High Spur

Last Candition: October 13, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 19, 2020

One shin deep wade. Dry otherwise. 85 foot rap at the end had solid webbing around a boulder. I downclimbed everything else, but some in our party had to rap a couple of times using me as meat. Be aware that not every drop has anchors, and not every downclimb is simple. Exit after the 85 foot drop is class 4+ near the top/rim. Those that aren't climbers may want to be belayed or assisted with a handline.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 2, 2020

Completely dry, not one drop of water. Though I personally think this canyon is more interesting with water and hot weather.

We down climbed all but the final rappel so we did not inspect previous anchors...that are mostly for handlines/beginners. The anchor at the final drop is solid, with webbing slung around boulders. The webbing is in good shape. The anchor placement is slightly awkward for starting the rap--but it is probably in the best location and provides a relatively clean pull.

Roads to trailhead and to the shuttle spot are dry and in good shape. They are rocky after the Hans Flat Ranger Station so a 4x4 or at least high clearance vehicle is required.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 9, 2019

"Dry and anchors are fine. Roads are as good as can be expected."

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 19, 2019

Dry as a bone, re-built the anchor at the last rappel. Webbing handline on one dryfall is in poor condition, but is relatively easily downclimbed by the tall and/or experienced. No anchor at the dryfall in roughly the middle of the canyon, also a relatively easy downclimb. Road is manageable in a high clearance vehicle, but might take some patience.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 22, 2019

The canyon is dry. Anchors good

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 23, 2019

Amazing scenery in this canyon! Road condition was good as good can be past the Rangers Station. I think it could be done easily in a Suburu Crosstrek. I have a VW Touareg and we had no issue on the road. We got lucky with cool temps for this time of year (65-78). The canyon has flooded recently (probably earlier this week) and it is as full as it can be, but still warm. Water had alot of rotting pine needles floating in it. The water has attracted lots of mosquitos. Anchors are in good condition. Definitely a canyon worth doing. No swims. One chest deep wade. Lots of wades from knee-waist deep.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 3, 2019

The deepest water had a hand line to get down in and was a wade that came up to the belly button, but if it rains recently, I could see that being either a much deeper wade or potentially including a short swim due to the rockfall that creates the pool. Sun was shining down onto the water at several points and so made for slightly voice elevating water temps but everything was short and the weather was warm enough to remain comfortable. No need for a wetsuit even for cold-prone folks. The water was all clean (brown but no organics) and it has been raining quite a bit in the area this last few weeks; all the ground around is well saturated so if there’s storms, it’ll run off more readily.

The anchors were all in good condition.

Obviously, really really remote canyon, outside the NPS boundary, so as always, be safe and capable of self rescue!

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.