Ice Cube Canyon (The Maze)

Last Candition: July 20, 2012

5.0

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

Three of us took 9 hours using a shuttle to the top of Rocky Gap Rd. No flow (or only a trickle at some spots) but the pools were still cold and clear; that shouldn't last too much longer now that the days are getting hotter.

Upper section had full pools and was cold. I wore a 5mm and was comfortable. Friends wore 4/3s and didn't have a problem tolerating it.

Lower section had full pools and was much warmer. 5mm was overkill and the 4/3s were even too much. We all agreed that a 4/3 was probably the best wetsuit for the given conditions.

Last rap had a very small trickle.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 10, 2014

Fantastic canyon. Flow post rainstorm. Lots of cold clear water. Waterfall at last rappel. Anchors in great shape.

9 hrs th to th. No shuttle.

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 1, 2014

Walked through snow and ice to get to the head of the canyon. After heavy rains the day before, the canyon was flowing from the outset and all the way through. 2 people - 12 hours in a natural waterpark. What a beautiful canyon, right up there with Zion's best. There are shiny new bolts on several raps. Last rap out was in a waterfall. Despite the cold temps, we were fine in 4/3 wetsuits all day.

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

Awesome day! The canyon was flowing just a bit. Everything was tip top full. Wetsuits are optional unless you get cold easily. Rocky Gap Road is passable by high clearance 4WD only if you decide to drive to the trailhead. The exit out of the wash going through Ice Box is a little washed out. You'll need to up climb a bit to get out. It's easy enough, so don't think you need to pass it up and look for another way out of the wash. There are lots of bolts in the canyon now. All of the webbing is in great shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2012

"There are a number of new bolted anchor stations"

Not any more.

The "sketchy flake rappel" is probably best done as a meat anchor, and the last person can down climb it, which is quite easy as long as there is someone to assist at the bottom.

Water temperatures are surprisingly still nice this time of year.

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

Went through the maze on Labor Day. Lots of cold water and some flow through most of the drops. The last rappel was awesome with water falling from the 190' drop. It was sweet dropping down through the waterfall! A wetsuit would make the swims more enjoyable and should be advised at this time.

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

Water levels are all still high! Wore shortys but didn't need them, it's only cold in the last couple of pools. Some webbing will need replacement soon, but most anchors are solid. There are a number of new bolted anchor stations which change the dynamic of the canyon, i.e. making it a 3 rating rather than the previous 4 rating for technical difficulty. We appreciated the anchor on the 4th rap, bypassing the ever-sketchy flake rap that was bound to blow at some point, and on the final rap avoiding the "squeeze" but all others just weren't needed! Plenty of natural options. Anyway, still an awesome canyon. Enjoy now while you can.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 21, 2012

Amazing day in The Maze today! We all brought along full length 4/3 wetsuits but since the ambient temps were up today, we ended up not wearing them. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing! Can't think of a better place to be right now in Las Vegas! And thanks to the person(s) who took the time to make the canyon a bit more safer for the rest of us.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 20, 2012

The recent rains have completely filled the maze back to capacity. All pools are now at there highest level. Water temps are at their summer levels. A minimum 3/2 wetsuit advised. A 4/5 would be optimal.