Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section
ElevationAscent: 67' 20 m
Descent: -1,179' -359 m
High: 6,479' 1,975 m
Low: 5,367' 1,636 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A true adventure; a rugged and rocky descent followed by passage through Lipan Canyon.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Start the descent on the north side of the road (signed Edge Loop).
It's a fun, but loose and rocky, descent through pinion and juniper into Lipan Canyon.
The descent exits into a sandy wash. There are clusters of rocks and dense vegetation corralling this part of the route, the upper reaches of Lipan Canyon. Be ready to duck, dive and wiggle your way through.
There is one challenging section that is obvious as the wash comes to the top of a small slot canyon. You'll have two options to descend here: go around or rappel.
The rappel is a two pitch endeavor. The first section is at the head of the slot, about 10-12 feet tall and tight. There are ropes at the top of each pitch anchored by a bolt and carabiner. Use at your own risk.
The non-rappel descent is found by following the track to the right along the slot rim. Theres a short slog up and then around to a hikeable, descent down to the wash. This option is steep, kinda loose and rocky, but very doable.
The route then continues in the wash with steep walls on your left. There are fewer rock clusters to contend with and the route is more open.
The Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section ends at an intersection with the Edge Cutoff East.
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