Boss Hog

Last Candition: October 15, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 15, 2019

Love this canyon! 5 people; 4.5 hours. Well-described by others here and elsewhere. Road was in fine shape, with just one short sandy hill that was fine in an Outback. Standard exit gully is steeper than I expected.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 30, 2018

Dry. Anchors in good shape. Road in good shape. Almost no snow in the area.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 22, 2018

Completely dry.

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

Dry, anchors in good condition. Awesome canyon as always.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2017

More fun than Hog 2, tons of stemming and fun downclimbs. no water, but some mud. Road was mellow, besides some mud build up in the middle of the road.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 30, 2016

Road out to the Hogs is in good shape. Boss is almost completely dry, all water is avoidable. No snow in the area.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 3, 2016

One short, easily avoidable stretch with water, otherwise dry. Webbing looked good. Fun canyon. More physical than anticipated but nothing too hard.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 18, 2016

Bone dry. Webbing in good condition. Super fun canyon in ideal dry conditions.

The road was in pretty good shape. I took a Honda Accord, and only scraped once. I took a shovel and dug out a sandy spot halfway in.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 14, 2015

Only a little avoidable, minor water in a spot or two. Anchors okay. A good challenge and great workout. Not quite as difficult as Razorback in our estimate. Took 3 of us about 4 hours from vehicle park, down Boss and back up to the head of Hog 2. Actual time in Boss was 2.5 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 28, 2014

Canyon was dry, not even any puddles, all anchors were in great condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 25, 2014

Canyon is in great shape. Anchors and bollards in good condition, lots of fine sand from ongoing wind events makes things slick. Can handline down marginal entrance drywall from bollard. Exit gully was, as expected, the riskiest part of the day with fall potential and objective hazards.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 22, 2014

Dry. Anchors in good shape. The floor may have gotten lower in the squeezy middle section. We didn't go down there (too narrow), but it seemed farther away than it was a few years ago.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 27, 2012

The road coming from the West is usable for high clearance 4WD only.

Boss Hog is dry and there is only one piece of webbing in the entire canyon, located at the only mandatory rappel. It is in good shape.

The webbing is wrapped around a huge boulder above a chute. Please consider extending that anchor down the chute to prevent rope grooves. It will take about 25 feet of webbing and make your rope pull a lot easier.

The standard exit was very hot. The sun shines directly into the exit and radiates from the walls on both sides. It was probably 120-130 degrees with no shade. Do not do this canyon in the summer!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2012

The dirt-road from highway 276 is very haggard from the winter. There are a lot of areas only passable with a high clearance vehicle. Our group tried to get there in a Honda Civic and we were thus forced to stop and make camp less than half-way to the trail head, which required an additional 1.7 miles for the approach hike, (3.4 round trip) and left us with enough time for just the one canyon descent.

The technical sections of the canyon were completely dry with the exception of about 2 inches of water near the end that was easily avoided.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 15, 2011

The road out to the Hogs parking area remains rough and in poor condition. A high clearance vehicle is recommended and perhaps 4WD. There is soft sand at the beginning of the road and several deep ruts running on one side or the other.

Hog I has been scoured pretty clean this summer. The marginal entrance is now free of sand and down to bare rock making it an easy entrance. Rockfall in the middle of the canyon has created some false bottoms. The lower portion of the canyon has traditionally been walking through narrow corridors. That area has also been scoured and is now tedious foot grabbing V-slots. The canyon had no standing water, but had sections of slick mud.

The west gully exit is also scoured down to bare rock in many places making the hike out sidewalk-like. There are many short walls of dirt, rock, and debris that have the potential to be unstable. In general, I would say this exit isn't as treacherous as in the recent past, but still requires great care.