Hidden Star

Last Candition: February 17, 2014

2.5

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

Condition is good. Lots of mosquitoes. Keeper pothole water level is about 4 feet from the top. Would be difficult to climb out. Pack toss made climb out very easy. Swimmer, but rest of canyon is waste deep or less. Canyon is fine, but very short hence the lower rating. You've barely started and it's time to climb back out. Leave wet suit at home. Even the swimmer wasn't overly cold.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 9, 2017

We were looking for a beginner-friendly canyon to practice potholes, and Hidden Star was good for that. We stemmed over the first keeper to stay dry. It looked to be a swim with a possible moderately challenging exit that should yield to beached whale technique and/or a quick boost from a partner.

The second, bigger keeper was almost dry and a relatively easy partner assist. I would estimate the keeper at 8-9 feet deep currently and it would've been much harder with 6 feet of water (full swim with 2-3 foot lip). So be ready to use potshots and/or packtosses to escape.

Don't do this canyon in July. It never slots up and is baking in full sun the entire time. We had to put on gloves so we could touch the rock - HOT!!

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 14, 2016

Two of us hit Hidden Star for the first time. We parked and took the hard way to get to the TH. The anchor was in good shape. We were able to stem and bypass all of the pot holes. The keeper wasn't really in "keeper" condition. It could have been negotiated by swimming to the lip and climbing over. There was an anchor above the keeper. We were able to scramble along the rock face and rap past the keeper. Since this was our first time we bushwacked the exit not realizing there was a trail on the right side of the canyon that would have made it much easier to get out. It was a good learning experience. Cost Vs. Reward for this canyon is more on the cost end for the little amount of technical work you get to do in the slot.

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 27, 2015

Got to the TH and bailed on descending it. The road had been recently graded and was nice...until the snow hit. 4" of snow that morning. Extremely muddy. Got stuck in 4x4 for an hour. Would not recommend taking this road until it drys out a bit. Hidden Star had probably another 2" of snow at the TH. Didn't descend, but expect tip-top conditions with ICE cold water and possibly snow deep inside.

1 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 3, 2015

Road is snow covered but usable. We did the first rap but ascended back up as all potholes are chuck-full of water with a thin layer of ice on them. Canyon walls covered in snow so avoiding potholes was impossible. We removed the webbing on the first rap as it was garbage- bring some with you to set this up. This canyon looks great- it's definitely on the list for a return visit.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 19, 2014

We were able to complete the canyon without getting wet, though there were some places we had to stem over to avoid water. The keeper pothole is dry at the bottom and all that was needed was a simple partner assist. It is brutally hot down there and I recommend getting a very early start.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 17, 2014

Canyon full of cold clean water. Keeper has about a 3-4' lip on it now. Be prepared for pot shot or pack toss to escape. Could be stemmed but high penalty points