Arscenic Canyon, Poison Spring

Last Candition: June 2, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 17, 2020

Poison springs was insanely crowded. Fortunately, we arrived late and the last group ahead of us was just finishing the rap into Arscenic when we arrived. Canyon was dry. Downclimb to the canyon prior to the first rap was not obvious. We used a sandy hill LDC- not sure if that was correct. Anchor webbing for the rap was in good shape. Arch on the exit was a cool and unexpected feature.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 9, 2020

I'd forgotten just how beautiful and fun this canyon is. Fixed a long rope for the initial rappel and downclimbed everything else. You can avoid a lot of the sand slog on the exit by remaining on the slickrock close to the rim. Dry, as usual.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2019

The canyon was completely dry--not even a small puddle. Anchor at the first rap is off a very large block with two separate webbing slings around it for some redundancy. Both pieces were in good condition, though I had to redo the water knot in one webbing and the other sling has an unnecessary knot for a "focal point." All-in-all, though, the anchor was in good shape.

We down climbed the other raps so I did not inspect those anchors.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 13, 2019

Canyon is completely dry and the anchor is in good condition. My 200ft rope was perfect for the first rappel.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 12, 2017

From a newbie to canyoneering: Beautiful quick 3-stage rappel was fun. 2nd part had an awkward foot hold to help rappel assist but I couldn't utilize it, kind of awkward. Anchors in good condition. There is a lot of downclimbing so be ready and psych up. No water in potholes at the time. Also stemming so maybe don't bring a full pack or climb higher. Hike out past the Arch was rad and basically straight up the rock face. Took two rad friends with tons of camera breaks ~7 hrs total.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 23, 2017

Fun, beautiful canyon with frequent little downclimbing challenges. Rains earlier in the week made the water belly-deep or less in a couple of spots. Even on a 70-degree day we were fine without wetsuits. One guy avoided all water with some work. Left rope at first drop and rope retrieval at end simple. Road in pretty good shape. Four people about 4 hours with waiting for another group.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 24, 2017

Dry, not a drop of water, nice canyon and pretty easy. Leave your 200ft rope and pick it up on the way back.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 12, 2016

Dry. People seem to be leaving set hand-lines in a lot of canyons these days instead of learning how to down climb with partner assist, the Poison Spring trio no exception. All rap anchors in good condition / easy rope pulls. Using an exit directly across from the bottom of Constrychnine (which we affectionately call the Barnyard Bypass) allows ample time to combine Arscenic, Constrychnine and Slideanide into a one day adventure. Roads just graded. Lots of people doing these canyons...

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2016

Very nice canyon! Done in four hours with a group of eight. The one anchor was in good shape, only one small puddle of water. Biggest problem was the ~15 cars at the trailhead. Was there a convention I didn't know about?

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 19, 2016

Completed the route trail head to trail head in 3.5 hours with two of us, no water in the canyon. Canyon is a little rough on the clothing and gear, don't wear your latest canyon fashions on this route. Easy route navigation.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 23, 2016

The road to Arscenic was in good condition. I think any car could do it. The approach to the canyon was dry and sandy. There were areas that were north facing that had some slight skiff of crusty snow. Once in the canyon there was no snow and it was totally dry. We didn't see any water. We wore layers and were warm. We used a 196 ft rope on the first rapell and left it there to avoid more grooves in the rock. The webbing on the first rapell was I good condition and the others looked older but I didn't inspect any since we didn't use them. This is a GREAT winter canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2015

Dry, anchors good, road good.

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: November 14, 2014

Completely dry, anchor in good shape.

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

Road was fine for cars all the way to the trailhead. Webbing on initial drop from boulder has 1 newer purple sling backing up a light colored pieces of webbing tied together in a slight mess. Just barely OK enough that we decided to not redo it. You might consider re-rigging it though. The rest of the canyon was fantastic and completely dry except for 1 area with some wet sand.

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

Road out to Poison Springs easy for a 2WD. Currently one small pool, avoidable if you can pull off a whopping 20 foot stem. Webbing on the rap looks new. Beautiful canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 31, 2013

always one of my favorites. Cruised the technical section in about a half hour. The exit is a bit snowy, instead of following the normal route in snow, stay lower and then head up towards arch. We then stayed hard left and followed the rim to retrieve our rope. Be prepared to tromp in snow on the exit. The canyon held only some here and there.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 2, 2013

Canyon is completely dry; replaced the webbing of the 60m rap.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2013

Pulled off a hat trick in poison spring: constrictnine, arscenic, slidenide....and finished the day in zero g. Small wades and a bit of in poison spring canyons. Nasty pull in the first rap series in arscenic. We rapped the first 60ft and reset the rappel for an easier pull. Webbing acceptable in all canyons. 7.25hrs for all 3 poisons springs canyons. We discovered numerous escapes on to the bench that saved lots of time

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 27, 2013

Arscenic is dry.

The road in from 95 is in good shape and accessible to passenger cars, my little Kia Spectra had no problems.

The gnats were out for a couple of hours around sunset and drove us crazy.

The anchor for the initial 200' rap was solid and in good shape.