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Slideanide

  • The Hype

    A sweet canyon in Poison Springs with big views and big, slidey downclimbs.

    Getting There

    Travelling south from Hanksville, UT, drive to milemarker 20. Shortly afterward a road will branch eastward. Turn east onto this road and stay on it for approximately 6 miles to a tee junction. You'll be close when you reach a bunch of solar panels. Turn left at the tee and drive maybe .3 miles to where there is a wider spot in the road (38.092493,-110.526066). This is the trailhead for Poison Springs and a good campsite.

    To get to the canyon, strike out northeast for a bit, approximately 3/4 of a mile. You will cross one noticeable drainage (Arscenic Drainage), climb up a small hill and come to a second drainage. This is Slideanide. Follow the drainage to the canyon (38.101671,-110.520487).

    The Canyon - Rating: 3AIII   Longest Rap: ~80'   # of Raps: 1 Mandatory; up to 4 or more optional rappels

    The canyon starts with a big rappel, DC to a good sized ledge with boulders for anchors.

    R1: ~80' to the bottom.

    Travel down canyon. Two intimidating DC's are encountered. They are not as hard as they look, and can be spotted by a partner. Anchors may also be available or can be built for rappels. Two tall, fun DC's are also encountered. Most DC's involve fun controlled slides.

    After an hour or so you'll hit the final rappel phase. You'll know you're there when the slot gets very convoluted and dark.

    R2:~70' from boulders at top. Fearless can DC around the boulders.

    R3:~80' from chokestones in a crack.

    Skills Required: Natural Anchors, Good Downclimbing, Rappeling, Routefinding, Partner Assistance

    Water: A couple pools may exist after rains. No wetsuit needed in the summer, but wetsuits are advised in the late fall, winter, and early spring since this canyons faces North and can be cold.

    Natural Anchors: This canyon can be done with all natural anchors. Please leave it that way.

    Gear:
    • Standard canyoneering gear- 80' rope and 80' pull cord
    • 40' webbing
    • 4-5 Rapides
    Flash Flood Danger: moderate

    The Exit

    To use the same exit as is used for Arscenic: After exiting the slot, continue downcanyon for about a mile until you reach a major drainage coming in on the left (west) 38.116259,-110.527353. You will pass a number of small drainages prior to reaching the big one. (One of these smaller drainages provides an alternate exit route, but it is not described here.) Travel up this drainage until a good drainage is encountered on the left (this is the bottom of Arscenic Canyon (38.108628,-110.538597)). You will know you are in the correct drainage if after traveling up this drainage only a few hundred feet you encounter a very large juniper tree hugging the sandstone on the SW side of the drainage. From here, follow cairns up the sandstone ridge, contouring roughly SSE. Lots of elevation is gained with seemingly less effort than other exits. Keep an eye out for Arsenic Arch along the way. Once on the rim, route find SSE until you hit the road which can be followed to camp. There may be an official trail but it was quickly lost by me. Try not to stomp on too much crypto.

    Red Tape

    No permits needed.

    The area is BLM land. Please practice Leave No Trace to keep access open.

    Group size limits on BLM land are usually a maximum of 12 people.
  • Travelling south from Hanksville, UT, drive to milemarker 20. Shortly afterward a road will branch eastward. Turn east onto this road and stay on it for approximately 6 miles to a tee junction. You'll be close when you reach a bunch of solar panels. Turn left at the tee and drive maybe .3 miles to where there is a wider spot in the road (38.092493,-110.526066). This is the trailhead for Poison Springs and a good campsite.

    To get to the canyon, strike out northeast for a bit, approximately 3/4 of a mile. You will cross one noticeable drainage (Arscenic Drainage), climb up a small hill and come to a second drainage. This is Slideanide. Follow the drainage to the canyon (38.101671,-110.520487).
  • The canyon starts with a big rappel, DC to a good sized ledge with boulders for anchors.

    R1: ~80' to the bottom.

    Travel down canyon. Two intimidating DC's are encountered. They are not as hard as they look, and can be spotted by a partner. Anchors may also be available or can be built for rappels. Two tall, fun DC's are also encountered. Most DC's involve fun controlled slides.

    After an hour or so you'll hit the final rappel phase. You'll know you're there when the slot gets very convoluted and dark.

    R2:~70' from boulders at top. Fearless can DC around the boulders.

    R3:~80' from chokestones in a crack.

    Skills Required: Natural Anchors, Good Downclimbing, Rappeling, Routefinding, Partner Assistance

    Water: A couple pools may exist after rains. No wetsuit needed in the summer, but wetsuits are advised in the late fall, winter, and early spring since this canyons faces North and can be cold.

    Natural Anchors: This canyon can be done with all natural anchors. Please leave it that way.

    Gear:
    • Standard canyoneering gear- 80' rope and 80' pull cord
    • 40' webbing
    • 4-5 Rapides
    Flash Flood Danger: moderate
  • To use the same exit as is used for Arscenic: After exiting the slot, continue downcanyon for about a mile until you reach a major drainage coming in on the left (west) 38.116259,-110.527353. You will pass a number of small drainages prior to reaching the big one. (One of these smaller drainages provides an alternate exit route, but it is not described here.) Travel up this drainage until a good drainage is encountered on the left (this is the bottom of Arscenic Canyon (38.108628,-110.538597)). You will know you are in the correct drainage if after traveling up this drainage only a few hundred feet you encounter a very large juniper tree hugging the sandstone on the SW side of the drainage. From here, follow cairns up the sandstone ridge, contouring roughly SSE. Lots of elevation is gained with seemingly less effort than other exits. Keep an eye out for Arsenic Arch along the way. Once on the rim, route find SSE until you hit the road which can be followed to camp. There may be an official trail but it was quickly lost by me. Try not to stomp on too much crypto.
  • No permits needed.

    The area is BLM land. Please practice Leave No Trace to keep access open.

    Group size limits on BLM land are usually a maximum of 12 people.
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