THE RIGHT FORK OF NORTH CREEK (Top-Down Canyoneering Route)

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Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
Route-finding excitement in the rugged Zion wilderness...
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
Once up on the bypass ridge, the hiking is temporarily easier with wonderful open views.
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
Approaching the end of the ridge, we will soon hike down into the valley on the right.
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
We head down the little slickrock wash affectionately known as the Giant Staircase.
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
Soon enough, we come to a spot that looks like a completely vertical drop...
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
"Holy sh*t!!! We have to go down that?"
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2019 Joe Braun Photography
We carefully make our way down the steep little slickrock chute...
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
...and then exit left to a sandy manzanita hill that parallels the chute.
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
Following the brushy drainage downhill until it ends gets us into a crack overlooking the Right Fork. Then we back up a bit and traverse right over a large slickrock slab and...
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
...we find our way onto this convenient ramp that takes us down to only a few feet above the canyon.
Right Fork of North Creek photo (Zion National Park) -- © 2018 Joe Braun Photography
A short rap off a tree gets us down to the floor of the Right Fork.

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