Fluted and Fun. Birch is a technical sidecanyon of Orderville Canyon, and makes a nice day out with family or friends. It is generally beginner-friendly. Birch was a showcase of natural anchor technique, at least it was before some ass bolted it up. Contemplate how YOU would get anchors at each of the many drops, if the bolts were not there.
Descending Birch Hollow and exiting UP Orderville is entirely outside the park and does not require a permit. This has become popular as a straightforward, reasonably short technical day for beginners, and is not uncommon to see guided groups and large self-guided groups in the canyon.
While outside the stringent National Park permit system, the BLM has concerns about disturbance of the endangered Mexican Spotted Owls that reside in the canyon, and a voluntary group size limit of 12 is in place, with a 20 minute gap between groups. Please respect these guidelines.
Birch Hollow enters Orderville Canyon near the top of the Orderville hike, therefore descending Birch and going DOWN Orderville makes for a long day. Most parties will be sated with the lovely rappels of Birch Hollow, and exit up Orderville Canyon, either to fully-capable vehicles at the road end, or with a bit longer hike up to the Orderville Corral next to the North Fork road. Plan on 3-6 hours for Birch, then either 1-1/2 hours to ascend Orderville Canyon, or 6 hours to descend out to the Temple of Sinawava via The Narrows.