Canyoneering Route Description

Slip N Slide Canyons - 2(3)B II(III)
Ticaboo Mesa, Utah.

Quick Facts

11-09-19, 7 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 5 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required - 4.5 to 6 hours
Distance - 0.7 miles Total, 4.9 miles Technical
Rappels - 0 Rappels, Longest downclimb 30 feet.
Elevation Range - 4050 - 3612 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - High Clearance, 4WD if bad road conditions Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

40 foot rope for in canyon assistance or pack toss for one possible pothole.  50 foot rope to set an exit rope up out of the lake if needed.  We needed no ropes on our visit but conditions do change and it is recommended to have these two ropes on hand.  Wet suits recommended as you will swim about 700 feet two times in Lake Powell.  Check the lake water temperature and level in the Lake Powel water data base prior to your trip.

General Comments

Slip N Slide Canyon route descends both forks of a small canyon where all drops can be downclimbed and end in the lake where you then swim about 700 feet in Lake Powel to where you can scramble up out of the lake, IF the lake water level is high enough. Always check the exit first! After completing one fork and the lake swim, you can hike around to descend the other fork and swim again to exit.

ALWAYS walk over and check the exit point up from the lake BEFORE you descend either of the forks. Be sure you can indeed get out or set a rope to assist if needed. If there are any doubts, set a rope to assist in exiting. A short rope will work but you will need to farm rocks to build a cairn anchor to set the rope. ALWAYS check your exit first. You have been warned. If the lake level is below 3612 feet this exit may not be possible. On our visit with Lake Powell at a level of 3612.53 feet (2019-11-09) we were able to get out with no rope but it was a definite challenge as the rock was Very slick and a bit difficult to get up the gently sloped walls.

Warning:
The exit up from the lake after Slip-N-Slide Canyons is lake level dependent. At lake level 3612 feet we were able to exit with significant effort.  Lower lake levels may prevent exit from the water.  Always go check the exit before descending Slip or Slide canyons.  Check here for Lake Powell Water Data.  The highest the lake has been was 3708.34 feet on 07-14-83.

Late summer or fall is best for this route as the surface temperature of the lake water is warmer (was 60 degrees on 2019-11-09 according to the Lake Powell Water Database).

While bantering for the day about what to call the place Chris D. called out Slip and Slidenide which later got morphed to Slip N Slide via more banter. No one seems to recall who first called it Slip N Slide but the name stuck. The south fork is Slip while the north fork is Slide.

Both forks were descended with no need for rope since there was log debris in the only pothole on the route. If the log debris were to flush out, the pothole will likely be a partner assist to get out of. In the event the pot hole scours deeper, a pack toss into a narrow crack on the other side could be used with a short rope attached. A 40-foot rope is recommended to have along in canyon in case anyone needs help or the pothole scours out and loses the helpful log debris. A second rope of about 50 feet is good to have on hand in case the exit from the lake requires a rope to be set for assistance exiting up out of the lake.

GPS or good navigation and map reading skills are recommended as the route involves about 1 mile of walking across open desert. Aiming in the right direction is important to avoid needless wandering.

The route can be mixed up in a variety of ways. The following is what worked well for us. From the parking spot, walk cross country to a weakness allowing an easy scramble down into the top of Slide Canyon. Descend the first 1000 feet of Slide Canyon to where you can easily scramble out the LDC (southeast) side. Exit Slide Canyon and walk to the lake exit and evaluate your ability to scramble up very slick rock out of the water (set a rope if needed). Return to Slide Canyon and continue down canyon about 250 feet to a large rock outcropping where you can exit on the RDC (west) side. Just before exiting Slide Canyon at the rock outcropping leave anything you do not want going in the lake with you. Route find about 1000 feet west over to the mid-section of Slip Canyon by a large sand bank. Descend Slip Canyon to a large landing where the group can put on wetsuits (If the lake is higher than 3612 feet, the landing may not be there). Drop into the lake and swim to the lake exit. After exiting the lake, route find back to Slide Canyon by the rock outcropping. Descend the remainder of Slide Canyon to the lake. Swim to the exit point and again route find back over and into Slide Canyon. Take off wetsuits, collect any gear you left then exit up out of Slide Canyon by the rock outcropping. Route find over to then along the upper portion of Slip Canyon (the upper section of Slip can be up-climbed if desired but rim walking is easier). Follow up Slip Canyon and up dirt slopes to the mesa above then route find open desert back to the parked vehicle(s).

Note:
Since this route winds in and out of both forks of this canyon, a written / verbal description can get confusing.  It is a good idea to refer to the map while reading this particular route description to help with clarity.  The waypoints listed at the bottom will also have repeated information since they are listed in the order you get to them on the route.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

Note:
There are a lot of roads in the Ticaboo Mesa area.  It is difficult to make driving directions simple so a good look at a map is recommended before driving out there the first time.

The Smith Fork area of Ticaboo can be accessed from another road farther south than the drive in described here.  That road crosses Hansen Creek and can be a rougher route in.  The route described here is over all much smoother. 

Warm The parking spot for Psychological Damage is about 10.2 miles from the high way on dirt roads.

The junction of highways 95 and 276 is about 26 miles south on highway 95 from Hanksville Utah. 

From the junction of highways 95 and 276, drive south on highway 276 for 25.6 miles to the turn off for a dirt road on the left (east) side of the road (extTicaboo1).  This exit is between mile markers 25 and 26.  Turn left (east) onto the dirt road and drive east.

About 1.5 miles down the dirt road is a junction (TicabooDP-01) to a side road on the right going south.  Turn right at this junction and drive south on a dirt road.

About 1 miles down the road will be a side road (TicabooDP-50) that leaves the main road on the left (east) then loops back to rejoin the main road about 350 feet farther.  Continue south on the main road.

About 1.2 miles farther is a side road (TicabooDP-51) that joins in from the left (east).  Continue south.

About 2.4 farther the road turns sharp left (TicabooDP-52) and goes from traveling south to now traveling southeast then east.

About 1.2 miles farther will be a side road (TicabooDP-53) joining from the right (south).  This is just before reaching Danish Knoll.  Continue east toward Danish Knoll to get to the Smith Fork area.

About 0.5 miles farther is a fork in the road (TicabooDP-54).  To get to the lower section of Smith Fork veer right and continue south east.

Note:
If you were going for canyons in the upper portion of Smith Fork you would veer left at this fork and travel east.

About 0.8 miles farther is a fork in the road (TicabooDP-55). On the way into the lower portion Smith Fork staying right is said to be a smoother drive.  Either fork can be taken as they rejoin about half a mile ahead.

About 0.5 miles farther is where the forked roads rejoin (TicabooDP-56).  Continue past this junction.

About 0.6 miles farther is another fork (TicabooDP-57).  Either fork can be taken since the road rejoins about 0.2 miles farther (TicabooDP-58)

About 0.2 miles the road drops down to cross a low point (pkSmithForkLwr).  There is a wide shallow wash crossing the road here running down to the north east.  Park here where there is plenty of level space to park off to the side of the road. 

About 0.2 miles farther is a low point in the road with a wide shallow wash (pkSmithForkLwr) crossing the road.  Continue driving south to go to Grease Monkey or Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.

Note:
You would park here to start Pothoez, Psycho D, Downward Spiral, Friends With Bennies and other canyons.

About 1 mile farther is a road junction on the right (west) at the apex of a sharp left hand bend (almost u-turn) in the road. Continue around the left hand bend and continue east along the main road.

Note:
The exit to the right (west) is a road to a large watering pond about 0.25 miles away.

About 0.5 miles farther the road makes a right bend to travel south again.

About 0.4 miles farther is where you would park to start the Grease Monkey route (pkGMonkey).  There is a shallow drainage crossing the road but no major landmarks to use for navigation. As a navigation aid for the drive in, this spot is about 380 feet before reaching a sharp right hand bend in the road.  If you you go too far and get to the bend you can also park there and to start.

Note:
This is also where you would set the exit vehicle for Friends with Bennies Canyon as it uses the same exit as Grease Monkey Canyon

To continue to Heckle and Jeckle Canyons continue to the sharp left bend in the road then another 0.25 miles to a sharp (almost u-turn) left hand bend in the road.

About 0.7 miles after the sharp left bend is a junction (TicabooDP-62).  Stay to the left (east) on the main road.

Note:
To the right (southeast) is a faint road that is less traveled but joins back with the main road about 400 feet to the south.

About 500 feet farther is a sharp right hand bend in the road (TicabooDP-64) out on a point. Continue south along the road.

About 200 feet farther is where the other end of the faint road joins back into main road (TicabooDP-66). Continue south along the road.

About 0.45 miles farther the the road begins to veer more to the west (TicabooDP-67) and pull farther away from the rim of Smith Fork crossing over shallow drainages to the west.  As the road continues west it is still in good shape but becomes a little less traveled.

About 0.7 miles farther is the parking spot for Slip-N-Slide Canyons and Heckle and Jeckle Canyons (pkHeckleJeckle) which is a parking turnout on the left (south) side of the road. The road is smooth and in pretty good shape but not well travelled. Park here to go to Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as a loop route.

Maps

GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom.  For information about waypoint naming and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Map of the drive into the route.
Map of the entire route.
Map of the technical section.

Details

The Approach to the top of Slide Canyon:
From the parking spot (pkHeckleJeckle) walk south for about 1 mile to the top of Slide Canyon aiming slightly east of south as you walk.

At the weakness (SlipNSlide01) to scramble down into the top of Slide Canyon then walk about 600 feet southwest down canyon to a short bypassable slot.

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
About 600 feet down canyon is the start of (ySlideTp) a section of easy galumphing for about 100 feet or walk around. 

About 200 feet down canyon is another section of easy galumphing (SlipNSlide02) for about 120 feet or walk around.

About 200 feet farther is the start of (SlipNSlide03) a mix of galumphing and walking.

About 600 feet down canyon the LDC side wall is low angle (SlipNSlide04EE) allowing easy scramble in or out of Slide Canyon. Before continuing down canyon, be sure to go evaluate the lake exit.

To exit Slide Canyon and go evaluate the exit from the lake, scramble up low angle slope out of Slide Canyon on the LDC (southeast) side and walk sloped slickrock contouring southeast.  After checking the lake exit return to here to begin descent of the canyon. 

About 500 feet after leaving Slide Canyon is a wide saddle like area on the crest of a slickrock ridge (SlipNSlide05).
To get down to the lake exit, continue down to the southeast.

About 550 feet farther the route passes by the head of (SlipNSlide06) a short pothole drainage. Walk around the head of this drainage then walk south down sloped slickrock about 500 feet to the waters edge (assuming lake level of 3612 feet).  Once at the waters edge, (SlipNSlide07LE) evaluate your ability to get out of the lake here. If there are any doubts, set a rope up to assist in exiting. A short rope will work but you will need to farm rocks in the area to build a cairn anchor to set the rope. If the lake level is below 3612 feet this exit may not be possible. The walls are low angle but super slick and can be very difficult to exit.  After you are sure you can exit the lake, reverse your route and drop back into Slide Canyon.

Once back in Slide Canyon after evaluating your exit from the lake (SlipNSlide04EE), continue walking and galumphing down canyon.

A little over 200 feet farther is a large outcropping on the RDC (west) side where you can scramble in or out of the canyon on the RDC (west) side. 

To exit Slide Canyon and go to Slip Canyon, scramble out of the canyon on the up-canyon side of the large rock outcropping (SlipNSlide08EE) on the RDC (west) side. Then route find west about 1000 feet into the mid section of Slip Canyon.

To enter the mid section of Slip Canyon, walk into the lower portion of Slip Canyon by a large sand bank (SlipNSlide09EE). Continue down canyon with easy bridging as the slot narrows and quickly deepens.

About 175 feet down canyon is the start of (SlipNSlide10) a downclimbing section about 250 feet long with 3 easy stem style downclimbs of about 20, 30 then 15 feet followed by easy galumphing out to a wide landing just before the two forks join (assumes lake level of 3612 feet).

Once at the landing, Change into your wetsuits then drop into the lake where the two forks join (ySlipNSlideBt) and swim to the exit point.

To exiting from the confluence of the two forks, drop into the lake (ySlipNSlideBt) and swim about 700 feet to the exit point passing a short pothole fork along the swim. The first 300 feet of the swim is in narrow slot where you can use the walls to push yourself along before getting to wide open channel.

When you get to the spot for exiting the lake (SlipNSlide07LE) scramble up out of the water then route find north about 500 feet to the top of a short pothole drainage.  Note that this scramble out is made very difficult by slick slimy rock. 

Cross over the head of the pothole drainage (SlipNSlide06) then continue northwest about 500 feet up moderately steep slickrock to a very wide saddle like area (SlipNSlide05).  then continue northwest about 500 feet to where you can scramble into the mid section of Slide Canyon.

Once back in Slide Canyon again (SlipNSlide04EE), walk and galumph down canyon about 200 feet to the large outcropping on the RDC (west) side where you can scramble in or out of the canyon on the RDC (west) side.

Continue down canyon past the rock outcropping then walk and galumph down canyon for about 300 feet to an elevator style down climb.

The elevator downclimb (SlipNSlide11) is about 25 feet with smooth walls allowing a fast smooth ride down for those who like elevator downclimbs.

About 100 feet farther is a pothole (SlipNSlide12PH) with log debris to assist in crossing. If log debris scours out this pothole may need a partner assist to get out of and into the narrow slot on the down canyon side. If the pothole scours out deeper, a pack can be tossed into the narrow crack down canyon to assist getting out.

About 80 feet farther is a debris pile of small sticks (SlipNSlide13) that we had to galumph over where all the sticks were sticking up reminding us of a Punji Pit.  As you round the corner down canyon, the slot begins to fill with water as you descend to lake level (assumes the lake is at level 3612ft). Stem down into the water and begin the swing to the lake exit.

The Exit:
Once again, swim about 700 feet in the lake to the lake exit point again (SlipNSlide07LE).

Scramble up out of the lake then route find north about 500 feet to the top of a short pothole drainage (SlipNSlide06). 

Go around the head of the pothole drainage and continue northwest about 500 feet up moderately steep slickrock to a very wide saddle like area.

From the saddle like area (SlipNSlide05) continue northwest about 500 feet to where you can scramble into the mid section of Slide Canyon.

Once back in Slide Canyon (SlipNSlide04EE) walk and galumph down canyon about 200 feet to the large rock outcropping on the RDC side.

From the large rock outcropping (SlipNSlide08EE) scramble out of the canyon on the up-canyon side of the large rock outcropping on the RDC (west) side. Then route find west toward the wide open portions of Slip Canyon.

Turn left and walk north up Slip Canyon.  A few hundred feet up canyon is the bottom of a 300 foot long narrow section (SlipNSlide14).  This slot can optionally be traveled up but will involve a 30 foot stem upclimb in a sloped slot.  Or you can easily walk around on the right (east) side to the top (SlipNSlide15) of this narrow section.

About 100 feet up canyon the top of the slickrock drainage ends (ySlipTp) just before you get to the base of dirt slopes. 

Route find your way north about 700 feet up the dirt slopes to rolling desert (SlipNSlide16).   Routefind north a little over 1 mile back to the parking spot (pkHeckleJeckle).  The vehicles will not be in view for a while and good map reading or GPS skills will help keep you on track. 

GPS Waypoint Information

GPX Files Available for DOWNLOAD.
Downloadable GPX files for many of the canyons listed here are now available at the BG-Gear Store.  In addition to the waypoints, the GPX files also offer routes and tracks for the canyon.  Over time more GPX files will be added.

If you want to avoid manually adding waypoints into your GPS or mapping software, want the additional routes and tracks or simply want to support the efforts put into BluuGnome, head over to the BG-Gear Store and grab the files that interest you.

Elevations are approximate.  Waypoints with no elevation data will display NaN in place of the elevation.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

Notes for GPS information:
BEFORE
entering coordinates from this website, please ensure your system (GPS or mapping software) is set to the same datum used here.  Waypoint coordinates are listed with WGS84 datum and in Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd° format.  Entering coordinate information with inconsistent datum's can result in the waypoints being off by hundreds of feet.  It is important to keep this in mind when entering waypoints from any source.

Slip-N-Slide (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. exTicaboo1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69720   W -110.67138        Elev: 4,520 Feet
    Exit off of highway 276 onto BLM road 13400 to get to the Ticaboo Mesa area. Turn east and leave the highway on a dirt road. Near Mile post 25.
  2. TicabooDP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68607   W -110.65188        Elev: NaN Feet
    Continue straight for the main area of Ticaboo Mesa. Or Turn right (south) here for an alternate route over toward the Smith Fork Canyons.
  3. TicabooDP-50          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67376   W -110.65978        Elev: NaN Feet
    A road that makes a small loop off of the main road and rejoins about 350 feet farther. Continue south.
  4. TicabooDP-51          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65940   W -110.66933        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side road joins in from the left (east). Continue south to continue to the Smith Fork area.
  5. TicabooDP-52          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.63310   W -110.69364        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road into Smith Fork area turns sharp left from south to east.
  6. TicabooDP-53          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.62164   W -110.68041        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side road joins in from the right (south). Continue east to get to the Smith Fork Area. Turning right (south) will take you down toward Hansen Creek on a road marked as 13410.
  7. TicabooDP-54          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.62069   W -110.67088        Elev: 4,212 Feet
    Fork in the road. On the drive in veer left and drive east toward the upper portion of Smith Fork or veer right and drive southeast toward the lower poriton of Smith Fork.
  8. TicabooDP-55          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.61251   W -110.66280        Elev: NaN Feet
    Fork in the road. Eitehr works but staying right at the fork is smoother travel toward Psycho D.
  9. TicabooDP-56          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60612   W -110.66243        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction where the roads that forked on the way in - rejoin.
  10. TicabooDP-57          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60168   W -110.65488        Elev: 4,178 Feet
    Fork in the road where the road splits for a short distance then rejoins shortly after.
  11. TicabooDP-58          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.60169   W -110.65166        Elev: 4,118 Feet
    Road rejoins here after the previous fork on the drive in.
  12. pkSmithForkLwr          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59944   W -110.64949        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Low point in the road with a wide shallow wash crossing the road. Park here to start Pothoez, Psycho D, Downward Spiral, Friends With Bennies and other canyons. Continue driving south to go to Grease Monkey or Heckle and Jeckle Canyons.
  13. exTicaOasis          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.59049   W -110.65421        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road junction on the right (west) at the apex of a sharp left hand bend (almost u-turn) in the road. Continue around the left hand bend and continue east along the main road. Exit to the right (west) is a road to a large watering pond about 0.25 miles away.
  14. pkGMonkey          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58551   W -110.64553        Elev: 4,130 Feet
    Park here for Grease Monkey Canyon or to set an exit vehicle for Friends With Bennies Canyon. There is a shallow drainage crossing the road but no major landmarks to use for navigation. As a navigation aid for the drive in, this spot is about 380 feet before reaching a sharp right hand bend in the road. To go to Wet Monkey Canyon walk east following down a shallow drainage.
  15. TicabooDP-62          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58252   W -110.64064        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction in the road. Stay to the left (east) on the main road. Note: To the right (southeast) is a faint road that is less traveled but joins back with the main road about 400 feet to the south.
  16. TicabooDP-64          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58202   W -110.63904        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sharp right hand bend in the road out on a point. Continue south along the road.
  17. TicabooDP-66          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.58170   W -110.63970        Elev: NaN Feet
    Other end of the faint road joining back into main road here. Continue south along the road.
  18. TicabooDP-67          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57619   W -110.64061        Elev: NaN Feet
    The road begins to veer more to the west and pull farther away from the rim of Smith Fork crossing over shallow drainages to the west. As the road continues west it is still in good shape but becomes a little less traveled.
  19. pkHeckleJeckle          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57116   W -110.64721        Elev: 4,050 Feet
    Parking turnout on the left (south) for Heckle and Jeckle Canyons. The road is smooth and in pretty good shape but not well travelled. To go to Heckel and Jeckle Canyons, hike southeast across rolling desert for about 0.32 miles to the top of the cliff band overlooking Heckle Canyon and look for a weakness to scramble down. To go to Slip-N-Slide Canyons walk south for about 1 mile to the top of Slide Canyon aiming slightly east of south as you walk.
Slip-N-Slide (2) - Entire Route
  1. pkHeckleJeckle          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57116   W -110.64721        Elev: 4,050 Feet
    Parking turnout on the left (south) for Heckle and Jeckle Canyons. The road is smooth and in pretty good shape but not well travelled. To go to Heckel and Jeckle Canyons, hike southeast across rolling desert for about 0.32 miles to the top of the cliff band overlooking Heckle Canyon and look for a weakness to scramble down. To go to Slip-N-Slide Canyons walk south for about 1 mile to the top of Slide Canyon aiming slightly east of south as you walk.
  2. SlipNSlide01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55779   W -110.64395        Elev: NaN Feet
    Weakness to scramble down into the top of Slide Canyon then walk about 600 feet south west down canyon to a short bypassable slot.
  3. ySlideTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55618   W -110.64471        Elev: 3,920 Feet
    Top of Slide Canyon. Start of a section of easy galumphing for about 100 feet or walk around.
  4. SlipNSlide02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55575   W -110.64530        Elev: NaN Feet
    Section of easy galumphing for about 120 feet or walk around.
  5. SlipNSlide03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55546   W -110.64597        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a mix of galumphing and walking.
  6. SlipNSlide04EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55407   W -110.64678        Elev: NaN Feet
    LDC side wall is low angle allowing easy scramble in or out of Slide Canyon. Before continuing down canyon, be sure to go evaluate the lake exit. After checking the lake exit return to here to begin descent of the canyon. To go evaluate the exit from the lake, scramble up low angle slope out of Slide Canyon on the LDC (southeast) side and walk sloped slickrock contouring southeast. To continue down canyon walk and galumph down canyon.
  7. SlipNSlide05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55296   W -110.64583        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide saddle like area on the crest of a slickrock ridge. To get down to the lake exit, continue down to the southeast. To return to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet to where you can scramble into the mid section of Slide Canyon.
  8. SlipNSlide06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55212   W -110.64440        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route passes by the head of a short pothole drainage. On the way down to look at the exit from the lake, walk around the head of this drainage then walk south down sloped slickrock about 500 feet to the waters edge On the way out of the lake back to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet up moderately steep slickrock to a very wide saddle like area.
  9. SlipNSlide07LE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55080   W -110.64489        Elev: 3,612 Feet
    Exit up out of the lake here when the lake is at 3612 feet or above. Note that this scramble out is made very difficult by slick slimy rock. If examining the exit prior to descending Slipe or Slide Canyons, evaluate your ability to get out of the lake here. If there are any doubts, set a rope up to assist in exiting. A short rope will work but you will need to farm rocks in the area to build a cairn anchor to set the rope. If the lake level is below 3612 feet this exit may not be possible. The walls are low angle but super slick and can be very difficult to exit. If exiting from the lake after descending Slip or Slide Canyons, scramble up out of the lake then route find north about 500 feet to the top of a short pothole drainage.
  10. SlipNSlide06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55212   W -110.64440        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route passes by the head of a short pothole drainage. On the way down to look at the exit from the lake, walk around the head of this drainage then walk south down sloped slickrock about 500 feet to the waters edge On the way out of the lake back to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet up moderately steep slickrock to a very wide saddle like area.
  11. SlipNSlide05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55296   W -110.64583        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide saddle like area on the crest of a slickrock ridge. To get down to the lake exit, continue down to the southeast. To return to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet to where you can scramble into the mid section of Slide Canyon.
  12. SlipNSlide04EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55407   W -110.64678        Elev: NaN Feet
    LDC side wall is low angle allowing easy scramble in or out of Slide Canyon. Before continuing down canyon, be sure to go evaluate the lake exit. After checking the lake exit return to here to begin descent of the canyon. To go evaluate the exit from the lake, scramble up low angle slope out of Slide Canyon on the LDC (southeast) side and walk sloped slickrock contouring southeast. To continue down canyon walk and galumph down canyon.
  13. SlipNSlide08EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55339   W -110.64688        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large outcropping on the RDC (west) side where you can scramble in or out of the canyon on the RDC (west) side. To exit Slide Canyon and go to Slip Canyon, scramble out of the canyon on the up-canyon side of the large rock outcropping on the RDC (west) side. Then route find west about 1000 feet into the mid section of Slip Canyon. To continue canyon, walk and galumph for about 300 feet to an elevator style down climb.
  14. SlipNSlide09EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55131   W -110.64844        Elev: NaN Feet
    Walk into the lower portion of Slip Canyon here by a large sand bank. Continue down canyon with easy bridging as the slot narrows and quickly deepens.
  15. SlipNSlide10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55126   W -110.64776        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a downclimbing section about 250 feet long with 3 easy stem style downclimbs of about 20, 30 then 15 feet followed by easy galumphing out to a wide landing just before the two forks join (assumes lake level of 3612 feet).
  16. ySlipNSlideBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55167   W -110.64692        Elev: 3,612 Feet
    Bottom of Slip N Slide Canyons where the two forks join. If coming down Slip Canyon, there is a large landing where you can change into wetsuits before starting the exit swim. If coming down Slide Canyon does not offer a good wetsuit changing area. Swim about 700 feet to the exit point passing a short pothole fork along the swim. The first 300 feet of the swim is in narrow slot where you can use the walls to push yourself along before getting to wide open channel.
  17. SlipNSlide07LE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55080   W -110.64489        Elev: 3,612 Feet
    Exit up out of the lake here when the lake is at 3612 feet or above. Note that this scramble out is made very difficult by slick slimy rock. If examining the exit prior to descending Slipe or Slide Canyons, evaluate your ability to get out of the lake here. If there are any doubts, set a rope up to assist in exiting. A short rope will work but you will need to farm rocks in the area to build a cairn anchor to set the rope. If the lake level is below 3612 feet this exit may not be possible. The walls are low angle but super slick and can be very difficult to exit. If exiting from the lake after descending Slip or Slide Canyons, scramble up out of the lake then route find north about 500 feet to the top of a short pothole drainage.
  18. SlipNSlide06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55212   W -110.64440        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route passes by the head of a short pothole drainage. On the way down to look at the exit from the lake, walk around the head of this drainage then walk south down sloped slickrock about 500 feet to the waters edge On the way out of the lake back to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet up moderately steep slickrock to a very wide saddle like area.
  19. SlipNSlide05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55296   W -110.64583        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide saddle like area on the crest of a slickrock ridge. To get down to the lake exit, continue down to the southeast. To return to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet to where you can scramble into the mid section of Slide Canyon.
  20. SlipNSlide04EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55407   W -110.64678        Elev: NaN Feet
    LDC side wall is low angle allowing easy scramble in or out of Slide Canyon. Before continuing down canyon, be sure to go evaluate the lake exit. After checking the lake exit return to here to begin descent of the canyon. To go evaluate the exit from the lake, scramble up low angle slope out of Slide Canyon on the LDC (southeast) side and walk sloped slickrock contouring southeast. To continue down canyon walk and galumph down canyon.
  21. SlipNSlide08EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55339   W -110.64688        Elev: NaN Feet
    Large outcropping on the RDC (west) side where you can scramble in or out of the canyon on the RDC (west) side. To exit Slide Canyon and go to Slip Canyon, scramble out of the canyon on the up-canyon side of the large rock outcropping on the RDC (west) side. Then route find west about 1000 feet into the mid section of Slip Canyon. To continue canyon, walk and galumph for about 300 feet to an elevator style down climb.
  22. SlipNSlide11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55252   W -110.64709        Elev: NaN Feet
    Elevator downclimb of about 25 feet with smooth walls allowing a fast smooth ride down for those who like elevator downclimbs.
  23. SlipNSlide12PH          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55224   W -110.64717        Elev: NaN Feet
    Pothole with log debris to assist in crossing. If log debris scours out this pothole may need a partner assist to get out of and into the narrow slot on the down canyon side. If the pothole scours out deeper, a pack can be tossed into the narrow crack down canyon to assist getting out.
  24. SlipNSlide13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55202   W -110.64719        Elev: NaN Feet
    A debris pile of small sticks that we had to galumph over where all the sticks were sticking up reminding us of a Punji Pit. As you round the corner down canyon, the slot begins to fill with water as you descend to lake level (assumes the lake is at level 3612ft). Stem down into the water and begin the swing to the lake exit.
  25. ySlipNSlideBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55167   W -110.64692        Elev: 3,612 Feet
    Bottom of Slip N Slide Canyons where the two forks join. If coming down Slip Canyon, there is a large landing where you can change into wetsuits before starting the exit swim. If coming down Slide Canyon does not offer a good wetsuit changing area. Swim about 700 feet to the exit point passing a short pothole fork along the swim. The first 300 feet of the swim is in narrow slot where you can use the walls to push yourself along before getting to wide open channel.
  26. SlipNSlide07LE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55080   W -110.64489        Elev: 3,612 Feet
    Exit up out of the lake here when the lake is at 3612 feet or above. Note that this scramble out is made very difficult by slick slimy rock. If examining the exit prior to descending Slipe or Slide Canyons, evaluate your ability to get out of the lake here. If there are any doubts, set a rope up to assist in exiting. A short rope will work but you will need to farm rocks in the area to build a cairn anchor to set the rope. If the lake level is below 3612 feet this exit may not be possible. The walls are low angle but super slick and can be very difficult to exit. If exiting from the lake after descending Slip or Slide Canyons, scramble up out of the lake then route find north about 500 feet to the top of a short pothole drainage.
  27. SlipNSlide06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55212   W -110.64440        Elev: NaN Feet
    Route passes by the head of a short pothole drainage. On the way down to look at the exit from the lake, walk around the head of this drainage then walk south down sloped slickrock about 500 feet to the waters edge On the way out of the lake back to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet up moderately steep slickrock to a very wide saddle like area.
  28. SlipNSlide05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55296   W -110.64583        Elev: NaN Feet
    Wide saddle like area on the crest of a slickrock ridge. To get down to the lake exit, continue down to the southeast. To return to Slide Canyon, continue northwest about 500 feet to where you can scramble into the mid section of Slide Canyon.
  29. SlipNSlide04EE          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55407   W -110.64678        Elev: NaN Feet
    LDC side wall is low angle allowing easy scramble in or out of Slide Canyon. Before continuing down canyon, be sure to go evaluate the lake exit. After checking the lake exit return to here to begin descent of the canyon. To go evaluate the exit from the lake, scramble up low angle slope out of Slide Canyon on the LDC (southeast) side and walk sloped slickrock contouring southeast. To continue down canyon walk and galumph down canyon.
  30. SlipNSlide14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55237   W -110.64959        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom end of a narrow slot you can galumph up then upclimb the top.
  31. SlipNSlide15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55315   W -110.65008        Elev: NaN Feet
    Easy upclimb or downclimb of about 30 feet in sloped narrow v-slot.
  32. ySlipTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55353   W -110.64985        Elev: 3,890 Feet
    Top of Slip Canyon. Down canyon of here is galumphing or rim walk on the LDC (east) side.
  33. SlipNSlide16          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.55562   W -110.65066        Elev: 3,950 Feet
    Up on open desert above the top of Slip Canyon. To return to your vehicle, routefind north a little over 1 mile back to the parking spot. The vehicles will not be in view for a while and good map reading or GPS skills will help keep you on track.
  34. pkHeckleJeckle          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.57116   W -110.64721        Elev: 4,050 Feet
    Parking turnout on the left (south) for Heckle and Jeckle Canyons. The road is smooth and in pretty good shape but not well travelled. To go to Heckel and Jeckle Canyons, hike southeast across rolling desert for about 0.32 miles to the top of the cliff band overlooking Heckle Canyon and look for a weakness to scramble down. To go to Slip-N-Slide Canyons walk south for about 1 mile to the top of Slide Canyon aiming slightly east of south as you walk.