Hidden in Plain Sight.
Observation Point Canyon is a fun adventure, a canyon many people SEE (from the East Mesa Trail and Observation Point), but few have descended. Not destined to be a classic, but a good day out with a bunch of long rappels. It faces south, so it IS oven-like in hot weather, but in cooler weather, a pretty nice canyon.
Overall, not too scary and pretty clean, but be ready for extensive downclimbing in the middle section, and building your own anchors. The last 300 foot rappel beside the Weeping Rock wall takes some special attention as well.
It is important to get the correct point to rappel in. Rappel too high in the canyon, and you will end up in a steep, bushy gully. Rappel too low, and the drop is longer than 300 feet. There is a good place to rap in just downcanyon of a shallow corner, which raps down into a sparse clump of trees. Make a good effort to find this exact spot.
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