canyonlands trail advice

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canyonlands trail advice

Post by socal_solo » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:37 am

Sorry if this is a double-post, I got logged out mid post.

I am planning to do a Canyonlands figure 8 in early April this year, as first described by Forrest McCarthy. Despite my user name this will be a group of 4 - all are backcountry experienced but new to packrafting.

The planned route is in 5 legs:
1) Hike Indian Creek Canyon from Lockhart Rd to the Colorado
2) Raft the Colorado from Indian Creek to Spanish Bottom
3) Hike Spanish Bottom -> The Dollhouse -> Chimney Rock -> South Fork Horse Canyon -> Green river at Stillwater Canyon
4) Raft Stillwater canyon -> the confluence -> Lower Red Lake Canyon
5) Hike Lower Red Lake Canyon -> Elephant Hill trailhead

Any beta about any of the legs would be greatly appreciated. I'm most concerned about the descent from South Fork Horse Canyon to Stillwater Canyon. I am bringing 25' of rope for lowering packs but will not be equipped for technical climbing. (As in extended class 4 and up. I would prefer to limit exposure to class 3 if possible.)

Any tips, thoughts, or favorite area highlights would be greatly appreciated. I will pay it forward with a trip report for future travelers.

Many thanks,

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