We love Maple Canyon because it's relatively close place to feel away from the world (despite it's over-crowdedness with climbers). This was Fathers Day weekend and we had planned a trip with a few members of my family (which can still be a lot) and we also invited the Beatty Family along, both of who grew up in the same area I came from in CA, so it was fun getting together with them and run down memory lane a bit.
Unfortunately this trip was cut way too short for us as the weather did not cooperate. We were still able to get a nice little hike in for the first day we were there, but the weather would soon turn pretty bad on us.
After setting up camp we all headed down canyon to do the Box Canyon hike. I love this hike because it's fun for kids (they can't get lost and they can climb around on things all over the canyon) and it ends at an awesome waterfall (trickle really).
The group heading up the Box Canyon
Looking up at the fall at the end of the canyon
My view looking down on everyone after I used the rope to climb about 3/4 of the way up the waterfall
Looking up at Matt, who made the climb all the way to the top
Coming down the canyon and ready to pass under/around the big boulder
Bailey and Alene passing under the boulder
Climbing up into a side cave
After getting back to camp I had set up a rappel behind our site and a few of us used it, but it was time for dinner and getting dark.
My brother Jeff on rappel
After dinner we hung around the campfire with ambitions of doing the 3 mile loop hike up to the top of the canyon, then back down the other side past the conglomerate arch, but it was cut short due to some HARD rain. We had hopes it would go away, but it never did. I was so thankful my parents had their tent trailer there, where we were able to run a canopy off the side and hang out under there for breakfast. We all finally decided to pack it up and got soaked in the process, sad we were never able to do the bigger hike.
Here is the Beatty Family's blog post about this little trip, which has more pictures and a better description of our trip (Matt is a great writer): Maple Canyon