper Neon route requires good map reading and or GPS skills for navigation as there are no trails and the route covers a lot of distance over varied terrain.

The Upper Neon route has a high pay to play ratio. The route is a long hard day with the reward of having a few challenges mixed in to keep it just interesting enough not to be just a full on hike. If you are looking for a route with a quick approach to a high density of canyon challenges this is likely not the route for you,. If on the other hand you are looking for a long route to see remote areas with just enough canyon fun to keep it interesting, this may be a good fit.

A lot of the drops in Upper Neon can be overcome using solid partner assist techniques. Depending on your groups ability and or willingness to engage in the effort of using partner assists, your rappel count may vary from that described here.

The pool below the biggest rappel is a great treat on a warm day as the pool is deep, pretty and inviting. In warm sun the pool is a lot of fun scrambling up onto nearby rocks for multiple jumps to the water.

After getting to the large side fork used as an exit for the Upper Neon route, you can take a side trip about 0.3 miles down canyon to a deep slot where you will find 3 small bridges known to some as the Triborough Bridges. Some of us on the trip had heard the name and assumed the bridges would be large since someone took the time to name them.  The small size of the bridges was a little underwhelming but the slot is a fun place to visit. These arches are all close together down in a deep slot offering a worthy scenic side trip and a notable landmark for those who may be traveling farther down canyon. If you plan to see the Triborough Bridges, allow about 1 or 1.5 hours for the side trip.

Early into the exit route out of Upper Neon is an upclimb of 10 to 12 feet that can be challenging stem style upclimb with an awkward top out.  A good upclimber can go first and send rope for everyone else.  Or a partner assist from below may be a good idea.

Warning there are sections of poison ivy in Upper Neon. On our visit in June 2020 we found some patches of poison ivy that were about 10 feet tall and had very healthy leaves.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

From the town of Boulder Utah turn off of highway 12 onto the Burr Trail Road.  Follow the Burr Trail Road east for about 18.4 miles to an exit to a dirt road on the right (south) which is the first turn off to the Wolverine Loop Road (extWolverine1).  Do not turn off onto this dirt road.

Continue on the paved Burr Trail another 10.5 miles to the second turn off for the Wolverine Loop Road (exWolverine2). Turn right onto the Wolverine Loop Road and drive the dirt road for 8.1 miles to the turn off onto the Moody Road (exMoodyCyn).

Turn left (south) onto the Moody Road and drive 2.7 miles to a road junction on the right (west) for the Silver Falls Road (exSilverFalls).

Continue past the Silver Falls road junction and continue south on the Moody Canyon Road for 8.2 miles to a spot to park (pUprNeon) for Upper Neon in a wash just off the main road where the road crosses a wash about 300 feet before reaching a sharp left turn in the road.

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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Click the links for maps of the route.
Map of the drive into the route.
Map of the entire route.
Map - zoom in of canyon 1.
Map - zoom in of canyon 2.

Details

The Approach:
From the parking spot (pUprNeon) walk away from the road following northwest up a wide wash. A ravine seen to the north is not the ravine you will be going up. The main wash will slowly hook right (north) and lead up to a boulder filled ravine that can not yet be seen from the trailhead.

About 0.23 miles from the parking spot is a small shelf (UprNeon01) in the wash to scramble up and where a smaller side wash comes in from the north. Continue northwest up the main wash.

About 0.35 miles farther the wash starts getting steeper (UprNeon02) with more continuous scrambling over boulders. As you near the top of the steep ravine travel it is easier to scramble up the large boulders on the west side rather than directly up the watercourse.

About 0.3 miles farther is the top of the steep part (UprNeon03) of the approach wash where boulder scrambling turns to more level wash. Continue north up the wash about 150 feet to a fork in the wash.

At the fork in the wash (UprNeon04) scramble up the nose between two forks and continue north in rolling slickrock. After scrambling up the nose, route find north through rolling slickrock valley then up the other side then down to an upper fork of Upper Neon about 0.4 miles away.

Note:
The route we took in June of 2020 was to veer slightly northeast and wrap around over varied terrain. A more direct northerly route will likely work better.

Almost 0.5 miles farther cross over an upper fork (UprNeon05) and continue northwest up and over to the northern most fork about 900 feet away scrambling down into the canyon (yUprNeonTp). 

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
Once in the top of the northern most fork of Upper Neon (yUprNeonTp) continue southwest down canyon with a mix of short easy downclimbs and small easy to bypass or bridge over potholes.

About 0.25 miles down canyon is a drop of about 12 feet (UprNeon06) where the last 6 feet requires a partner assist.

About 350 feet farther is a series of about 3 or 4 deep potholes (UprNeon07) that are easily bypassed up and over on the RDC side then back down to the canyon floor (UprNeon08) about 200 feet down canyon where another fork joins in from the LDC (east) side.

A short distance down canyon is a partner assisted down climb (UprNeon09) of about 8 feet with an overhanging lip. Continue down canyon with a few small easy downclimbs and a few potholes to easily bypass or bridge over.

About 300 feet farther is a pothole (UprNeon10) that needs to be crossed and requires partner assist out of. If sand scours out in the future this pothole may need a pack toss or potshot toss to get out of. Shortly after this pothole is a sloped downclimb of about 12 feet.

About 230 feet farther is a partner assistable downclimb (UprNeon11) of about 10 feet where the top rolls off to vertical with no features to hold onto.  About 700 feet farther is rap 1.

Rap 1 (dUprNeonR1) anchored from a small log wedged in a pothole about 10 feet back and drops about 10 feet over an overhung lip to a shallow pool. This drop can be partner assisted with effort.

About 375 feet farther is a sloped winding slide (UprNeon12) of about 15 feet with the last 4 feet needing a short jump to get down.

About 600 feet farther a small side drainage joins in (UprNeon13) from LDC (east).

Shortly after is a drop (UprNeon14) of about 8 feet to partner assist downclimb. Continue down canyon with a few short easy galumphs and downclimbs.

About 200 feet farther is a downclimb (UprNeon15) of about 6 feet that is a little awkward as it is at the end of a tilted crack.  A little over 200 feet farther is the next rap.

Rap 2 (dUprNeonR2) just after a large pothole to downclimb into and swim or bypass on the RDC side the scramble down to the anchor on the down canyon side of the pothole. Anchored from a choke stone and would use about 35 feet of rope as it winds down a couple downclimbable ledges to a vertical drop of about 10 feet.  On our visit June 2020 we were able to partner assist this drop using a large stick and multiple people.  The next rap is about 200 feet farther.

Rap 3 (dUprNeonR3) anchored from a chock stone and drops about 25 feet down a narrow crack that slowly flares out and becomes slick making the last 10 feet risky to downclimb. Continue down canyon and over a couple easy downclimbs and short wades in water along the way.  On our visit June 2020 we were able to find a long log and use multiple people to partner assist this drop.  The next rap is about 550 feet farther.

Rap 4 (dUprNeonR4) anchored from a tree about 20 feet back and uses about 160 feet of rope dropping about 125 feet down a mostly vertical wall over a hanging garden and very deep pool. The pool at the bottom is deep, super pretty and invites multiple rounds of jumping from rocks and swimming. Continue down canyon in a long watery thickly vegetated section.

About 0.35 miles farther is a side bowl like area on the LDC side (UprNeon16) where a side drainage joins in. Just after this side drainage then canyon begins to widen to easier walking as the vegetation thins out. Continue down canyon in wide open spaces and easy travel with a couple short easy downclimbs.

About 0.5 miles farther is the start of a short slot to galumph through for about 80 feet to the next rap.

Rap 5 (dUprNeonR5) anchored from a single rusted bolted hanger LDC about head high and drops about 60 feet down through and arch and is free hanging most of the rappel.

About 600 feet farther is a corridor (UprNeon18) a couple hundred feet long with the RDC wall carved out forming a half sided subway.

About 0.25 miles farther a small boulder filled drainage joins (UprNeon19EE) in from LDC (south)  that can be climbed up to exit and connect with the exit route.

Shortly down canyon is a slide (UprNeon20) of about 12 feet down into a pool.

About 500 feet farther is a stem style downclimb (UprNeon21) of about 15 feet down a crack to a narrow section of canyon with a pool to swim then galumphing for about 100 feet to a log jamb and rappel.

Rap 6 (dUprNeonR6) anchored from a log jam and drops about 15 feet to a deep narrow section of canyon with wading and swimming. Shortly down canyon is a downclimb of about 10 feet down to water in a very narrow slot that can be stemmed over with effort.

A little over 200 feet farther the canyon does a sharp left - right jog through cross joints (UprNeon22) then opens up to brief easy walking.

About 300 feet farther is another narrow slot (UprNeon23) with water to swim through. Shortly after is a downclimb / scramble down a sloped and winding downclimb.

About 600 feet farther are a  few downclimbs (UprNeon24) into narrow sections with water to wade through before reaching a confluence with a large fork (UprNeon25EE).

The Exit:
Once at the large confluence (UprNeon25EE) you can turn left and begin travel east up the side fork to start the exit out or you can drop your packs and take a 1 or 1.5 hours side trip down to the Triborough Bridges.

Side trip to Triborough Bridges:
If you decide to go to the Triborough Bridges, continue west down canyon from the large confluence (UprNeon25EE).

About 700 feet farther is a corridor (UprNeon25) about 150 feet long.

About 400 feet farther is a side drainage (UprNeon26) that drops in on the LDC (north) side.

About 500 feet farther is start of (UprNeon-TriArch) a 15 foot deep committing slot where you can see the first of the three small bridges known to some as Triborough Bridges. To go see the three bridges you will need to drop into this slot, go see the bridges then get back out of this slot.

One option to see the bridges is to take turns rappelling from a meat anchor then ascending out then trading places so everyone can go see the bridges. For the taller people comfortable with stemming you can bridge over the slot for about 50 feet to just over the top of the first bridge then drop down to the top of the bridge and easily scramble into the slot. To get out reverse this. Travel down canyon with easy drops until you have seen 3 bridges then turn around. Continuing past the 3rd bridge is not advised as it leads to potholes that will not be easily reversed.

After enjoying the bridges, return back up canyon to the large confluence to begin the exit from Upper Neon.

To exit Upper Neon walk east up the large side fork for about 140 feet to a sloped constriction (UprNeonEx01) of about 15 feet to upclimb while exiting up this fork.

About 80 feet farther up the side fork is an awkward stem style upclimb (UprNeonEx02) of about 10 feet. Partner assist can help get the first person up who can then toss a rope to those who follow. Skilled up climbers can do this without assist.

Almost 300 feet up the side fork is a crack / chute (UprNeonEx03) on the LUC (north) side to scramble up about 15 feet to a ledge system. After scrambling up, follow the ledge system east up canyon.

About 200 feet along the ledge system is where you start up a sloped crack (UprNeonEx04) leading up from the ledge system then scramble onto and up the steep slickrock nose up to the next higher ledge system in wide open rolling slickrock. Once in more level terrain route find northeast about 1000 feet to wide slickrock saddle.

Once at the wide saddle (UprNeonEx05) continue east by route finding up slickrock fins.

About 500 feet farther turn right (UprNeonEx06) and scramble up to the south about 80 feet to cross over to another set of fins where you can then continue east again up those fins.

About 800 feet farther as you approach a small dirt mesa (UprNeonEx07) contour around it on the left (northside) for easier travel. After getting around the small dirt mesa, walk about 1000 feet down then up gently sloped wide open slickrock.

When nearing the top of the smooth slickrock (UprNeonEx08) do not start scrambling up to the mesa top yet. Instead stay along the top of the smooth slickrock and contour left (north) around the mesa following a slickrock sidewalk zone just below the dirt and rock slope.

About 0.4 miles farther the slickrock sidewalk turns right (UprNeonEx09) as it begins to travel southeast following the rim of a side fork. As you round the corner begin contouring up dirt and rock slopes toward the mesa.

About 600 feet farther where convenient begin scrambling (UprNeonEx10) directly up the hill and up onto the mesa top.

Once on the mesa top (UprNeonEx11), route find east through rolling desert and slowly turn left wrapping around minor drainages as you head north.

About 0.6 miles farther the route passes the highpoint (UprNeonEx12) on the mesa continue north a few hundred feet then begin route finding out onto and slowly down a wide ridgeline.

About 0.5 miles farther when the ridge turns from dirt to more slickrock (UprNeonEx13), continue down and begin to veer right to travel more northeast looking for a way to scramble down to the right (east) down into the drainage below. The large drainage seen below is the same drainage you were in on the approach and where you want to get to for your exit.

About 1000 feet farther begin (UprNeonEx14) scrambling and or crab walking steep slickrock down to the large drainage below navigating up and around minor rock fins on the way.

About 1000 feet farther you will be back down in the large drainage by confluence (UprNeon04) turn right and travel south down the wash and reverse the approach route back to the parking spot (pUprNeon).

GPS Waypoint Information

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Downloadable GPX files for many of the canyons listed here are now available at the BG-Gear Store.  In addition to the waypoints, the GPX files also offer routes and tracks for the canyon.  Over time more GPX files will be added.

If you want to avoid manually adding waypoints into your GPS or mapping software, want the additional routes and tracks or simply want to support the efforts put into BluuGnome, head over to the BG-Gear Store and grab the files that interest you.

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

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

Notes for GPS information:
BEFORE
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.

Upper Neon (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. exWolverine2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.86551   W -111.10404        Elev: NaN Feet
    There are 2 exits for the Wolverine Loop Road off of the Burr Trail Road. This is the farthest southeast and is labeled on some maps as the Escalante Grand Staircase road 110 going south from here.
  2. exMoodyCyn          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.77177   W -111.09247        Elev: 6,251 Feet
    Exit off of the Wolverine Loop Road (road 110) to the Moody Canyon Road (road 116) goes off to the south.
  3. exSilverFalls          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.73698   W -111.09086        Elev: NaN Feet
    Exit off of Moody Canyon Road (road 116) where Silver Falls Road (road 117) goes off to the west.
  4. pUprNeon          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64189   W -111.07784        Elev: 4,880 Feet
    Park spot for Upper Neon in a wash just off the main road where the road crosses a wash about 300 feet before reaching a sharp left turn in the road. To go to start the Upper Neon Route walk away from the road following northwest up a wide wash. A ravine seen to the north is not the ravine you will be going up. The main wash will lead up to a boulder filled ravine that can not yet be seen from the trailhead.
Upper Neon (2) - Approach
  1. pUprNeon          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64189   W -111.07784        Elev: 4,880 Feet
    Park spot for Upper Neon in a wash just off the main road where the road crosses a wash about 300 feet before reaching a sharp left turn in the road. To go to start the Upper Neon Route walk away from the road following northwest up a wide wash. A ravine seen to the north is not the ravine you will be going up. The main wash will lead up to a boulder filled ravine that can not yet be seen from the trailhead.
  2. UprNeon01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64428   W -111.08090        Elev: NaN Feet
    Small shelf in the wash to scramble up and where a smaller side wash comes in from the north. Continue northwest up the main wash.
  3. UprNeon02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64597   W -111.08656        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wash starts getting steeper with more continuous scrambling over boulders. As you near the top of the steep ravine travel it is easier to scramble up the large boulders on the west side rather than directly up the watercourse.
  4. UprNeon03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64956   W -111.08813        Elev: 5,525 Feet
    Top of the steep part of the approach wash where boulder scrambling turns to more level wash. Continue north up the wash about 150 feet to a fork in the wash.
  5. UprNeon04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64997   W -111.08801        Elev: NaN Feet
    Fork in the wash. On the approach, scramble up the nose between two forks and continue north in rolling slickrock. After scrambling up the nose, route find north through rolling slickrock valley then up the other side then down to an upper fork of Upper Neon about 0.4 miles away. Note: The route we took in June of 2020 was to veer slightly northeast and wrap around over varied terrain. A more direct northerly route will likely work better. On the exit once down into the wash, turn right and travel south down the wash and reverse the approach route back to the parking spot.
  6. UprNeon05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65565   W -111.09040        Elev: NaN Feet
    Cross over this upper fork and continue northwest up and over to the northern most fork about 900 feet away.
  7. yUprNeonTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65733   W -111.09260        Elev: 5,760 Feet
    Top of the northern most fork of Upper Neon. Continue southwest down canyon with a mix of short easy downclimbs and small easy to bypass or bridge over potholes.
Upper Neon (3) - The Canyon
  1. yUprNeonTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65733   W -111.09260        Elev: 5,760 Feet
    Top of the northern most fork of Upper Neon. Continue southwest down canyon with a mix of short easy downclimbs and small easy to bypass or bridge over potholes.
  2. UprNeon06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65447   W -111.09498        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 12 feet where the last 6 feet requires a partner assist.
  3. UprNeon07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65355   W -111.09533        Elev: NaN Feet
    Series of about 3 or 4 deep potholes that are easily bypassed up and over on the RDC side then back down to the canyon floor about 200 feet down canyon where another fork joins in from the LDC (east) side.
  4. UprNeon08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65298   W -111.09536        Elev: NaN Feet
    After bypassing a small series of potholes scramble back down to canyon floor by a side fork joining from the LDC (east) side.
  5. UprNeon09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65275   W -111.09530        Elev: NaN Feet
    Partner assisted down climb of about 8 feet with an overhanging lip. Continue down canyon with a few small easy downclimbs and a few potholes to easily bypass or bridge over.
  6. UprNeon10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65201   W -111.09573        Elev: NaN Feet
    A pothole that needs to be crossed and requires partner assist out of. If sand scours out in the future this pothole may need a pack toss or potshot toss to get out of. Shortly after this pothole is a sloped downclimb of about 12 feet.
  7. UprNeon11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65138   W -111.09598        Elev: NaN Feet
    Partner assistable downclimb of about 10 feet where the top rolls off to vertical with no features to hold onto.
  8. dUprNeonR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64992   W -111.09729        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Upper Neon. Anchored from a small log wedged in a pothole about 10 feet back and drops about 10 feet over an overhung lip to a shallow pool. This drop can be partner assisted with effort.
  9. UprNeon12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64906   W -111.09798        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sloped winding slide of about 15 feet with the last 4 feet needing a short jump to get down.
  10. UprNeon13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64777   W -111.09870        Elev: NaN Feet
    Small side drainage joins in from LDC (east).
  11. UprNeon14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64767   W -111.09894        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 8 feet to partner assist downclimb. Continue down canyon with a few short easy galumphs and downclimbs.
  12. UprNeon15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64740   W -111.09955        Elev: NaN Feet
    Downclimb of about 6 feet that is a little awkward as it is at the end of a tilted crack.
  13. dUprNeonR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64706   W -111.10019        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Upper Neon. Just after a large pothole to downclimb into and swim or bypass on the RDC side the scramble down to the anchor on the down canyon side of the pothole. Anchored from a choke stone and would use about 35 feet of rope as it winds down a couple downclimbable ledges to a vertical drop of about 10 feet. On our visit June 2020 we were able to partner assist this drop using a large stick and multiple people.
  14. dUprNeonR3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64689   W -111.10077        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Upper Neon. Anchored from a chock stone and drops about 25 feet down a narrow crack that slowly flares out and becomes slick making the last 10 feet risky to downclimb. Continue down canyon and over a couple easy downclimbs and short wades in water along the way. On our visit June 2020 we were able to find a long log and use multiple people to partner assist this drop.
  15. dUprNeonR4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64569   W -111.10150        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 4 - Upper Neon. Anchored from a tree about 20 feet back and uses about 160 feet of rope dropping about 125 feet down a mostly vertical wall over a hanging garden and very deep pool. The pool at the bottom is deep, super pretty and invites multiple rounds of jumping from rocks and swimming. Continue down canyon in a long watery thickly vegetated section for about 0.35 miles.
  16. UprNeon16          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64032   W -111.10568        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide bowl like area on the LDC side where a side drainage joins in. Just after this side drainage then canyon begins to widen to easier walking as the vegetation thins out. Continue down canyon in wide open spaces and easy travel with a couple short easy downclimbs.
  17. UprNeon17          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63645   W -111.11385        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a short slot to galumph through for about 80 feet to the next rap.
  18. dUprNeonR5          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63628   W -111.11404        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 5 - Upper Neon. Anchored from a single rusted bolted hanger LDC about head high and drops about 60 feet down through and arch and is free hanging most of the rappel.
  19. UprNeon18          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63572   W -111.11609        Elev: NaN Feet
    Corridor a couple hundred feet long with the RDC wall carved out forming a half sided subway.
  20. UprNeon19EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63391   W -111.12037        Elev: NaN Feet
    Small boulder filled drainage joins in from LDC (south) that can be climbed up to exit and connect with the exit route.
  21. UprNeon20          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63414   W -111.12091        Elev: NaN Feet
    Slide of about 12 feet down into a pool.
  22. UprNeon21          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63488   W -111.12245        Elev: NaN Feet
    Stem style downclimb of about 15 feet down a crack to a narrow section of canyon with a pool to swim then galumphing for about 100 feet to a log jamb and rappel.
  23. dUprNeonR6          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63478   W -111.12292        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 6 - Upper Neon. Anchored from a log jam and drops about 15 feet to a deep narrow section of canyon with wading and swimming. Shortly down canyon is a downclimb of about 10 feet down to water in a very narrow slot that can be stemmed over with effort.
  24. UprNeon22          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63427   W -111.12375        Elev: NaN Feet
    Canyon does a sharp left - right jog through cross joints then opens up to brief easy walking.
  25. UprNeon23          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63364   W -111.12449        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another narrow slot with water to swim through. Shortly after is a downclimb / scramble down a sloped and winding downclimb.
  26. UprNeon24          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63260   W -111.12628        Elev: NaN Feet
    A few downclimbs into narrow sections with water to wade through before reaching a confluence with a large fork.
  27. UprNeon25EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63198   W -111.12582        Elev: 5,020 Feet
    Confluence where a large fork joins in from LDC. This large fork is where you start the exit out of Upper Neon. Before exiting you can walk about 0.3 miles down canyon to what is known to some as Triborough Bridges then back to here to begin the exit. To exit walk east up the side fork about 240 feet to a stemming upclimb up a short sloped constriction.
Upper Neon (4) - Side Trip down to Triborough Bridges
  1. UprNeon25EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63198   W -111.12582        Elev: 5,020 Feet
    Confluence where a large fork joins in from LDC. This large fork is where you start the exit out of Upper Neon. Before exiting you can walk about 0.3 miles down canyon to what is known to some as Triborough Bridges then back to here to begin the exit. To exit walk east up the side fork about 240 feet to a stemming upclimb up a short sloped constriction.
  2. UprNeon25          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63169   W -111.12832        Elev: NaN Feet
    Corridor about 150 feet long.
  3. UprNeon26          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63210   W -111.12919        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side drainage drops in on the LDC (north) side.
  4. UprNeon-TriArch          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63201   W -111.13073        Elev: 5,020 Feet
    Start of a 15 foot deep committing slot where you can see the first of the three small bridges known to some as Triborough Bridges. To go see the three bridges you will need to drop into this slot, go see the bridges then get back out of this slot. One option to see the bridges is to take turns rappelling from a meat anchor then ascending out then trading places so everyone can go see the bridges. For the taller people comfortable with stemming you can bridge over the slot for about 50 feet to just over the top of the first bridge then drop down to the top of the bridge and easily scramble into the slot. To get out reverse this. Travel down canyon with easy drops until you have seen 3 bridges then turn around. Continuing past the 3rd bridge is not advised as it leads to potholes that will not be easily reversed.
Upper Neon (5) - Exit
  1. UprNeon25EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63198   W -111.12582        Elev: 5,020 Feet
    Confluence where a large fork joins in from LDC. This large fork is where you start the exit out of Upper Neon. Before exiting you can walk about 0.3 miles down canyon to what is known to some as Triborough Bridges then back to here to begin the exit. To exit walk east up the side fork about 240 feet to a stemming upclimb up a short sloped constriction.
  2. UprNeonEx01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63197   W -111.12536        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sloped constriction of about 15 feet to upclimb while exiting up this fork.
  3. UprNeonEx02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63203   W -111.12509        Elev: NaN Feet
    Awkward stem style upclimb of about 10 feet. Partner assist can help get the first person up who can then toss a rope to those who follow. Skilled up climbers can do this without assist.
  4. UprNeonEx03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63187   W -111.12420        Elev: NaN Feet
    Crack / chute on the LUC (north) side to scramble up about 15 feet to a ledge system. After scrambling up, follow the ledge system east up canyon.
  5. UprNeonEx04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63175   W -111.12352        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start up a sloped crack leading up from the ledge system then scramble onto and up the steep slickrock nose up to the next higher ledge system in wide open rolling slickrock. Once in more level terrain route find northeast about 1000 feet to wide slickrock saddle.
  6. UprNeonEx05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63364   W -111.11991        Elev: NaN Feet
    Saddle where you can look down to the north down into Upper Neon where you were earlier and look south down into the side fork used for the exit. Continue east by route finding up slickrock fins.
  7. UprNeonEx06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63420   W -111.11798        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn right and scramble up to the south about 80 feet to cross over to another set of fins where you can then continue east again up those fins.
  8. UprNeonEx07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63446   W -111.11535        Elev: NaN Feet
    As you approach this small dirt mesa contour around it on the left (northside) for easier travel. After getting around the small dirt mesa, walk about 1000 feet down then up gently sloped wide open slickrock.
  9. UprNeonEx08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63616   W -111.10968        Elev: NaN Feet
    When nearing the top of the smooth slickrock do not start scrambling up to the mesa top yet. Instead stay along the top of the smooth slickrock and contour left (north) around the mesa following a slickrock sidewalk zone just below the dirt and rock slope.
  10. UprNeonEx09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63813   W -111.10349        Elev: NaN Feet
    Slickrock sidewalk turns right as it begins to travel southeast following the rim of a side fork. As you round the corner begin contouring up dirt and rock slopes toward the mesa.
  11. UprNeonEx10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63730   W -111.10179        Elev: NaN Feet
    Where convenient begin scrambling directly up the hill and up onto the mesa top.
  12. UprNeonEx11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63589   W -111.09937        Elev: NaN Feet
    Once on the mesa top, route find east through rolling desert and slowly turn left wrapping around minor drainages as you head north.
  13. UprNeonEx12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64121   W -111.09188        Elev: 5,860 Feet
    As you pass the highpoint on the mesa continue north a few hundred feet then begin route finding out onto and slowly down a wide ridgeline.
  14. UprNeonEx13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64736   W -111.09283        Elev: NaN Feet
    When the ridge turns from dirt to more slickrock, continue down and begin to veer right to travel more northeast looking for a way to scramble down to the right (east) down into the drainage below. The large drainage seen below is the same drainage you were in on the approach and where you want to get to for your exit.
  15. UprNeonEx14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64951   W -111.09092        Elev: NaN Feet
    Begin scrambling and or crab walking steep slickrock to the large drainage below navigating up and around minor rock fins on the way.
  16. UprNeon04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64997   W -111.08801        Elev: NaN Feet
    Fork in the wash. On the approach, scramble up the nose between two forks and continue north in rolling slickrock. After scrambling up the nose, route find north through rolling slickrock valley then up the other side then down to an upper fork of Upper Neon about 0.4 miles away. Note: The route we took in June of 2020 was to veer slightly northeast and wrap around over varied terrain. A more direct northerly route will likely work better. On the exit once down into the wash, turn right and travel south down the wash and reverse the approach route back to the parking spot.
  17. UprNeon03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64956   W -111.08813        Elev: 5,525 Feet
    Top of the steep part of the approach wash where boulder scrambling turns to more level wash. Continue north up the wash about 150 feet to a fork in the wash.
  18. UprNeon02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64597   W -111.08656        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wash starts getting steeper with more continuous scrambling over boulders. As you near the top of the steep ravine travel it is easier to scramble up the large boulders on the west side rather than directly up the watercourse.
  19. UprNeon01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64428   W -111.08090        Elev: NaN Feet
    Small shelf in the wash to scramble up and where a smaller side wash comes in from the north. Continue northwest up the main wash.
  20. pUprNeon          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.64189   W -111.07784        Elev: 4,880 Feet
    Park spot for Upper Neon in a wash just off the main road where the road crosses a wash about 300 feet before reaching a sharp left turn in the road. To go to start the Upper Neon Route walk away from the road following northwest up a wide wash. A ravine seen to the north is not the ravine you will be going up. The main wash will lead up to a boulder filled ravine that can not yet be seen from the trailhead.