Time (Round Trip): 3-4 hours.
Distance (Round Trip): 1.5 miles.
4 Rappels up to 50 ft.
Per the description in Michael Dallin's Ouray Canyoning guidebook, "Lower Angel Creek is one of the prettiest and most accessible canyons near Ouray. With beautiful waterfalls and many shallow idyllic pools, the canyon is a joy to descend... [and] is suitable for beginners as long as they're watched over by experienced canyoneers."
Jordan and I plan to do Lower Angel Creek as a warm-up canyon Thursday afternoon while we acclimate to the elevation. We'll arrive in Ouray early afternoon, check in at the registration tent, and then head to the Amphitheater campground to grab a campsite. Assuming the weather cooperates, we'll plan to depart from the campground at 3 pm sharp to drive to the trailhead. While this may sound like a pretty late start, last year the two of us did Lower Angel in under 3 hours, car-to-car, and sunset's not until 8 pm so while we'll bring headlamps just in case (as always), there should be plenty of time to finish before dark.
We'd be happy to open this trip to 3-4 trained/experienced/self-reliant canyoneers who are looking for a good "Intro to Ouray" canyon on Thursday afternoon. (Among Ouray Canyons, Lower Angel Creek ranks in difficulty only above the Ivan's Tail route of Portland Creek.) First-timers to Ouray/class C canyons welcome.
We will have rope & webbing. Required personal gear (minimum): helmet, harness, rappel device, safety tether with locking carabiner, headlamp, wetsuit/splashtop (or other appropriate wet canyon attire), and appropriate footwear.
About me: I've been canyoneering since 2003, although relatively infrequently compared to Westerners since I live in the Flatlands (Indiana). I've descended canyons in Utah (Zion, North Wash, Escalante), Arizona, California, Colorado, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, including dozens of 3C canyons, as well as up to 4C-R (Cascade Creek). I've taken ACA Technical and Advanced courses and had some Canyon Leader training. Also trained in cave rescue (NCRC Level 1), swiftwater rescue (TSRA), and wilderness first aid (SOLO).