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Black Canyon

Canyoneering Boy Scout Canyon - Black Canyon Canyoneering Boy Scout Canyon
Black Canyon

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TICKS & TODOS: 5 Todo Lists / 3 Ticks
LENGTH: 5-8 hours
GEAR: 10 m ( 33 ft. ) rope and harness useful for helping beginners
SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring
Thu Hi:98 Lo:69 Fri Hi:99 Lo:71 Sat Hi:98 Lo:71 Sun Hi:96 Lo:72 Mon Hi:88 Lo:69
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Boy Scout canyon, often visited by boaters from the Colorado River, makes a great beginner canyoneering route from the top. There are a variety of obstacles to surmount, but it never feels particularly spicy or overwhelming, just fun. Since the route returns the same way, it is a good opportunity to practice both down climbing and up climbing.

The canyon boasts about a half dozen short rappels, and/or downclimbs that will pose little challenge to experienced canyoneers. The reward? An amazing canyon with hot springs and walls covered in moss and algae. As of winter 2010, floods had filled in all of the soaking pools. Expect these to re-emerge, however, as hikers begin re-building and digging them out. The route generally contains fixed ropes, but bringing a 10 m ( 33 ft. ) rope and additional webbing is prudent in case the existing ropes are missing.

Note: This route is fairly challenging for dogs. It is not recommend to take them unless you have experience and gear for rappelling and ascending with them.

Note: Soak at your own risk! There are concerns of naegleria fowleri at many hot springs (including this one). According to the CDC, infection rates are extremely low (33 people between 1998 and 2007). If soaking, at the very least, try to avoid getting water in your nose, as this is the route of infection.

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