Duration

#### 2.5

#### - 5 hrs.

Rating

#### 3

Technical Class Indicates the technicality of the terrain and the tyoe of rope work require.

1 -

Canyon Hiking Non-technical. No rope is required. See the route description for difficulties.

2 -

Basic Canyoneering Scrambling, easy climbing or downclimbing. A rope may be handy for handlines, belays, lowering packs and emergency use. Exit or retreat possible upcanyon without fixed ropes.

3 -

Intermediate Canyoneering Rappels or technical climbing and/or downclimbing. A rope is required for belays and single-pitch rappels. Retreat upcanyon would require fixing ropes.

4 -

Advanced Canyoneering Aid climbing, multi-pitch rappels and/or complex rope work (such as re-belays, tyrollean traverse, or guided rappels) may be required. Might also require difficult pothole escapes, serious squeezing, extensive high-risk downclimbing, or have difficult-to-establish natural anchors. Rappels longer than 200 feet will usually earn a canyon a Class 4 rating.

#### A

Water Rating indicates complications due to flowing or still water, under normal conditions.

A -

Normally dry or with very little water. Wading to waist deep at most.

B -

Water with no current or light current. Still pools. Falls are normally dry or running at a trickle. Swimming expected.

C -

Water with strong current. Waterfalls. Wet canyon rope techniques required.

#### II

Time or Grade indicates the length of the adventure.

I -

Short. A couple of hours.

II -

Requires about a half day.

III -

Normally requires most of a day.

IV -

Expected to take a long day. Get up early, bring a headlamp. Possible bivy.

V -

More than one day. Normally done in two days.

VI -

Two full days or more.

Additional Risk Rating indicates the presence of more risk factors than might be expected.

No Rating -

Normal risk factors are present on this adventure.

R -

One or more extraordinary risk factors exist that complicate the descent. Solid technical skills and sound judgment required. Not appropriate for beginners, even with competent leadership.

X -

Multiple risk factors exist that will complicate the descent. Errors in technique or judgment will likely result in serious injury or death. Descent should be attempted by expert canyoneers only. This is the least-well-established part of the rating system, and the most subjective. Use by beta-providers varies widely, to the point that this part of the rating means very little.

Longest Rappel

#### 95 ft

Number of Rappels

#### 4 -

#### 5

In the town of Bicknell, located outside Capitol Reef National Park, Sunglow Canyon — aka known as Pete’s Dragon Canyon– is a wonderful route for beginners. While the actual slot is very short, it is still very fun. Once you drop into the canyon at the first rappel, there are no possible escapes, but the slot section is very short and can be run through quickly. The rappels come one right after the other once in the canyon, with only a handful of yards between each rappel station. If you run this canyon in the evening, you will notice the walls of the canyon glow and it will leave no question as to why the canyon was named the way it was.

On most weekends, you might run into a group or two depending on what time you start. On holidays, there is a possibility of the canyon getting slightly backed up, but it’s rare. So if there are no groups in front of you, this canyon can be completed very fast, but if a couple of groups get ahead of you, the canyon can take a surprising amount longer.

There is an east fork of this canyon as well but is not as fun as the west fork. The east fork is still worth doing, but the majority of people find the west fork to be better. If you or your group are not up for a technical route for the day, this can be an enjoyable hike as well. For hikers, follow the Crescent Canyon Trail and instead of dropping into the wash as noted below, just continue along the trail.

Country: united states

State/Province: UT

City or Nearest City: Torrey

#### Approaches:

#### First Rappel:

#### Last Rappel:

#### Exits:

## Calculate time for your adventure

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#### 1. Approaches:

## Crescent Canyon Trail Approach

**Approach GPS:** 38.34127, -111.52566

The approach is very straightforward and there is a well-established trail to follow the whole time. The total distance of the approach is about 2.23 miles. From the dirt parking area, you’ll follow the trail to a meadow for about 0.5 miles, where you will cross and begin to follow switchbacks up the mesa. The majority of the elevation gain happens right after this meadow. Just over 1.1 miles into the hike is the halfway point. You’ll then contour around the mesa a bit until you start paralleling the West Fork of the canyon’s wash. To enter the wash, you can either wait until the trail crosses the wash or drop in a bit earlier, where you can do an easy scramble into the wash (see waypoints). Follow the wash down the canyon for a bit until you reach the obvious first rappel.

## Parking:

#### Crescent Canyon Trailhead Parking

GPS: 38.34041, -111.52602

There is room here for multiple cars, but if it is full for any reason, you can park along the road at any of the numerous pullouts.

Crescent Canyon Trail Approach Gallery:

## Waypoints:

#### Meadow/Marsh Crossing

GPS: 38.34741, -111.52507

There is a trail marker here now, but sometimes the physical trail can be hard to spot. In springtime or after rain this meadow can be soft and squishy with water, but you should be able to avoid getting your feet wet.

#### Halfway Point

GPS: 38.35251, -111.52312

You are halfway to Rappel 1 at this point. Because most of the elevation gain is in the first half, this second half should be mich quicker.

#### Enter Wash

GPS: 38.35406, -111.51858

You will have been traveling parallel to the canyon wash for a while before this point, but this is where there is an easy scramble down to the wash.

#### 3. Exit Time:

## Sunglow Campground Exit

**Exit GPS:** 38.34862, -111.51734

As soon as you are down the last rappel, just follow the watercourse. You’ll have to scramble over some boulders and cross the stream a few times. An actual trail doesn’t really appear until you are near Sunglow Campground during the last 100 yards or so. Once you reach the campground, you’ll only have 0.3 more miles to reach the Crescent Canyon Trailhead where the approach starts. If you parked at the campground, then your exit is done!

Sunglow Campground Exit Gallery:

## Waypoints:

#### Campground

GPS: 38.34263, -111.51802

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### Approaches:

Crescent Canyon Trail Approach

### Canyon Time:

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### Exits:

Sunglow Campground Exit

### Additional Travel Info:

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## **Seasonal Gear Recommendations**

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## Sunglow Canyon Rappels

#### 4 - 5 rappels

The rappels come in rapid succession after the first drop and range from 20 ft. to 95 ft. A single 200 ft. rope will get you through the canyon, but the smart play is always to have an extra length of rope just in case of an emergency or rescue. Make sure that the bottom of rappels are clear before dropping your ropes, especially if there are groups in front of you. The starts of these rappels are very friendly, but a couple of them might be a bit awkward for beginners.

## Rappel 1

Length: 40 ft

Coordinates: 38.34951,-111.51761

## Rappel 1 Anchor

There is a large slung boulder right in the watercourse. The webbing is extended to the edge of the rappel about 12 feet. If re-rigging to extend to the edge, you would need around 25 ft. of webbing.

##### Overview

This is a great first rappel for beginners. The start is a low angle that becomes more steep towards the end.

##### Tips

Use a courtesy anchor for those who are not comfortable nearing the edge to hook up.

## Downclimb/Rappel 2

Length: 21 ft

Type of Rappel: Optional

## Rappel 2 Anchor

A slung small boulder in the watercourse serves as an anchor.

##### Overview

Located less than a minute down the canyon from rap 1, is an optional rappel. For those more experienced, a downclimb is quicker and appropriate here. A partner assist can be used for the last 5 ft drop of downclimb.

##### Tips

A soft, sitting start might be considered since the anchor is at ground level.

## Rappel 3

Length: 30 ft

## Rappel 3 Anchor

A glue-in and a hanger with a bolt and webbing serve as great anchor. It's impossible to miss and is on the wall DCL.

##### Overview

Just after the optional rappel is the third rap. This can be a but of an awkward start for beginners. Halfway down, it becomes free-hanging and can swing you pretty good if rappelling quickly.

##### Tips

Beginners might find a sitting start beneficial.

## Rappel 4

Length: 65 ft

## Rappel 4 Anchor

DCR are a bolt and hanger and one glue-in with webbing.

##### Overview

A few steps from the bottom of rap 3 is rap 4. From the top, you can actually see the last rappel and bottom of the canyon floor. This rap can have another awkward start for beginners. After the start, the rappel is very straight-forward.

##### Tips

Again, beginners might want to do a sitting start.

## Rappel 5

Length: 95 ft

Coordinates: 38.348885,-111.517815

## Photo Gallery

##### Rappel 1

This is a great first rappel for beginners. The start is a low angle that becomes more steep towards the end.

##### Rappel 1

This is a great first rappel for beginners. The start is a low angle that becomes more steep towards the end.

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

Located less than a minute down the canyon from rap 1, is an optional rappel. For those more experienced, a downclimb is quicker and appropriate here. A partner assist can be used for the last 5 ft drop of downclimb.

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

Located less than a minute down the canyon from rap 1, is an optional rappel. For those more experienced, a downclimb is quicker and appropriate here. A partner assist can be used for the last 5 ft drop of downclimb.

##### Rappel 3

Just after the optional rappel is the third rap. This can be a but of an awkward start for beginners. Halfway down, it becomes free-hanging and can swing you pretty good if rappelling quickly.

##### Rappel 3

Just after the optional rappel is the third rap. This can be a but of an awkward start for beginners. Halfway down, it becomes free-hanging and can swing you pretty good if rappelling quickly.

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

A few steps from the bottom of rap 3 is rap 4. From the top, you can actually see the last rappel and bottom of the canyon floor. This rap can have another awkward start for beginners. After the start, the rappel is very straight-forward.

##### Rappel 4

A few steps from the bottom of rap 3 is rap 4. From the top, you can actually see the last rappel and bottom of the canyon floor. This rap can have another awkward start for beginners. After the start, the rappel is very straight-forward.

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

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##### Rappel 4

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##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

##### Rappel 1

##### Rappel 1

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Downclimb/Rappel 2

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 3

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 4

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Rappel 5

This is the longest rappel in the canyon and has a really easy start.

##### Approach Trail Ascent

##### Meadow Crossing

## Sunglow Canyon Trip Reports

### May 27, 2023

We had a group of 4 with 2 beginners. The approach trail was easy to follow. There were three groups in front of ours so we had to wait a bit since one of them was a guided group. All of the anchors and webbing were in good shape. Our 200 ft. rope was the perfect length for the final rappel. There was no water in the canyon and we had a great time!