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Apr 23 2017
arizona_water
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28 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Black Canyon - Hoover Dam to Willow BeachNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Kayak avatar Apr 23 2017
arizona_water
Kayak13.99 Miles 909 AEG
Kayak13.99 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.21 mph
909 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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We did this route as a day trip with a large group of friends. We worked with Desert River Kayak to obtain access to the put-in at the dam. The morning started out great, but by the early afternoon, we were taking on some pretty significant headwinds. The winds picked up to 25mph, with gusts up to 40mph, according to NOAA. Despite the weather, this is a really fun trip. It would be ideal to do this as an overnight and camp on one of the sandy beaches. This would allow more time to explore the many side canyons. That being said, Boy Scout Canyon was by far the most interesting and unique place we stopped. We avoided Goldstrike Canyon because there were so several boats already parked there, and I don't like waiting in line to hike...
I did make an exception for AZ hot spring, since everyone in my group wanted to see it.

It's getting close to that time of year when humans should avoid the Colorado Main Stem. It gets rather warm, even in April. However, the dam does tend to release more water to downstream users this time of year. And the cold water is a reprieve from the relentless sun.

Awesome trip. Not sure if I will do it again anytime soon. But I will definitely look for a way to get back in Boy Scout Canyon! :D
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Stream Gauging Station

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The flow really picked up the further you move up into the canyon.

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Dripping out over a cliff into the Colorado.

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There are many "hanging garden" style hot springs in this canyon. They drip pretty constantly. There are also a few that flow straight out of the ground, contributing to the creek's flow.

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46% full, to be exact!

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waterfall hot spring!!

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surprising amount of flow. The hot spring is dammed in places by sandbags.

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Feb 07 2016
autumnstars
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 Guides 25
 Routes 19
 Photos 558
 Triplogs 1,383

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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Boy Scout CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Canyoneering avatar Feb 07 2016
autumnstars
Canyoneering5.59 Miles 1,669 AEG
Canyoneering5.59 Miles
1,669 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Descent from top, including 340ft (!!!) rappel. Played in the hotsprings. Headed back up the steep, steep exit route (class 3-4 scrambling required) after a quick dip in the Colorado. That exit was the payback for enjoying such a huge rappel.

Cool canyon with great hotsprings and flowing water. Hot springs are all below the huge rapel, so accessible via boat from the river.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few primrose were just beginning to flower in the washes.

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Good flow. Varied temps.
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Sep 15 2012
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Boy Scout CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2012
GrottoGirl
Hiking2.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
During our Black Canyon Canoe trip we stopped to hike Boy Scout Canyon to the bottom of the big pour off. This is a pretty cool hike since the 'trailhead' is accessible from a canoe. I believe that where we were was the part that the regular trail doesn't access because of the long drop of the pour off.

There are a couple ofl technical spots in which I wished I had a rope that wasn't frayed and weathered. I also wish I had a harness and someone to belay me. However, we made do with the frayed and weather rope. It was very interesting to try to climb up while water was flowing downing.

The walls of the canyon are very high. The canyon bottom has several hot springs and a nice creek flowing down to the Colorado River. Because of the moist shade on the walls several places had nice green slime/algae build up. There were also crystals that reminded me of cave popcorn. It was really pretty.

When we got to the turnaround point of our hike I was surprised to not find any water. All the hot springs were downstream. Instead there was a flat spot below the big pour off. I liked the looks of the mud lining the main spout. You'll be able to see that when I post my pictures.

Nice full body workout for such a short hike :)
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Sep 15 2012
RedwallNHops
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Boy Scout CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2012
RedwallNHops
Hiking2.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Nov 27 2010
AHOTE
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 Photos 32
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 Joined Nov 05 2006
 Chandler, AZ
Boy Scout CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
AHOTE
Hiking7.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked a side canyon to Boy Scout Canyon - about 7 miles.
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