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Benign is a surprisingly fun short canyon with some beautiful rock formations throughout. Some easy to moderately challenging downclimbs, and some required partner assistance. The approach was easy and only 10 minutes down a wash. There are two mandatory rappels – no more than 40 feet for rappel 1 and 20 feet for rappel 2. There were small pools of water that were avoidable. The exit hike was pretty easy and took about an hour.


To improve skills



Fun short canyon that is great practice for down climbing. We did a hand line on two spots.

Some fun down climbs. Saw no one else. Completely dry. The keeper pothole wasn't a keeper at all. Dry and easily climbed out of. We weren't even sure which pothole was supposedly the keeper until thinking about it after we were done. There were 5 anchors I think; we used 3 and DC the other two. Last downclimb (rap) was fun. Bushwack at bottom was ugly. Time 3:20.

Absolutely dry canyon including exit hike, full sun almost all day. Pothole escapes were very minor - less down climbing than Poison Springs canyons. More beginner friendly than intermediate. Would not recommend this canyon unless done during late fall or early spring or unless there has been recent rains and you can guarantee there is water in the potholes

Great canyon. Ryan, please remove the rattle snake in the 5th pothole. K Thx.


Super awesome potholes and a great/easy canyon to do in a couple hours!


Fun canyon, easier than expected. Mat almost stepped on a rattlesnake after a down climb, it was the biggest one I've ever seen, and you could really hear the rattle. Some cool down climbs, did the reverse belly slide down one. I did my first meat anchor on the first rappel! Mat, Evan, and Erik all rappelled off of my meat on the first rapp. "Keepers" were dry, and hardly actual keepers, getting out was no problem. Cool parkour spiral staircase on last downclimb. Lovely picnic in idyllic orchard at the bottom. Neat cow skull with toupé on exit hike.