LENGTH: 5-7 hours (8 miles)
GEAR: Standard Technical Gear
RAPPELS: 3 to 11 m ( 37 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate to high in a short section
SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring
Herm Pollock Slot is an interesting, short slot canyon with a big approach! The canyon is unique in that I have never seen such a slot so completely sand-floored. It is like a day at the beach!
A couple of notes about this outing. First, it is a bit of an approach requiring some route finding for a short section of technical slot canyon. If you are an adrenaline-fueled canyoneer looking for a hardcore adventure, pass on this one. If you like a long amble in the desert punctuated by a bit of technical slot, this is a lovely day out.
Second, this canyon, though short, requires good natural anchor skills. The sandy floor doesn't leave much to work with. We used a sand trap for the first rappel, and it worked really well. Without a sand trap, rock mining from outside the canyon would be needed. The other anchors can be chockstones, but if flooding happens to change or remove them, there isn't much else to work with.