Johnson Arch Canyon (Snow Canyon)

Last Candition: October 12, 2013


4 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 23, 2021

Group of 4. 4 hours starting from Snow Canyon viewpoint trailhead. Water was all avoidable (including rap 2). Rap 3 was dry and last rap (4) was dry too. Decent easy "canyon".

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 25, 2020

Pretty great conditions all things considered. Water is easily avoidable until the fourth rappel but it was hip deep on me and I’m 5’5”. Couple other spots you have to walk through water about ankle deep. Chilly but on a warm day is totally lovely. Sat in the sun before the final rappel to warm up and dry off.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 25, 2019

After the big rains that followed 150+ dry days, all pools are now full. I estimate 10 pools, including at all rappels. Most knee to hip deep, one to chest deep. No swimmers. One of us used a 3/2 wetsuit and one a dry suit, so we were comfortable.

The stepover access at 4200 is now completely closed. Not only is there no parking, there is chain link in front of the stepover. Some intel is that the established private owner NORTH of the old stepover may allow canyoneers to quickly cross the property to the access road, but this is not confirmed. Official guidance is to use Chuckwalla trailhead.

Difficult rope pull on final rap, if not before.

Default_avatar_thumb bbm
5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 26, 2019

Canyon was completely dry. Webbing and bolts in great condition. The final rope pull didn’t stick at all. Great day!

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 17, 2018

2 of us in 2 1/2 hrs from car to car. Bolts in good condition but the last rap is continuing to develop deep grooves. Perhaps someone could remove the bolts underneath the top bolt, and re-rig it at the top for a better pull? Pretty please. A rope groove does NOT need to be here.

Water was chest deep at the penultimate rap and the rap before. Today the wetsuits for needed...brr...

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 30, 2017

Bolts and webbing in good condition. Unavoidable water at the bottom of R4, but very shallow. No wetsuits. No trouble pulling on R5 or R6. Great little canyon. Loved the easy approach and exit.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 11, 2017

only one pool - knee deep

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 1, 2017

Both pools were about waist deep, no need for a wetsuit. All anchors were in good condition.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 23, 2017

Number of raps varies between sources so this is based on using RoadTripRyan. Rap 2 with the 2-stage drop can be entirely avoided by swinging right and working down canyon below the two pools of moderate depth water. Rap 3 is a little tricky to find the bolts. You have to climb left up and over a shelf, down a crack with a shrub, then around a broader rib to drop into another crack and then locate the bolts. Rap 4 into the pool after the basalt boulder. Water there was only a wader but looked to be worse. Rap 5 took us into a skanky, long pool that was to stomach level with very soft mud underfoot. Water at bottom of the final rap was minimal & avoidable. A little mud. Not much real down-climbing in this canyon but the last two raps are very scenic.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 12, 2016

Forecast highs of 67F made for perfect weather. Great conditions. Mandatory water was knee deep. Penultimate rappel was dry. Final rap is about 170 feet, not 200 like some sites state. 5 hours car to car with 4 noobs.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 28, 2016

Anchors in great shape. First couple of raps can easily be down climbed or alternate route used.

Penultimate 100' rap has a nasty wedged stone that eats rope, about 20' from bottom. Pulling up canyon side then climbing down works well.

Waist deep water in a spot or two. Wetsuits optional.

Last rap pulls fine, just keep your ropes separated. No water at the bottom, so you can change up high to avoid the crowds.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 13, 2016

A quick fun route for some "urban canyoneering". 3 hours from to car to car with 4 people (2 noobs). They loved it.

The approach isn't difficult at all but take your time and look at Google Earth before you go. It will be worth it.

All anchors are bolted and are in good condition. The 3rd rap (the the 140ft+ one) made for a easy rope pull if you pull it from the north wall compared to the southern wall (where the drainage wants to put you).

2nd and 3rd rap we ran into thigh deep water. 4th rap was neck deep for about 15feet. Wetsuits would be nice but I don't think necessary.

Btw, if you get the rope stuck on the last rap, you can climb to the canyon that is adjacent to the north and walk back up to the top with a little struggle (talked to a guy who did this). Passing on info.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 20, 2014

All anchors in good condition. 83 temps no wetsuits needed. The two pools were at best waist deep, feel around for the sand bars. For 3 of us first time down 4 hrs from car to car. Super fun. Amazing last rap!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 12, 2013

All anchors and webbing in good condition. Weather was perfect. We avoided the first couple rappels by down-climbing or going around. Knee high water in the third-to-last rappel. Chest high water at the bottom of the second-to-last rappel. We took special care to place the pull rope before the last man on the final (170ft) rappel and it pulled much easier than my last time through when we didn't place it carefully. Great canyon!