Fat Man’s Misery
This canyon is likely the single most remote canyon in the region. Deep in the Parunuweap Wilderness, it is a long way from anywhere and requires a high level of fitness and stamina to do in a single day.
To avoid 6 hours of cross country hiking, we will approach the canyon from the opposite side of the East fork via a riotous 4WD road and spectacular entrance canyon. A mile down the Parunuweap brings us to the mouth of Fat Man’s where we climb up and out of the Barracks canyon to access the upper part of Fat Man’s Misery. This hike will gain approx. 800 feet of elevation (which is part of the misery) and afford a rappelling entrance to the canyon bottom.
The canyon changes from open wash hiking to twisted narrows multiple times over the course of a short distance and features 8-10 rappels up to 40 feet high. The final rappels in the canyon enter a dark and wet grotto with warm spring water and a refreshing swim to the confluence with the Parunuweap river.