Canyoneering Route Description

Blarney Canyon - Left (west) Fork - 3B I
North Wash, Utah.

Quick Facts

05-22-10, 4 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 2.5 hours) Pictures Icon
05-29-10, 2 people, 1 Day (Time Unknown) - Did all seven Irish Canyons in a day with this being one of them.
04-06-13, 2 people, 1 Day (Time Unknown) - Did all seven Irish Canyons in a day with this being one of them.
09-22-12, 8 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 3.5 hours)
03-26-16, 5 people, 1 Day (Time Unknown) - Did all seven Irish Canyons in a day with this being one of them.

Time Required - 2 to 3 hours
Distance - 2.3 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 40 feet.
Elevation Range - 4530 - 4900 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 40 feet, and 30 feet of 1” webbing for sling placement.

General Comments

Blarney Canyon is a quick, fun run 2 rappels and a few down climbs with some fun narrows to play in.  There is nothing overly tight or challenging.  The canyon is quite pretty inside and worth a run through.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

From the junction of Utah highways 276 and 95, drive South on highway 95 about 1.5 miles to a turn off to a short dirt road (extBlarney).  The road drives straight back from the highway about 300 feet then turns left to drop down into the wash.  Park after the 300 feet of straight road before it turns (pkBlarney).  Optionally you can park out on the road and walk the 300 feet in.

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 of this route description.

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

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Details

The Approach:
From where you parked on the dirt road (pkBlarney) you will see the dirt road continue on into the wash that leads up into Blarney.  Walk north west across the road and follow a faint path up out of the wash the road was going up.  You will find yourself on a high spot between the wash the road was following and another drainage on the right (south west).   

Continue north west between these two drainages.  About 350 feet from the car will be the base of a slick rock slope (wBlarneyRP-01).  Scramble north up the sandstone slope to gain access to the ridge running between the two drainages. After about 375 feet the slope levels off a little but still continues climbing.   

After another 450 feet is a smooth sandstone high point along the ridge (wBlarneyRP-02).  From this smooth high point is a view of a huge rock face ahead about 500 feet away.  

Then another 300 feet is another high point that has more of a rock out cropping look (wBlarneyRP-03).  Skirt around the left (west) side of the high point and continue toward the huge rock face.  

After another 200 feet you will be at the base of the huge rock face (wBlarneyRP-04).  Follow a well worn trail around the left (west) side of the rock face.  

Another 550 feet will be a scramble up a section of slick rock (wBlarneyRP-05).  At the top of the slick rock the trail continues north and is still easy to follow.  The trail here is following the rim of the canyon on your right which is a side drainage of Blarney.  

About another 350 feet will be another slick rock slope (wBlarneyRP-06) to scramble up about 50 or 60 feet high.  A cairn may be at the top to help guide you.  At the top the trail continues still roughly following the rim on the right (east) side.  

About 650 feet after the trail junction the trail crosses over a drainage (yBlarneyLtFkTp).  This is the drainage you will drop into to start down the Left Fork of Blarney.

The Canyon / Technical Section:ical Section:
After crossing the wash at the head of the Left Fork of Blarney (yBlarneyLtFkTp) turn right (south) and follow along the rim about 70 feet down canyon to find an easy scramble down to the flat canyon floor.  From the bottom of the scramble, walk down canyon about 80 feet to the top of rap 1.

Rap 1 for the Left Fork of Blarney (dBlarneyLtFkR1) is anchored from a large boulder about 20 feet back and drops about 40 feet from the lip of the drop.  Rap starts down a fluted trough for about half the rap then down a rough wall with a short spot of free hang.  At the bottom of Rap 1 you are on the main canyon floor in a wide open area.  

Note:
Rap 1 can be bypassed. To bypass rap 1, walk about 250 feet east to the head of another drainage dropping down to the canyon floor (wBlarneyRP-11).  To down climb the drainage, follow a gentle slope down the LDC side then work back up into the drainage.  Continue down the drainage to the bottom where you will need to jump down about 3 feet to the canyon floor.   If you are a good down climber the rest of Left Fork of Blarney can be down climbed as well.

About 100 feet down canyon of rap 1 is the start of a narrow slot (wBlarneyRP-08) with a down climb to get down into the slot.  At the top of the down climb is a large boulder choke stone wedged between the walls.  Down climb under the choke stone through the hole then chimney down about 20 or 25 feet.  It is possible to climb over the choke stone but the start down into the chimney is exposed and has a sketchy start.  

After the down climb into the slot the canyon stays only a few feet wide most of the way with a couple down climbs along the way.  The first down climb is about 10 feet and is an easy straight forward chimney.  The second down climb is about 15 feet and can be a bit awkward starting over a rough boulder choke stone.  Stemming down LDC next to the choke stone is simple then followed by a reach under the choke stone with your legs for the opposite wall.  Another option on this second down climb is to stem between the canyon walls and go up and over the choke stone then stem down to the floor.  Shortly after is a drop of about 4 feet just before reaching the top of rap 2.  

Rap 2 (dBlarneyLtFkR2) is about 500 feet down canyon of the start of the narrow slot after rap 1.  Rap 2 is anchored from a choke stone and drops about 35 feet.  Rap 2 drops down into a slightly tighter section with a flat soft sandy bottom.  The section just below rap 2 is tighter now and the walls twist a little on the way up so there is little light getting into this spot.

Down canyon of rap 2 are a few more down climbs.  The first and second down climbs are 10 to 12 feet each and are easy.  The third is an elevator of about 20 feet.  Depending on the skill set of those that came before you, there may be anchors set up for rappels in unexpected places.  This is a short fun elevator, so rapping it robs you of some fun.  

Shortly after the 20 foot elevator the canyon widens slightly but is still a narrow walk between the walls.  

The junction with the Right Fork of Blarney (jBlarneyLtRt) is about 0.3 miles down canyon of rap 2.   

Down canyon of the junction the canyon stays wide and is easy walking along sand and slick rock.  

About 275 feet down canyon of the junction is a side drainage that joins in from RDC (wBlarneyRP-09).   

Another 0.2 miles down canyon another drainage joins in this time from LDC (wBlarneyRP-10).  

Another 500 feet down canyon is the start of another narrows that is only about 100 feet long.  At the lower end of the narrows is what I have marked as the bottom exit for the Blarney Canyons (yBlarneyBt) since the rest of the route is wide open easy walking in sand.

The Exit:
After exiting the 100 foot long narrows (yBlarneyBt) continue down canyon about 0.3 miles back to your car.

GPS Waypoint Information

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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.

Blarney Left Fork (1) - Approach
  1. extBlarney          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02044   W -110.54493        Elev: 4,510 Feet
    Exit for the dirt road into the bottom of Blarney Canyon.
  2. pkBlarney          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02120   W -110.54479        Elev: 4,530 Feet
    Park here on the dirt road a short distance from the highway to start Blarney Canyon or Shillelagh Canyon.
  3. wBlarneyRP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02194   W -110.54538        Elev: NaN Feet
    Base of a sand stone slope leading up to the ridge between two drainages.
  4. wBlarneyRP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02397   W -110.54431        Elev: NaN Feet
    Smooth sand stone high point on the ridge.
  5. wBlarneyRP-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02484   W -110.54440        Elev: NaN Feet
    Another high point along the ridge that looks more like a rock out cropping.
  6. wBlarneyRP-04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02542   W -110.54441        Elev: NaN Feet
    At the base of a huge rock face. Travel around the left (west) side of the rock face following a well worn trail.
  7. wBlarneyRP-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02664   W -110.54412        Elev: NaN Feet
    Scramble up a section of slick rock to find where the trail continues.
  8. wBlarneyRP-06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02745   W -110.54399        Elev: 4,830 Feet
    Another slick rock slope to scramble up to find where the trail continues again.
  9. jBlarnyShilela          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03085   W -110.54269        Elev: 4,855 Feet
    Junction where the trail forks for either the West Fork of Blarney to the right (north east) or the East Fork of Shillelagh to the left (north west).
  10. wBlarneyRP-07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03305   W -110.54000        Elev: 4,857 Feet
    Another trail junction. Left is a fain path not well travelled. To the right (east) is a still well used path following the rim of the West Fork of Blarney.
  11. yBlarneyLtFkTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03410   W -110.53868        Elev: 4,857 Feet
    Top entry for the left(west) fork of Blarney Canyon. This is a side entry near the actual head of the canyon. The trail crosses the wash here.
  12. wBlarneyRP-11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03383   W -110.53801        Elev: 4,883 Feet
    Alternate entry down into the Left Fork of Blarney Canyon. The drop at the head of this drainage can be down climbed starting down the a slope LDC then working back into the drainage as you down climb. Contue down the drainage to drop to the canyon floor.
Blarney Left Fork (2) - Canyon and Exit
  1. yBlarneyLtFkTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03410   W -110.53868        Elev: 4,857 Feet
    Top entry for the left(west) fork of Blarney Canyon. This is a side entry near the actual head of the canyon. The trail crosses the wash here.
  2. dBlarneyLtFkR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03372   W -110.53877        Elev: 4,829 Feet
    Rap 1 - Blarney Left Fork. Anchored from a large boulder about 20 feet back and drops about 40 feet from the lip.
  3. wBlarneyRP-08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03348   W -110.53865        Elev: 4,733 Feet
    Top of a deep narrow slot. Down climb about 25 feet down into the slot. The down climb is a chimney and is not too difficult.
  4. dBlarneyLtFkR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.03245   W -110.53953        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Blarney Left Fork. Anchored from a choke stone and drops about 35 feet.
  5. jBlarneyLtRt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02835   W -110.54074        Elev: 4,847 Feet
    Junction where the left and right forks of Blarney join.
  6. wBlarneyRP-09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02817   W -110.54165        Elev: 4,833 Feet
    A short side drainages joins in from RDC.
  7. wBlarneyRP-10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02629   W -110.54205        Elev: 4,784 Feet
    Side drainage that joins in from LDC.
  8. yBlarneyBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02507   W -110.54285        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom exit of Blarney Canyon. This is just after a short tight narrows of about 100 feet long.
  9. pkBlarney          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 38.02120   W -110.54479        Elev: 4,530 Feet
    Park here on the dirt road a short distance from the highway to start Blarney Canyon or Shillelagh Canyon.