|By pat campana |
May 15, 2014
So deafsmiths canyon has a right fork that goes up to the base of twin peaks and the fore mentioned meadow. On some topography maps I've looked at this is just called the right fork. The left fork which is called deafsmiths canyon is much shorter and ends going into the ridge of little cottonwood canyon.
I've only found climbing routes in the right fork on the north side. The bolts are solid but the rock often breaks and may of the holds are filled with spider webs. Definitely wear a helmet. I've also found two mine shafts both on the north side in the right fork as well. The first is blatantly obvious, the second you have to pay attention and differentiate talus from mine tailings to find it. Both only go about 20 feet back. The trail up the canyon is fairly easy to follow until you come to a point where you have to walk in the stream bed or climb up the side of a cliff to progress, after that be ready to bushwack through jungle like conditions, free climb, and walk in the stream. The trail has become almost completely over grown. WARNING the right fork is absolutely infested with rattle snakes I back packed twin peaks approaching from this canyon and for the 3 days I was there I saw 9 rattle snakes. Most of the time I was pushing through brush and almost stepped on them.
The left fork or deafsmiths canyon is a much more relaxed hike. The trail is thin and is more akin to a game trail than anything. It is however consistent as well as shaded and beautiful. If you hike for several miles the trail will disappear into a rock slide. Cross the rock slide and you'll see a bridge that crosses the stream and leads to a massive built up camp site. Google Image Indian ruins in deafsmiths canyon and you'll see it. They are not Indian ruins and the only ancient artifacts you'll find there are decades of beer cans shoved into this covered fire pit behind a man made stone wall in an indent in the cliff. It is a really awesome place just please remember to clean up after yourself if you camp there. I've hiked up there and picked up garbage so many times i've given up and just started shoving it into the rock fire place.
Lastly the guy who owns the land at the base of the canyon can be a real dick so watch out. You may get the cops called on you so make sure you burn whatever you have on you while your in the canyon:)
Have fun, good luck.