Slideanide Canyon, Poison Spring

Last Candition: May 29, 2011

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5 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 31, 2017

Bone Dry, I downclimbed the whole thing except the chokstone rap at the end.

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

It CAN be done without rope!

Pass the entry rappel and walk around the rim to the other side of the canyon, RDC, until it's *obvious* you can safely climb in. There are some sharp boulders, but if it looks scary going in you haven't walked around far enough.

We just brought webbing for a handline for the chockstone rap near the end, but someone had left a handline there.

Bone dry. Road could be done in a Prius except for one deep, soft rut.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2017

One small and easily avoidable pothole at the end. Otherwise, dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 24, 2017

Totally dry. It's possible to downclimb everything with skill but some of the downclimbs are 20+ ft. long and challenging. The trickiest one you could squeeze under a boulder if you are very skinny (5'9 125lb), and use friction to get down without a handline. To go over would make it hard to safely get back into the tight area. Most people could do the whole canyon with a 30 ft handline in a couple places. Rappelling (except maybe #1?) and harnesses are unnecessary unless someone is new and terrified. I hooked a sling to my belt loops to dangle my pack and spare my harness.

We think the first rappel might be avoidable by walking around to the RDC side, but we rappelled in the 2 times I've done it.

This is one of my favorite short canyons. It's skinny and has SO much fun stemming and downclimbing.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: December 28, 2016

Snow at the top, use the alternate entrance. Canyon is dry. Slight amount of snow on the exit, but not a problem.

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

Dry. People seem to be leaving set hand-lines in a lot of canyons these days instead of learning how to down climb with partner assist, the Poison Spring trio no exception. All rap anchors in good condition / easy rope pulls. Using an exit directly across from the bottom of Constrychnine (which we affectionately call the Barnyard Bypass) allows ample time to combine Arscenic, Constrychnine and Slideanide into a one day adventure. Roads just graded. Lots of people doing these canyons...

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2016

Good times in the canyon! Anchors in pretty good shape, replaced one. No water at all. My gear definitely looks like some sliding happened, but it was worthwhile. TH-to-TH in five hours with five people, not moving very fast.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 19, 2016

Road to trail head was very good. Completed the route trail head to trail head in 5 hours with two of us after doing Arsenic. No water in the canyon. Canyon is a very rough on the clothing and gear, don't wear your latest canyon fashions on this route. Had a little trouble finding the canyon entrance. We would have wandered for a while without GPS.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 9, 2015

Great canyon, anchors are all good, no water, road was perfect. Good day

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 26, 2015

No water in the canyon. Rebuilt three anchors, removed tons of old webbing. Road out was unremarkable. From the top of Slideanide back to the truck took 3hrs 20min.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 22, 2014

Dry, anchors are in good condition. Road is in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 8, 2014

Fabulous Canyon! Road in great shape. We used the walk-in entrance to the canyon on the east rim, on the right side looking downcanyon. It's about 300 feet from the rappel point and is a nice and easy walk down, saving harnesses, etc. for later (thanks, RoadTrip Ryan for pointing it out!). I really loved the way the canyon floor drops steeply but everything is a downclimb until the very end. One newbie was a bit spooked but managed it all without a harness. We used a handline twice before the end. Dry all the way and all anchors in great shape. A lovely 65-degree November day! We exited the canyon 0.5 miles below the junction with Constrychnine as a large drainage comes in from the left. Bluugnome calls this the "Slideanide exit," and it's a good one.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 11, 2014

Road out to Poison Springs is easy for a 2WD. Not even a drop of water. Newish anchors still but watch the rubbing on the webbing on the first rap where it extends over the lip. One of the funnest canyons around (if you have knee/elbow pads).

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

Bone dry, anchors are in good shape.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 20, 2013

Pulled off a hat trick in poison spring: constrictnine, arscenic, slidenide....and finished the day in zero g. Small wades and a bit of in poison spring canyons. Nasty pull in the first rap series in arscenic. We rapped the first 60ft and reset the rappel for an easier pull. Webbing acceptable in all canyons. 7.25hrs for all 3 poisons springs canyons. We discovered numerous escapes on to the bench that saved lots of time

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 4, 2013

Absolutely dry. Great canyon for dowmclimbing exercises. One or more of the downclimbs were anchored if needed. Last rappel should definitly be broken into the two stages. However, be careful at the setup for the second stage. Currently there is a sling around a large undercut chockstone. If you rap off this, the start is difficult and will likely load the sling suddenly and also cause it to rub against the rock a lot. It's dark in here and difficult to see & inspect. There's also another smaller chockstone & sling a few feet upcanyon from the larger one that is probably a better choice for anchor or use for backup.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 28, 2013

Slideanide is bone dry.

The only anchor that we used was for the initial rap in and it is in good shape.

There are many anchors in place in this canyon, some are garbage(I tugged on a handline and it broke), some are newer.

The road in from 95 is looking good and is accessible to passenger vehicles.

The gnats are starting to come out.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 22, 2013

April 19 completely dry anchors in good shape. Had a good trip.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 20, 2013

Canyon was dry. We replaced webbing in a couple spots.

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

Super fun canyon with lots of downclimbing. All very dry. Both entrance and exit anchors/webbing were fine.