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Waterslides Canyon, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Distance One Way 3.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,845 feet
Elevation Gain -1,965 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.98
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Feb, Feb, Mar, Apr
Sun  6:11am - 6:22pm
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Overview: Waterslides Canyon located in the Sierra Ancha's is known for its natural water slides and large pools of water. This canyon with 6 or 7 rappels is best done during the snow melt in the spring when the flow allows for maximum sliding on the natural slides.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Waterslides Canyon
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    OMG! For a Water Lover like me, this Canyon was a Dream come True...Rappels, some Downclimbing Practice, Scenery, and Natural Water Slides that would put any Water Park to shame... :y: Rappels will give you the Adrenalin, but the Slides were just Pure Exhilaration! :D Too bad I didn't get any Photos of the Sliding... :sl: Half the Fun of that Section was watching everyone else do it too...The Expressions and Water Entries were Priceless... :D Surprisingly, after the first Slide, a few People elected to Hike around them, which I didn't totally understand, since they were the Main Attraction, but I guess the Slides were just a little bit too intimidating for some...At least they were not forced to do them and could get around them...Even though I did them all, there was always a little Hesitation at the Top before I started down, just because it was a little intimidating looking down at where you were going to go and how fast you were going to get there... :lol:

    Party of 16... :o :sweat: Needless to say, it took a few Vehicles to set up the Shuttle... :lol: The Shuttle sure made it Sweet though, no Uphill Hiking Required... :y: And it's a good thing we did it that way, with that many People this was an all day Affair, made even longer by a Snafu at the End... :sk: Left Camp at 8:30 A.M, got back at 9:45 P.M.... :sweat:

    Incredibly short Hike at the Top before you drop into the Canyon and the 1st Rappel comes up pretty quick...Again, I was Belaying and on the Advance Team for most of the Top Section...a couple of the Anchors are a little "Spicy", but it was a great Experience for me...Some Downclimbing mixed in, along with some Boulder Hopping...And then, we were at the Slides in the Afternoon...Just an incredible amount of Fun there... :D Some People took Video, so those should be showing up at some point, it will be fun to watch it all over again...Just about the time we started doing the last 2 Rappels, the Sun disappeared behind some Clouds and it got a little Chilly waiting, but we warmed up quickly Boulder Hopping and Hiking down the rest of the Canyon/Wash to the Vehicles. We made it to that Point right at Sunset... :sweat:

    There were only 2 Vehicles at the Bottom, so they packed as many people as they could and left 5 of us there, with 1 Vehicle due to Return for us...After about 40 Minutes, it returned and we all got cozy packing in...The First Group had gotten dropped off at the Junction with 203A and surprisingly, when we got back to that spot, the Vehicles from the Top still hadn't gotten back there...It was now Dark, the Wind was blowing, and with some people being slightly damp and not dressed for those Temps, they started getting Chilled. When we arrived, we found everyone huddled together under 1 Blanket... :sweat: It was understandable, as the Wind was getting with it a bit and cutting through everyone. I was still in my Canyon Shoes, so eventually having Wet Feet translated into my getting Chilled too. There was only 1 Vehicle, but we took turns sitting in it to get out of the Wind...By this Time, we knew that something had happened to the Vehicles up top, because it was taking way too long for them to get there... :( Finally one of the other Vehicles showed up and explained that one of the other Vehicles had a Flat Tire and the others had stayed there to help change it...We decided to load up the 1 Vehicle and get it sent towards Camp as some people had to get back...About 10 minutes after that Vehicle left, the other Vehicles' Headlights could be seen and it was a bit of a Relief... :sweat:

    Got back to Camp, took an Incredibly Hot Shower, unpacked my Pack to start getting everything drying...Everything I had got Wet...My Dry Bag failed, probably from my Pack being dropped 20+ Feet into the Water, numerous Times. Even with things being in Ziplocks inside the Drybag, it was too much and the Baggies Failed too... :sweat: Phone, Wallet, Headlamp (which surprisingly still worked even though the Lens was full of Water. :lol: ) Took my Phone apart at Camp, but I think it's going to be toast... :sk: Time for a Canyon Keg I guess...Finally hit the Sack, exhausted, about 11:00...

    Even with the last 2 Hours not being quite so much fun, this Canyon and this Day was a total Blast...This Canyon will be an Annual one for me, it was way too much fun to only do it once. :DANCE: Another Good Day in a Canyon... :y:

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To canyon trip
    From AZ Hwy 288, take Cherry Creek Road approximately 15.7 miles and park a vehicle at the exit of the canyon along Cherry Creek. The entry to the canyon is along NF-203A approximately 14.8 miles from the intersection of AZ Hwy 288 and Cherry Creek Road.
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