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By DaveOwen
Aug 29, 2013

I grew up in golden hills and hiked up there a hundred times. Even in the 70's access was issue with the guy on the canyon yet I was never personally confronted. I recall an old road cutting above the houses from the next east west road to the north. At the point where it drops down to his property a short bushwack of a couple hundred yards would put one past his property. Don't know if it still exists but would assume so. Might be worth checking out. I'm sure it can be seen from the little hill west of Wasatch blvd. The trail used to extend to the meadows at 8,000 ft.but you had to know the route perhaps its overgrown now.Great camping at the meadow it opens up with view of the valley also easier to access granite at the top of right fork from there.


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By pat campana
May 15, 2014
Picture of me in Orderville Canyon, Zion Nation Park Narrows Hike

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.


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By pat campana
May 15, 2014
Picture of me in Orderville Canyon, Zion Nation Park Narrows Hike

Looking down into deafsmiths from a ridge on twin peaks
Looking down into deafsmiths from a ridge on twin peaks


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By pat campana
May 15, 2014
Picture of me in Orderville Canyon, Zion Nation Park Narrows Hike

This is the part of the hike where the trail temporarily  merges with the stream bed
This is the part of the hike where the trail temporarily merges with the stream bed


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By pat campana
May 15, 2014
Picture of me in Orderville Canyon, Zion Nation Park Narrows Hike

Waterfall a little bit up the canyon from the stream bed photo
Waterfall a little bit up the canyon from the stream bed photo


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By pat campana
May 15, 2014
Picture of me in Orderville Canyon, Zion Nation Park Narrows Hike

after hours of bushwacking you may get lucky and find this remnant of a logging road
after hours of bushwacking you may get lucky and find this remnant of a logging road


There was a fire a while back that burnt many of the pines trees growing in the cirque at the top of the canyon
There was a fire a while back that burnt many of the pines trees growing in the cirque at the top of the canyon


the west side of twin peaks
the west side of twin peaks


looking into deafsmiths during the winter
looking into deafsmiths during the winter


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