High Spur

Last Candition: October 13, 2011

4.2

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 14, 2016

From the suggested start at the Deadman road intersection, there's a well-established trail to either fork. We continued to the further fork. All of the upper 2/3rds of the canyon was dry. Very little water in the lower section & no more than knee deep. The upper sections we did not find all that interesting. No technical challenges to speak of. Lots of wash walking & a few photogenic places. The best part & certainly most interesting is the corkscrew section lower down. Best photography there. Just before the last rap, there's one other descent that's hard to determine from above if down-climbable so we found an anchor setup there & used. It could be down-climbed with some risk. Used a nice campsite about 50 yards before the old drill hole site that accommodates 2 vehicles & has a shade juniper and rock outcrop to help block northerly winds.

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

Wow! A truly stunning and fun canyon. Road to the ranger station was fine, but the road from there was very rough in spots and took 50 minutes of careful driving in a 4WD with decent clearance. Not possible with a low clearance vehicle, and wouldn't want to try without 4WD right now. Canyon had multiple swims, and many pools were filled with juniper debris.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 29, 2015

Water and mud up to knee deep. Easy, easy, easy.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 12, 2015

Great road up to ranger station after usual Rocky 4wd.canyon great water up to chest first rap oldjammed log but is DC with partner assist. Few DC could be rap but no webbing. Another longdc spot Lamar.final mandatory rap chockstone 2 goodwebbing and quick link check webbing at the pinch but overall good easy start

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 30, 2015

The upper canyon is bone dry. First down climb had waist deep water that went for 40 feet. Second down climb had chest deep water that quickly went over our head. Required swimming for about 150 feet. Water was cold but wetsuits not necessary. Anchor for exit rappel was solid. I found one move on the exit crack to be a tad over 4th class. Maybe I'm weenie. Party of three. 4.5 hours in the canyon and 2 hours to get back to the car.

I don't recommend spotting a vehicle beyond the trailhead. The road is pretty rough. You can hike it faster than the 4x4 can carry you. As noted in other posts this canyon is very beginner friendly. The corkscrew is stunning but don't go looking for a challenge.

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

Reading the prior Candition report, we were prepared to be turned around by water. We left a new handline over the first interesting downclimb. To our great surprise, there was never more than ankle deep mud anywhere.

The next-to-last rap anchor (girth around log) should be replaced. It's a very long anchor (50' + ) so plan accordingly.

The last rap at 83 feet is really a 20-foot walk down and a 60-foot easy free hang. Clip in to the double anchor and slide over, stand up and go.

Be prepared for loose rocks on the climb out - stay to the right. The 4th-class section is easier with a climber lowering a handline.

Very beautiful canyon - however I would say a very beginner-friendly canyon with more walking and sculpted walls, than downclimbs and difficult raps.

I STRONGLY recommend spotting a vehicle to save you a 3.5 mile hike back to the trailhead.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 5, 2014

Canyon is beautiful and dry from the top to the first major down climb/ slide, which we handlined. That drops into a really cold short swimmer followed by a stretch of knee and ankle deep water with sticky mud at the bottom. Great conditions until halfway or so through the corkscrew, where the recent massive storms have dumped neck deep water at least, where I aborted and turned back. I could see water winding down canyon and beyond my sight, and things were just getting deeper and deeper. It seems very dangerous to swim to the final DC and Rap without wet or dry suits, unless you have major guts and have been before so you know the distance.

Hypothermia will be a real possibility for anyone who goes all the way through without cold water protection in the coming months.

Otherwise stunningly gorgeous and fun canyon.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 4, 2014

Upper slot dry until swimmer at the first rappel. After, knee deep in places. We turned back and got out of canyon about half way into corkscrew to avoid more possible swimming. We didn't see the last two rappels.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 21, 2014

As noted. Fantastic as usual, and the corkscrew section seriously deserves carrying a good camera down with you. Recommended for a long fun technical stroll.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 12, 2014

The roads out there are newly bladed but still require hc4wd in my opinion. The canyon was almost completely dry. Only water seen was ankle deep in the corkscrew. Anchors are in good shape with new webbing, even if a bit brightly colored(red, blue, orange and silver).

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 13, 2013

Great conditions. The corkscrew was completely dry. Anchors (two options) at final drop were in good condition

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 24, 2012

Nice canyon, though it's a walk through until the end where it gets fun. Water up to my knees. Anchor's in good shape. Enjoy!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 4, 2012

Fantastic canyon! Anchors in great shape, water up to the waist. Did as shuttle to avoid ~2 miles of road walking on the return.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 19, 2012

Chest deep water near the end of the canyon after the semi-keeper pothole (pothole was dry). Was cold and stinky water, but no wetsuit needed. We rappelled four times, though I understand some can downclimb all but the last rap. We had one vehicle so spotted it at the end of the climb out of the canyon then road-walked to the start of the canyon. Total time was just under seven hours, which included a lot of dawdling and photo-taking.

2 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 24, 2012

Unexpected WATER and MUD!! Total hike 5 hours 45 minutes with car shuttle. 1 hour car ride from Granary Springs to trailhead. Rough road.

Mid-canyon down-climb was super easy without protection, but a fixed hand-line was setup.

Dry semi-keeper pothole in The Corkscrew area, partner assist.

A rockfall has made a dam near the end of the corkscrew resulting in a 200 foot long section of possible chest deep wading and 30 feet of swimming. The water line is high and obvious. We experienced 30 feet of crotch-deep water and 100 feet of deep, stinky, mud.

The last rappel: 4 janky anchors.

The exit crack is almost immediately on the right. This section has loose rock and 10 feet of exposed class 4.

Make sure to place your shuttle vehicle around 2.5 miles from the trailhead at the west end of the minor hill to optimize your shuttle support and make it easy to spot on the hill.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 22, 2012

There is waist deep mud and water for about 15 ft in the corkscrew section.

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

Very long, cold swim still exists. Wetsuit needed.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 13, 2011

Bone dry until the corkscrew. Full of water from the small natural bridge to the collapsed wall. Swimming and wading, wetsuits and dry bags recommended. Anchor good.