Big Horn

Last Candition: October 29, 2011


4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2017

Beautiful hike this time of year, temps in the 60's. Used a 200ft rope and pull cord with fiddle stick. On Rap 1 the rope came up a little short but was easily extended with additional webbing, ~40ft was used on rap one (bring lots). There was a bunch of rope groves on rap 2, people should pull the rope from further back and additional grooves will be avoided.

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

Courthouse wash had a few sections of water that were avoidable. Boots did get a collection of muddy sand along the way. The sticker bushes are thick and plentiful, so wear pants.

Got up the boulder field pretty easily by starting in the wash.

Canyon was dry, except for the potholes between the last rappel in the canyon and the short rappel off the front side. Those potholes are avoidable (I missed them last time). We did them this time because they were a fun scramble. The water was avoidable in the potholes.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 13, 2013

Agree with last post, lots of hiking with little payoff - much better canyons to be had in the area. New webbing on the first drop, all anchors were fine. Tunnel was neat though.

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 22, 2012

This was our first time doing Big Horn.

Overall this canyon was not worth the hassle. The hike to the "Tunnel" was uninteresting. The hike up from the tunnel through the boulder field was strenuous. Once at he head of the canyon we set up a retrievable anchor with 80' of new webbing with a 200' pull cord and a binder block with pull cord on the rappel rope. The rope pulled clean but the webbing and pull cord got stuck.

We left a note with information to get the gear back to us but it never panned out. The second rappel was off a sketchy rock anchor. The last rappel had existing webbing but could have been down climbed to the northeast on a log ladder.

Overall it was unrewarding and not worth the loss in gear ($30) and the risky rock pile anchor.

No water. No bolts.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 29, 2011

Courthouse wash recently flash-flooded. A wide swath still covered in slimy mud that was slick as snot. Needs time to dry out.

Found one sling with rapid link around the half dead juniper at the top of the exit canyon. 120 ft to a second anchor, but easily downclimable. The 2nd, tenuous anchor was a sling wrapped in a girth hitch around a small, 2" solution pocket arch and another sling wrapped around a small diameter chockstone wedged into another pocket. They were linked & equalized. Didn't instill confidence but it held. This rap is mostly sloping except for a short 5/6 ft drop off an undercut ledge. 100 ft of rope needed here. 3rd rap is off a built-up group of boulders with multiple slings. Solid enough. After 3rd rap, headed north along sloping ledges to where an 8 ft drop provides access off the slickrock. A slung,small boulder back up from the ledge allows a short rap off now. Overall route more canyon hiking until the final descent out, but very scenic and worth the trip.