THE BARRACKS (East Fork of the Virgin River)

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The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
The infamous Barracks boulder obstacle! In recent years, water has been flowing over the face of the boulder making for a somewhat treacherous downclimb. BUY PHOTO
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2009 Joe Braun Photography
The boulder obstacle in 2009 with a massive logjam directing all of the water to one side; the pool is front is now a swimmer. BUY PHOTO
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2009 Joe Braun Photography
The boulder obstacle in 2003. It used to be a fairly easy scramble down the boulder into shallow water.
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
Looking down from the top of the boulder obstacle to evaluate the situation! BUY PHOTO
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
If downclimbing the obstacle seems too dangerous, just upstream is the alternative bypass route on the south side of the canyon. BUY PHOTO
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
The top entrance to the bypass cave. You will likely have to take off your pack to squeeze through...
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
A handline can really help with the claustrophobic downclimb.
The Barracks, Upper Parunuweap Canyon photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
Looking back upstream at the boulder obstacle with the bypass shown on the right. It's not obvious that there is a passageway until you have made your way through. BUY PHOTO

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