Short & Sweet.
Pipe Spring is an interesting little canyon in an unusual location, out near Lava Point, next to the MIA Route. It is at a higher altitude than most canyons, and well-shaded, thus is good when it is too hot elsewhere. Admittedly, the 2-mile, 900-foot of gain exit will discourage many people.
We had admired the slot from the bottom for many years, and I finally decided to drop it from the top in October 2009. Not every day does one get to do a 'new' canyon in Zion, but that was one of those days. Pipe Spring is near the top of the MIA Exit, a rugged, backcountry route which can be used to exit Kolob Canyon after descents of Kolob, Oak Creek and Boundary Canyon. The exit includes the top half of the MIA, then the hike back up to the West Rim Trailhead.
Because the canyon is rarely done, bring plenty of webbing and rings to re-rig many of the anchors. The approach and the canyon are on MIA Camp land (private land), though on the edge of the actively used area. You are a guest on the Camp's land; be a good guest.
Most people will choose to do the Upper section of the canyon, which has the best pay to play ratio, and makes for a fine moderate day out, 5 to 6 hours for most parties. People who have not done the MIA exit might use this to familiarize themselves with the terrain for an upcoming Boundary or Kolob trip. The section below the midpoint has some good scenery, but adding the lower half of the MIA exit is an unfortunate penalty for completing the canyon.
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