Big Spring

Last Candition: October 21, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 18, 2020

East and west fork are both dry. Downclimbed everything in the East Fork. For the west fork, we dropped in off of a tree RDC and picked up rope on the way out. We could see red webbing around a bush on the LDC side. I would not rap off of a bush that small. After we rapped in, we used a sand trap for the next rappel since there was no anchor. For the third rappel, there are two deadman anchors. Both are in poor condition. However, we backed them up with meat attached to the rapid links (2- one for each anchor) until the last person down (me). They held. It is a short rappel that could almost be downclimbed, so I did not rely on anchor completely.

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 11, 2019

West Fork of Big Spring Canyon Loop. First rappel had a bolt and two older slings. Left rope in place while looked at second rappel. No anchor. Very old, cut sling in sand. All potholes filled with sand. No rocks in site for anchors, maybe under the sand. Dug down a bit but did not find rocks, might some deeper down. Climbed back up rope on first rappel and back out. Dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 10, 2019

NW Fork

R1: One long webbing anchor over a short pool, down into next slot

R2: Down into chamber with ~1" water (dead snake in here), followed by overhung ~15ft drop

R3: short, awkward rap overhung ~15ft, likely downclimb-able if you're tall enough

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 13, 2016

Completed both west & east forks. West had water to waist deep in couple of spots. Did the "advanced" route for west fork. Very little water in east fork. No raps needed in east fork. Nice downclimbs. More to both forks than expected, especially the numerous arches/windows/bridges in each. In west fork, be sure and continue down canyon after the first opportunity to escape. That's where there's a multi-arch/window feature. Makes for some good photography. Overall these are worthwhile & entertaining canyons to do.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2015

nortwest fork

first rap :do not use the anchor out of the hole ,very marginal ,not safe recommended to built something and clean it at the end or hook!!!

swimmer and second rap the 2 stages was knot chock, pull from stage1 and capture last person in stage 2.we did not go the whole way to be early on the road so only did the corridor part no cow there

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 26, 2015

NW Fork - Dead animal carcass in the middle of the canyon, stinking things up a bit. Thigh deep water at the end. Consider brining 50 feet of webbing to extend anchors and prevent rope grooves.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 13, 2015

The East fork is bone dry. There are lots of pack rat droppings all over. One part is skinnier than I'd expected. No raps needed, but the down climbs may challenge some. I'd bring some kind of hand line type deal at least. We only completed 3/4 of the canyon due to one of the group not enjoying themselves. Still fun and pretty.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2014

NW Fork has one thigh to waist deep pool at the end. Constructed new anchor around sturdy bush at drop in point. Found good existing anchor at other mandatory rap.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 21, 2014

NW Fork

Anchors: First is super solid, second is good but needs another big rock or two on the deadman (or just downclimb), third is good but the webbing needs replacing soon.

Water: Two avoidable pools, one at the base of the rappel/downclimb, avoidable with a body span (or take your shoes off for 10 feet).

Road: Easy for a HC/4WD vehicle.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 21, 2011

East Fork has a thigh deep pool to wade near the end, otherwise dry.