Circle of Friends:
Poison Spring Canyon
(Arsenic + Scenic) is an extraordinary slot canyon surrounded by panoramic canyon country straight out of a
Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon. The views might be good but the action is even
Arscenic is easy to access with only a short approach hike that is followed by a fun and
entertaining canyoneering adventure through an exquisite Southern Utah slot canyon. The
trek back to the trailhead visits a delightful little arch.
is part of the "Circle of Friends" program.
Members of the "Circle of Friends" have
access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead
location and detailed maps. If you would like
more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign
"Circle of Friends"
is a striking slot canyon with a sportsmanly amount of downclimbing. Part of the appeal of
this canyon is that many of the dryfalls offer the opportunity to downclimb instead of
rappel. Arscenic requires complete technical
gear. In normal conditions this canyon contains knee to waist deep wading with no
swimming required. The canyon is accessible year round unless there is snow on the ground.
A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route.
Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is 4 to 5 hours. A GPS is useful, good map reading skills are essential.
Navigation for this route is moderate. Arscenic is rated 3A III using the Canyon Rating
System. This canyon has a moderate flashflood danger.
The Trailhead is located
near the town of Hanksville Utah and is accessible to all vehicles during good weather.
Camping is available in the area of the trailhead. A shuttle vehicle is not required for
Hikers can reverse the description presented and visit the arch and the
lower section of Arscenic Canyon. How far up canyon you travel depends on
your climbing skills. Experienced hikers should be able to visit the arch
and a fun section of slot canyon before being turned back.
Enjoy a short video
filmed in Arscenic the second week of November.
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