Black Box

Last Candition: April 21, 2012


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

Did upper black box. Amazing canyon. Had wetsuits but didn't need them. Mostly wading with a couple short swims. Group of 4 took about 6 hours for the longer route

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 1, 2014

Did the Upper Black Box on Labor Day using the short route. The chain anchors are gone--bolts pulled--and we used the existing webbing around a chockstone just below the old chain anchor. The San Rafael was running at 12-14 CFS, air temp was 85F, and conditions were perfect. The only really difficult mud was just before and after the long swimmer at the end.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 29, 2014

For both times we have done this we enter via the route that requires a 90' or so rappel. Love that scrambly approach then one rap.

Flow was 9 cfs the day we did it but had been over 300 cfs 3 weeks before, near time of our original planned date.

Lots of swimming and floating, no mud at all (in June 2013 the canyon bottom was almost all 6-18" deep mud).

Water in the channel below the log was shallow, only about 1/3 the length of the channel required a swim, the rest was walkable.

Lots of photos here

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 17, 2014

It was flowing at 20 cfs when we did it. Road was in pretty good condition. Be careful with speed once past the campground. We encountered flat tires. The canyon was a great time. Good temps all around. The log and walls in the area of the log were completely jumpable. Great time!

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 11, 2013

Long drive out there. The last 13miles takes a good 30minutes at least.

The water out there was about 20cfs and running nicely! We did the shortcut route - and the rap from the lower bolts was about 150ft.

There was LOTS of swimming and quite a bit of mud. We climbed on top of the logs and did a few backflips and such. Well deep enough to do it. Always check depth before jumping. Took 3 people using the shortcut 4 1/2 hrs.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 17, 2013

Very low water flow. Lots of post holing in mud. A few swimmers. Hand line was still there right after the direct route.

Anchored off the large Juniper at the top. Webbing anchor back in notch is still good. Three loops in all with a ring. Bolts on the face looked solid as well. It was just easier to go all the way from the top on the same rope and come back and pull it after your done.

Water was SUPER warm. Only a few swimmers. Lots of dead crawdads though.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 8, 2013

Upper Black Box - Fun! Very little flow, lots of mud. The water is too shallow to jump from the logs at the end. I didn't wear a wetsuit, but my wife wore her 3/2. The water was like a swimming pool. 4 rating due to lots of knee deep mud.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 21, 2012

There are some new anchors for the short route. they are placed about 15ft above the old ones with chains. It makes the rappel a little over 200 ft. come prepared with enough rope. A group after ours didn't have enough and a girl defended blindly and got stuck. additionally, the water this time of year was PERFECT! the water was as clear as it will ever be, it was low, and the rappel was spectacular!