Black Hole of White Canyon
Last Candition: June 15, 2013
Great fun. Our group of seven all used shorty 3/2 wetsuits (except for one girl who gets cold very fast and very easy) and we all loved it. The water was as warm as a pool throughout most of the canyon, with the exception of the black hole section, where we were happy to have the wetsuits.
The slot canyon took us about 7.5 hours (in addition to the many pictures and playtime, we took the first exit and had to rock-climb to get out).
Lots of fun all around.
Great conditions. Comfortable with full length 3/2 wetsuit. Hands a little chilled in the first 2 pools, than fine afterwards. Last few pools felt quite warm. Good rope hanging from the log that gives the D/C into the start of the Black Hole. Water level low enough that we were able to swim under the log that was after that. Water pretty fresh. No log soup. Lots of cairns marking the exit.
Entrance trail: there are 2 social trails. Follow the one that goes north. The southbound one cliffs out.
perfect conditions 3/2 wetsuit ok
dc from a log at entrance easier with handline
before the long cold swim usual 2 old fixed ropes but is a swimmer so possible jumper if you want
bypassed the log soup on the left
4 people ,tons of play in the water 5,5hrs car to car with shuttle
mosquito repellant for no see hum at the end
Loved this canyon! I have never done it so I can't compare water levels, but it seemed clean and plentiful with many very long swims. The only place with somewhat putrid water was in the black hole proper (which can be bypassed, although it was a very fun swim). There were logs floating in the black hole proper but they were not an issue. The rest of the canyon was clear of log jams. Used a 5mm wetsuit, doubled up 2mm socks, and 3mm gloves. Got a little chilly but not to bad. Can't comment on anchors because we downclimbed everything.
Have done this canyon twice, once in May 2012 and now in March 2013. The water was up some from 2012. A boulder or more has fallen and blown apart many rocks in what I would call the rock jump area, a section where two platform rocks came up above a deep hole about half way through the swim section of the canyon. The water was much colder this time around (go figure). I wore a 4mm full with a 2mm shorty, 5mm gloves, 3mm socks (had to share the 2mm socks I wanted to add), and a rain jacket. I got cold, but I think most of it had to do with the slower pace of the group. Had I taken that into consideration, I would have worn 7 or more mm full. There is a new rope for the hand line section off of the log. It connects under the rock at the bottom. Keep your legs to the right on the way down. Many people in our group were messing that up and pinning there legs to the left, expecting the rope to pull loose.
first time for all three of us. Lots of water and swimming! The mud in the creekbed on the hike down was still wet and slippery from recent rain, even where the sun was shining, all potholes and swims seemed as full as they get. comfortable in drysuits or 4 mil wetsuits.
The Black Hole was fantastic last weekend! There is a logjam that has a rope tied around it that is very worn (entirely through the sheath). That is the only drop where a rope needs to be left, please consider bringing 30 feet of rope and replacing it. Also, in the Black Hole proper, there is a thick mat of needles and logs, almost thick enough to crawl across. It doesn't cover the entire Black Hole, it just clogs up the swim at the end. Not to worry, the good stuff in that canyon far outweighs the bad.
The canyon had some flow recently, but it hasn't flashed. Everything is topped off. Lots of swimming and the water is surprisingly warm. Some spots of quicksand- worst was about 3 feet deep. We skipped the log soup section.
Water levels were pretty low compared to normal, but there were still several cold swims. Some of us wore 3/2 suits and were fine. Black Hole swim was log soup but not a log jam. Was not as stinky as it could have been.
Fun canyon except for the log debris soup in the last 30-40 yards of the Black Hole. The last 10 feet cannot be gotten through at water level. Very physically difficult section, otherwise the canyon was great.
AWESOME! It's in excellent condition. Water is chilly, but it could be possible to do it without wetsuits, though I think that wetsuits really improved the overall experience for us.
Went through BH on June 17. Water is high, but no major problems. A couple of downclimbs might be difficult for beginners, so a short rope might be helpful. We all wore wetsuits and were happy to have them because we were able to enjoy the swimming and cold pools.