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Guadalupe Creek

  • The Hype

    A long canyon that offers 13+ rappels, longest being about 270'. We down climbed a lot so the number of rappels might be more for some. Definitely better enjoyed in two days. Isolated, views of the valley throughout that tease that the canyon is almost done and unique rock formations.

    Getting There

    Trailhead Access

    This canyon begins at the Cactus Spring trailhead. The approximate address is 70210 Pines to Palms Highway. On Hwy 74 near the Pinyon Fire station. Turn onto Pinon Flats Transfer Station Rd and follow the signs to the parking lot.

    Shuttle
    You're gonna have to leave your return vehicle at the Boo Huff trail head. Look at map to see it's exact location. Roughly, it is on your way to Lake Cahuilla. Take 58th until it turns into Jefferson St at the turn. You will come to a fork, right takes you to Lake Cahuilla and left takes you to Remington Dr towards The Quarry at La Quinta. Right at this fork there will be a dirt road on the left, it is hard to spot at first glance. This road leads to the Boo Huff Trail. It is a dirt road and 4WD is not necessary but high clearance is ideal.

    From the Trailhead
    You follow Cactus Spring trail for about 2 miles at which point you leave the trail and follow a series of washes upstream that lead up to the upper reaches of Guadalupe. Please refer to map for exact drainage to follow. It is easy to follow the wrong one and end up in a wrong ravine.

    The Canyon - Rating: 4A IV   Longest Rap: 270'   # of Raps: 13

    Rappels: 13 rappels, up to 270'
    There are numerous rappels, depending on your downclimbing ability. The longest is 270', but can be done at 200' if you are an advanced downclimber.

    Additional Risk:
    Good anchor building skills are required if any of the anchors aren't there anymore.
    Rappels exceeding 200'
    Be prepared for impenetrable bushwhacking that releases some pretty thick pollen

    Water
    No water flow. We came across only a couple of pools, the deepest one about 5' but you can avoid them completely.

    Anchor Conditions
    Anchors are all natural, require natural anchor building and evaluation skills.

    Gear Recommendations
    Rope - Longest drop is 270', but note note that precarious ledges can make it possible to make do with only 200'.
    Technical canyoneering kit including - helmet, harness, rappel device, biners, ascending kit, slings, webbing, rapides.
    120' webbing, 10 links

    Flash Flood Danger: Low

    The Exit

    Once at the bottom of the last rappel, keep following the drainage until you meet the Boo Huff trailhead. Follow the trail that leads to the dirt parking lot. Alternatively, follow the creek, it leads to the parking lot as well. This is where your recovery vehicle will be at. This route is very difficult without a car shuttle.

    Red Tape

    Bureau of Land Management

    Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
    1201 Bird Center Drive
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Main Contact Number: 760-833-7100

    Your permit is signing in at the trail head. You can then venture off into the entire Santa Rosa Mountains.

    American Canyoneers
    Most slot canyons are found on public lands managed by the US Government, although a few can be found on private lands. The US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service manage these lands. Each area tends to have unique management issues. As a result, there is not a uniform set of rules governing our use of these lands. For current issues related to canyoneering access, please visit www.americancanyoneers.org.
  • Trailhead Access

    This canyon begins at the Cactus Spring trailhead. The approximate address is 70210 Pines to Palms Highway. On Hwy 74 near the Pinyon Fire station. Turn onto Pinon Flats Transfer Station Rd and follow the signs to the parking lot.

    Shuttle
    You're gonna have to leave your return vehicle at the Boo Huff trail head. Look at map to see it's exact location. Roughly, it is on your way to Lake Cahuilla. Take 58th until it turns into Jefferson St at the turn. You will come to a fork, right takes you to Lake Cahuilla and left takes you to Remington Dr towards The Quarry at La Quinta. Right at this fork there will be a dirt road on the left, it is hard to spot at first glance. This road leads to the Boo Huff Trail. It is a dirt road and 4WD is not necessary but high clearance is ideal.

    From the Trailhead
    You follow Cactus Spring trail for about 2 miles at which point you leave the trail and follow a series of washes upstream that lead up to the upper reaches of Guadalupe. Please refer to map for exact drainage to follow. It is easy to follow the wrong one and end up in a wrong ravine.
  • Rappels: 13 rappels, up to 270'
    There are numerous rappels, depending on your downclimbing ability. The longest is 270', but can be done at 200' if you are an advanced downclimber.

    Additional Risk:
    Good anchor building skills are required if any of the anchors aren't there anymore.
    Rappels exceeding 200'
    Be prepared for impenetrable bushwhacking that releases some pretty thick pollen

    Water
    No water flow. We came across only a couple of pools, the deepest one about 5' but you can avoid them completely.

    Anchor Conditions
    Anchors are all natural, require natural anchor building and evaluation skills.

    Gear Recommendations
    Rope - Longest drop is 270', but note note that precarious ledges can make it possible to make do with only 200'.
    Technical canyoneering kit including - helmet, harness, rappel device, biners, ascending kit, slings, webbing, rapides.
    120' webbing, 10 links

    Flash Flood Danger: Low
  • Once at the bottom of the last rappel, keep following the drainage until you meet the Boo Huff trailhead. Follow the trail that leads to the dirt parking lot. Alternatively, follow the creek, it leads to the parking lot as well. This is where your recovery vehicle will be at. This route is very difficult without a car shuttle.
  • Bureau of Land Management

    Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
    1201 Bird Center Drive
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Main Contact Number: 760-833-7100

    Your permit is signing in at the trail head. You can then venture off into the entire Santa Rosa Mountains.

    American Canyoneers
    Most slot canyons are found on public lands managed by the US Government, although a few can be found on private lands. The US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service manage these lands. Each area tends to have unique management issues. As a result, there is not a uniform set of rules governing our use of these lands. For current issues related to canyoneering access, please visit www.americancanyoneers.org.

Visit the Guadalupe Creek discussion thread for more information and in-depth discussion.

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