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Hog 4 - Miss Piggy

North Wash beta posted by Dan Ransom
  • The Hype

    The Hog Springs Complex is a canyoneering playground with 4 separate technical slots, each with unique characteristics and difficulties.

    Miss Piggy is the shortest and sweetest of the Hogs. The canyon is the small fork of Hog 1, and eventually drains into Boss Hogg above the final elevator sections and subway.

    If stemming and squeezing isn't your thing, Miss Piggy is a nice option. There are still a few downclimbs to negotiate, as well as a few rappels. But the canyon is wider and less entrenched than it's neighbors, which also makes it a nice option for a sunnier descent on cold winter days.

    Getting There

    Access Road: Hog-Trachyte road is at mile marker 3.6 on state road 276. This road varies wildly in condition, and is subject to frequent washouts. Generally, high clearance and 4WD are required to reach the trailhead. Hog Springs TH is 2.1 miles from SR276, and is at the crest of a small hill.

    This road is also the preferred access to all of the Hog Springs complex, and continues on to access Trachyotomy, Tik-Tok Bridge, and the "Land of Oz."

    From the Trailhead: Hike northeast across open and sandy terrain for about 10 minutes, until you catch a glimpse of the Hog Springs Complex. 4 technical slots are all approached from here. Continue following along the rim of the complex to the northeast for roughly 20 minutes, until you reach the first significant slot. This is Miss Piggy. Route find your way to the head of the technical narrows.

    Optional Approach: It is common to descend one or more Hogs in a single day. The easiest way to climb back to the head of another slot is to climb the nose between the mouths of Hog 1 and Hog 2. The slab is about 30 feet, goes at around 5.6, and is all friction. At least one member of your party should be skilled enough to make this climb if you intend to double up on the Hogs.

    The Canyon - Rating: 3A III   Longest Rap: 85'   # of Raps: 3-4

    3AIII
    Longest Rappel: 85' - There are two mandatory rappels, with a couple of downclimbs that may be rappelled as well.

    Water: Miss Piggy will very rarely hold any water, and only immediately after rains. Even then, the deepest pools are less than waist deep. The Hogs are often good choices when other canyons are out of condition, as they are south facing and drain quickly.

    Natural Anchors: North Wash is considered a "natural anchor" area. There are currently no bolts in North Wash. Please be competent with natural anchor evaluation and building skills, and plan accordingly.

    Gear Recommendations:
    Technical Canyoneering Kit - including helmet, harness, rappel device, ascending gear
    Pads - Knee, elbow

    The Exit

    There are multiple options for getting back to your car after descending a hog. If you don't have a car shuttle, use either the buttress climb, or the exit gully to get back up top. Hike down the main drainage to Hog Springs Rest Area if you spotted a car.

    Exit Gully: The exit gully is a rough 3rd class scramble up a steep drainage with stretches of rotten rock. It's not a beautiful exit, but it goes and gets you back to your car quickly. It is the first drainage that enters from canyon right, and is easily approached from between the mouths of hog 2 and 3. It trends northwest back to the rim.

    Buttress Climb: If you are doing two hogs in one day, you'll need to get familiar with the buttress climb. Between the mouth of Hog 1 and Hog 2 there is a low angle slab that requires about 15 feet of 5.4 climbing. It requires a careful sequence of moves, but is generally not that difficult. Once on the flat area of slickrock, you can simply follow the ridge back to the top, and either head back to your car or drop another slot.

    Out the Bottom: If your car is at the Hog Springs rest area, begin heading downstream. Beware of poison ivy, and keep an eye out for a bench on river left that makes travel easier. Eventually, make your way back into the streambed, and back to your car.

    Red Tape

    BLM Land: The Hog Springs Complex is located on BLM land, and currently there are no regulations or access issues.

    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.
  • Access Road: Hog-Trachyte road is at mile marker 3.6 on state road 276. This road varies wildly in condition, and is subject to frequent washouts. Generally, high clearance and 4WD are required to reach the trailhead. Hog Springs TH is 2.1 miles from SR276, and is at the crest of a small hill.

    This road is also the preferred access to all of the Hog Springs complex, and continues on to access Trachyotomy, Tik-Tok Bridge, and the "Land of Oz."

    From the Trailhead: Hike northeast across open and sandy terrain for about 10 minutes, until you catch a glimpse of the Hog Springs Complex. 4 technical slots are all approached from here. Continue following along the rim of the complex to the northeast for roughly 20 minutes, until you reach the first significant slot. This is Miss Piggy. Route find your way to the head of the technical narrows.

    Optional Approach: It is common to descend one or more Hogs in a single day. The easiest way to climb back to the head of another slot is to climb the nose between the mouths of Hog 1 and Hog 2. The slab is about 30 feet, goes at around 5.6, and is all friction. At least one member of your party should be skilled enough to make this climb if you intend to double up on the Hogs.
  • 3AIII
    Longest Rappel: 85' - There are two mandatory rappels, with a couple of downclimbs that may be rappelled as well.

    Water: Miss Piggy will very rarely hold any water, and only immediately after rains. Even then, the deepest pools are less than waist deep. The Hogs are often good choices when other canyons are out of condition, as they are south facing and drain quickly.

    Natural Anchors: North Wash is considered a "natural anchor" area. There are currently no bolts in North Wash. Please be competent with natural anchor evaluation and building skills, and plan accordingly.

    Gear Recommendations:
    Technical Canyoneering Kit - including helmet, harness, rappel device, ascending gear
    Pads - Knee, elbow
  • There are multiple options for getting back to your car after descending a hog. If you don't have a car shuttle, use either the buttress climb, or the exit gully to get back up top. Hike down the main drainage to Hog Springs Rest Area if you spotted a car.

    Exit Gully: The exit gully is a rough 3rd class scramble up a steep drainage with stretches of rotten rock. It's not a beautiful exit, but it goes and gets you back to your car quickly. It is the first drainage that enters from canyon right, and is easily approached from between the mouths of hog 2 and 3. It trends northwest back to the rim.

    Buttress Climb: If you are doing two hogs in one day, you'll need to get familiar with the buttress climb. Between the mouth of Hog 1 and Hog 2 there is a low angle slab that requires about 15 feet of 5.4 climbing. It requires a careful sequence of moves, but is generally not that difficult. Once on the flat area of slickrock, you can simply follow the ridge back to the top, and either head back to your car or drop another slot.

    Out the Bottom: If your car is at the Hog Springs rest area, begin heading downstream. Beware of poison ivy, and keep an eye out for a bench on river left that makes travel easier. Eventually, make your way back into the streambed, and back to your car.
  • BLM Land: The Hog Springs Complex is located on BLM land, and currently there are no regulations or access issues.

    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.

Condition Reports for Hog 4 - Miss Piggy

  1. msmnificent
    Feb 11, 2013
    msmnificent

    Difficulty:

    NA

    Skill Level:

    NA

    Water:

    NA

    Thermal:

    NA

    Group Size:

    NA

    Total Time:

    NA


    It is confusing to call this canyon "Hog 4," and I recommend that people simply refer to it as "Miss Piggy." This is why: the other canyons in the area, Hog 1 (aka Boss Hawg), Hog 2 (no consensus on a nickname at this time), and Hog 3 (aka Razorback) are numbered in order from East to West. Miss Piggy is to the East of the other three (so really it should be Hog zero or 0.5) and therefore the numbering is confusing--especially for people who are not oriented with this canyon system. The name Hog 4 was a working name used by the first group to descend the canyon (at least the first descent that is known among our modern canyoneering community). It was the fourth canyon in the system to be descended. After descending the canyon the group that descended it gave it the name "Miss Piggy." This is common practice. Many canyons are not given a name until after they are descended so that a name can be chosen that matches the "character" of the canyon...sometimes the original working name sticks, and other times it gets replaced by something far better. In this case, I believe that Miss Piggy is far better and less confusing for this canyon. Just a suggestion... Thanks for the beta and a great website!

    Posted Feb 11, 2013
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