FKT: Spencer McCullough - Capitol Reef Four Canyon Loop (UT) - 2021-03-28

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5h 4m 32s
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This route is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever run! I carried 3 liters of water and two Clif Bars (only ended up eating one) but I finished most of the water.

Sulphur Creek had a good amount of water crossings. I lost time taking my shoes off and trying to navigate the deeper ones barefoot. Ended up falling and soaking all my stuff, so I put my wet shoes on and continued. Looking back I wouldn’t have taken my shoes off (or maybe run that segment in water sandals), because they dried within 2-3 miles. 

There is one swim in Sulphur Creek. It’s pretty short but the water was about 5 feet deep and frigid.

Definitely spend a lot of time going over the map, and maybe hiking so segments first. The Cassidy Arch trailhead is pretty hidden and I would have missed it if I didn’t hike the beginning the day before. I got lost a few other times and probably lost 15ish minutes from that. 

The river at the end is strong but narrow and about waist deep. It’s a half mile from the start/end so I just jumped in with my shoes on and splashed my way to the end. 

The entrance to the Grand Wash is pretty big so I used the brown Grand Wash as my start and end point. 


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Rad! Awesome effort Spencer! Fun to see people getting out on this one! It was one of my favorites to scout and put together!