Jyjor's Canditions

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 9, 2018

It hasn't rained there in the last week so the water is a little lower than the previous candition.

4 potholes were about 2 feet below the lip and may require partner assists or pack tosses to get out. And there is that one pothole right before the first long hallway that always seems to be empty but you can stem over it.

There's always lots of debris, but no sections to crawl through right now.

We packed out a rope and carabiner from a previous group. If they are yours, let me know and I'll get them back to you.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 20, 2018

The road there is pretty rough getting out of Iron Wash. High clearance recommended.

Fairly low water levels and when we had to get in the water it felt refreshing. One of four people brought wetsuits and we were all perfectly fine. The semi-keeper was waist deep.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 20, 2018

Road out there was in decent condition. My small suv was able to make it just fine.

The only water in the canyon was below the boulders at the top of the lower section. You'd have to backtrack to even see it so completely avoidable.

At the skinny crux someone scratched two arrows pointing up into the wall. I splashed a little water on each and rubbed to at least get rid of the discoloration but they'll likely be there forever. Disappointing.

To whoever did this, I imagine you were trying to be helpful but please don't damage the canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 19, 2018

Lots of sand on the roads on the way there. One unavoidable waist-deep pool. Very hot on the exit. Lots of rocks for the final anchor. Webbing in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 16, 2015

Small trickle of flowing water from beginning to the end.

It is possible, with a little ingenuity, to avoid all water deeper than knee deep. Because of this, we did not need wetsuits.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 15, 2015

Flowing water from the rain earlier in the day. Absolutely beautiful. We swam more than we walked.

The additional rappel mentioned in a previous comment can be down climbed through the debris. It looks harder from the top than it is. Or you can just use the glue-in ring that's there. Note that there is no rapide in the ring (and it's too thick to fit one on), so it may get worn through now that it is being used regularly.

I had a 4/3 full and was okay in my core. I had 2mm neo socks and my feet were numb by the end of the technical section. One in our group had a 3mm shorty and was very cold.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 15, 2015

Flowing water from the rain earlier in the day - best possible conditions for this canyon. I had a 4/3 full and was perfectly fine.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 22, 2014

Dry, anchors are in good condition. Road is in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 22, 2014

Dry, anchor is in good condition. Road is in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 12, 2014

Beautiful canyon, very skinny. Lots of rank potholes, mud, etc. No swimming, though.

Temps were perfect for the exit hike and it is beautiful. I enjoyed the hike out almost as much as the canyon itself.

There was an RV at the trailhead so you could probably get a passenger vehicle down there.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2014

Mudfest but an absolute blast. Several waist deep, debris filled pools. Lots of mud on the walls so it gets slippery at times. We cut out a lot of bad webbing.

High clearance vehicles required to get to the trailhead and exit.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 10, 2014

Did the West fork through the Ralston narrows and out Horseshoe Canyon. If I could do it again I'd do a different fork besides the West.

In the Ralston narrows were a couple of waist deep pools. The rappel had new webbing. The hike temperature was perfect. Great time to be in there. Don't miss the petroglyphs - they are the best part of this hike.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2014

We used a shuttle vehicle and avoided the climb from weeping rock. Death Gully was dry.

The canyon was pretty full and the lake was a few hundred feet long. We stayed to the right (RDC) and only had to swim for about 100 feet at the end.

At the top of the Mystery Springs rappel the heavens opened so we quickly sought shelter and waited out a small flash flood. When we started down again, the last of us were climbing down and there was a small landslide right where we had been waiting for the last hour. If you have to wait out a flash flood, in addition to seeking higher ground, also check make sure there is little evidence of prior landslides where you are hunkering down.

Because of the flood, the bottom of the Mystery Springs rappel is a swimmer/water disconnect and there's one more swimmer after that.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 19, 2014

Completely full - bring a wetsuit. All anchors are in great condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 18, 2014

All potholes were full, so there are several swimming sections. All rigging was in good condition. Wetsuits were unnecessary - the water in this canyon is warmer than in other canyons.

We hiked out at the hottest time of day but only did so because there was enough cloud cover to make it bearable.