Black Hole of White Canyon

Last Candition: June 17, 2011

4.5

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 14, 2017

Full with lots of extended swimming. We swam several very long sections. 4/3 mm good enough.

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

Water is not at full capacity, plenty of cold swims in water filled with mosquito larva. A wet-suit is a must have!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2017

significant water, but not full. lots of deep wading, and some long swims. we were all in 3mm wetsuits and fine. started at 10:30 for warmer conditions.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 20, 2016

Tons of water, lots of swimming. Wetsuits surpisingly not needed, water was warm. However, I would still recommend bringing them as conditions change.

Handline is useful. Special note to the other groups we saw in there: bring a real rope not some small accessory cord...

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 28, 2016

All drops downclimbable with teamwork. 4/3 or warmer wetsuit recommended. LOTS of bugs at the TH. Fun!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 22, 2015

Having done this only 1x before, 4 years ago I cannot rate it anything but a 5. I had been to the entrance a month earlier with water flowing mid-calf deep so with the streambed being dry this time we went in. I think we by-passed a lot of what I swam my first time in. Many of those areas had lots of mud, only some water and until right in the 'real' black hole, there was not much actual swimming.

We had everything from no rubber to 3mm full black suits and everyone came out alive and happy.

Well marked and heavily travelled routes both into and out of the canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 25, 2015

Lots of water & swimming. A section before the actual "Black Hole" part was a subterranean corridor that was a morass of floating debris & difficult to get through - too thick to swim through - too thin to crawl across. After the Black Hole section (long swimmer there) there were still a few more swims, deep wades etc., and shallower wading all the way to the exit. Quite the adventure. Amazingly sculpted rock.

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

Multiple long swims, as always.

Water was relatively clean and cool.

We all brought wetsuits and were glad we did. It was about 90 degrees out.

It took our group of 3 about 4.5 hours car-to-car with a bike shuttle.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2014

A trickle of flow today after heavy rain last night. Canyon full of fresh water. Not as cold as we expected. Comfortable in 4/3 suits on this 70 degree day. Lots and lots of swimming, really really fun. Never rapped, didn't take gear, maybe used a handline twice. Used the narrow canyon exit. The few up climbs were fun and straight forward. Switchback down canyon after the second climb for the easiest route. Truck to road in five and and a half hours then ran up the road (without gear) to retrieve the truck. Great day!

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 31, 2013

Lots of water flowing in White Canyon today. 5-10 cfs? Stay away for at least a day or two.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 15, 2013

Great fun. Our group of seven all used shorty 3/2 wetsuits (except for one girl who gets cold very fast and very easy) and we all loved it. The water was as warm as a pool throughout most of the canyon, with the exception of the black hole section, where we were happy to have the wetsuits.

The slot canyon took us about 7.5 hours (in addition to the many pictures and playtime, we took the first exit and had to rock-climb to get out).

Lots of fun all around.

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

Great conditions. Comfortable with full length 3/2 wetsuit. Hands a little chilled in the first 2 pools, than fine afterwards. Last few pools felt quite warm. Good rope hanging from the log that gives the D/C into the start of the Black Hole. Water level low enough that we were able to swim under the log that was after that. Water pretty fresh. No log soup. Lots of cairns marking the exit.

Entrance trail: there are 2 social trails. Follow the one that goes north. The southbound one cliffs out.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 24, 2013

perfect conditions 3/2 wetsuit ok

dc from a log at entrance easier with handline

before the long cold swim usual 2 old fixed ropes but is a swimmer so possible jumper if you want

bypassed the log soup on the left

4 people ,tons of play in the water 5,5hrs car to car with shuttle

mosquito repellant for no see hum at the end

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2013

Loved this canyon! I have never done it so I can't compare water levels, but it seemed clean and plentiful with many very long swims. The only place with somewhat putrid water was in the black hole proper (which can be bypassed, although it was a very fun swim). There were logs floating in the black hole proper but they were not an issue. The rest of the canyon was clear of log jams. Used a 5mm wetsuit, doubled up 2mm socks, and 3mm gloves. Got a little chilly but not to bad. Can't comment on anchors because we downclimbed everything.

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

Have done this canyon twice, once in May 2012 and now in March 2013. The water was up some from 2012. A boulder or more has fallen and blown apart many rocks in what I would call the rock jump area, a section where two platform rocks came up above a deep hole about half way through the swim section of the canyon. The water was much colder this time around (go figure). I wore a 4mm full with a 2mm shorty, 5mm gloves, 3mm socks (had to share the 2mm socks I wanted to add), and a rain jacket. I got cold, but I think most of it had to do with the slower pace of the group. Had I taken that into consideration, I would have worn 7 or more mm full. There is a new rope for the hand line section off of the log. It connects under the rock at the bottom. Keep your legs to the right on the way down. Many people in our group were messing that up and pinning there legs to the left, expecting the rope to pull loose.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 5, 2012

first time for all three of us. Lots of water and swimming! The mud in the creekbed on the hike down was still wet and slippery from recent rain, even where the sun was shining, all potholes and swims seemed as full as they get. comfortable in drysuits or 4 mil wetsuits.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 16, 2012

The Black Hole was fantastic last weekend! There is a logjam that has a rope tied around it that is very worn (entirely through the sheath). That is the only drop where a rope needs to be left, please consider bringing 30 feet of rope and replacing it. Also, in the Black Hole proper, there is a thick mat of needles and logs, almost thick enough to crawl across. It doesn't cover the entire Black Hole, it just clogs up the swim at the end. Not to worry, the good stuff in that canyon far outweighs the bad.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 26, 2012

The canyon had some flow recently, but it hasn't flashed. Everything is topped off. Lots of swimming and the water is surprisingly warm. Some spots of quicksand- worst was about 3 feet deep. We skipped the log soup section.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 3, 2012

Water levels were pretty low compared to normal, but there were still several cold swims. Some of us wore 3/2 suits and were fine. Black Hole swim was log soup but not a log jam. Was not as stinky as it could have been.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 28, 2011

Fun canyon except for the log debris soup in the last 30-40 yards of the Black Hole. The last 10 feet cannot be gotten through at water level. Very physically difficult section, otherwise the canyon was great.