I went to scout this trail and the gear that would be needed today, Sep 30 2017. I am glad that I did. As previously mentioned you will need rappel gear, 150' rope, rappel device, and harness. A wet suit is at your discretion, but I would for sure bring water shoes or a second pair of boots as well as a waterproofing bag. Now that being said when I went today there was not much water there and what was there was stagnant. Covered in scum and rotting plant life, there was no clear running water. If I had all the gear I probably would have opted out and gone another time, maybe after winter or some good rainfall. Also as previously mentioned there were a lot of wasps at the entrance and exit to the canyon, I think it might be the water they are after. None the less if you hate bug or are allergic this might not be your trail. Once you get near the canyon the entrance is not well marked and there is a cattle fence blocking the trail that you need to open and let yourself through. Once the trail turn from red dirt to grey silt stay to the left, that is the enterence. If you go right it takes you to the exit of the canyon. Hope this helps and can be of some help. Stay safe.

hiking
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5 months ago

This was an absolutely wonderful canyon to go through. We went through in early May, and the water level and weather was perfect. We wore 3mm full wetsuits, and they kept us at the perfect temperature. The hike into the canyon is easy-- about 2 miles downhill. Once you enter the canyon, you have roughly a mile of wading/swimming. Be sure to bring gloves, river shoes/neoprene socks, helmets (as the waters can be rough - you dont want to hit your head!), and a dry bag for your gear. You WILL be completely submerged for at least part of this trek. There are no technical canyoneering skills required until the very end. You will need to be sure and bring a harnass, at least 100 feet of rope, a biner, and a belay device. You will have to rappel down a 40ft waterfall to exit the canyon. When we were there, the water level was high enough to jump, and some people were jumping (we rappelled), but be aware that the water level might not be high enough to jump. So, you need to come prepared to rappel just in case. If you don't, there is a good chance you could get stuck with no way out! I think mid-spring (April/May/June) is the best time to go through the Jug as the water is high enough but not too high. Also, less risk of monsoon. The only part about this canyon I didn't enjoy were the wasps - there were a bunch of wasps towards the beginning of the route drinking from the pools. If you are allergic, be sure to bring you Epipen just in case!

ProTip- when you turn off the highway onto A-Cross road, you will drive across a stream. If you are comfortable crossing the stream in your vehicle, the water levels in the canyon are probably safe. If not, the water levels are not safe and you should try again another day!

This was a beautiful trail not very difficult at the beginning but on the way back be ready for all up hill. Painful but definitely worth it!

Great hike but pretty difficult. The trail was overgrown and narrow on the final descent into the hole, so I would recommend pants and sleeves. I recommend this one for experienced hikers only.

Great hike, not many people at all. It's clean, didn't see a single piece of trash. Took 7 hrs total.

backpacking
6 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

Great backpacking trip with a Boy Scout Venture Crew. Parts of the trail are a little overgrown but never missed the trail. It seemed like the mileage may be off a little but overall a good trip. Lots of water from winter runoff made for beautiful streams and waterfalls

this trail was a lot of fun.

Over grown in areas but very easy to stay on trail despite not much maintenance on it. Once down there, we were able to make it down part of Salome Creek, but it just rained and water was flowing pretty good and far too cold this time of year to purposefully go swimming. excellent places to set up camp by the water, but easy to make it just a day trip as well. whole trip took us a total of 7 hours with hanging out at the creek for about 2 hours.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fun. Bring water. I'd also bring a rope and some type of harness. There was a line to use but weather may one day make it loose it's strength

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Great hike! Easy to get off trail at bottom so keep your eyes wide open.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

on Hell's Hole Trail

hiking
Sunday, March 29, 2015

When you see the sign Reynolds Creek Group Site or Reynolds Trailhead you are in the right place. The start of Hell's Hole is just a short walk up the road from the Reynolds Trailhead sign. Lots of bristly over growth on second half of this trail so pants will make for a more comfortable experience. Start with steady inclines and declines for about 1 hour before you get to a plateau that seems like it might be a usually muddy area but was dry when I went. After about 15 minutes of this you decend down some very long, steep switchbacks which will eventually get you to the bottom, Hell's Hole. Nice pools of water to wade in, surrounded by ginormous boulders. You will be glad if you take a dip because the hike back out is strenuous! I do not recommend trying this hike in the late spring or summer. It was 88 degrees when I did it and already too warm for the level of exertion this hike demands. 12 miles out and back took me about 6.5 hours

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This hike was amazing! Once you reach the river it's lots of swimming, water slides and beautiful rock formations around you. At the very end of this hike, you will want be prepared for a 40 foot drop. Sometimes the water is high enough to jump, but most of the time you will need to rappel down with rock climbing equipment. This hike took us all day from driving to it to driving home, the hike itself took roughly 5 hours to complete but well worth my day!