Is it safe to hike Paria Canyon in August

6:24 p.m. on July 14, 2009 (EDT)
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I think I had heard that August was the worst time to hike the Paria because of rain? Does anyone here know about the canyon and hiking?

I want to hike from Lee's Ferry to Tropic below Byrce canyon. How about running water, does water flow down the Paria in the summer?

11:41 a.m. on July 15, 2009 (EDT)
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There's a higher risk of flash floods. See the Weather section under attached link. May consider waiting till October...

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12:59 p.m. on July 15, 2009 (EDT)
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I'll second Will's advice and suggest that you wait till autumn for your hike. July, August and early September are the prime months for the summer rainy season. At this time of the year, violent afternoon and evening thunderstorms are not just possible but likely. Since these may occur at a distance from your location they may not seem like much of a risk. But, if you are in the storms drainage - a wash, or a slot canyon like the Paria, you can be trapped as the water becomes 5-6 feet deep in the matter of a couple of minutes. Also, the weather on the Colorado Plateau in August is hot and humid. Temps can easily exceed 100° with humidity reaching 50%; it can be pretty uncomfortable. October is safer and more comfortable.

1:50 p.m. on July 15, 2009 (EDT)
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Thanks, I thought about it and will wait until maybe late Septmeber to early October to hike it again. I have done the Buckskin Gulch in September.

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