This was the most intriguing hike we have done during our last trip to Utah. This is not a hike for fainthearted. And you should be well prepared and well informed about it before you do it. The best would be to read the latest edition of “Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau” by Michael R. Kelsey and browse the internet for more info. There are huge boulders in the canyon before you get to the Black Hole and it takes time to maneuver. The water is freezing cold. We recorded the water temperature in the Black Hole 13 degrees Celsius.
When you get to the parking lot you will see a board with a warning. A group of hikers crashed the glass and placed a handwritten letter in the lower right hand corner of the board. In that letter dated May 2011 they described the hiking conditions of the canyon.
After you descend to the Lower White Canyon the hike is easy and photogenic.
Then you start to encounter large boulders and come across pools that you will have to swim or wade.
After some rappelling you get to pools you have to swim through and the darkest part of the canyon called the Black Hole.
After you swim through the Black Hole and if you still need more adventure take the first route out of the Canyon, which has some steep walls and difficult climbing. Or if you have enough for a day take a second easy route out. Do not discard any water you have to carry while swimming in the Black Hole. You might think you are sick of even seeing water but you will need it for the hike back to the car which is about 2 miles along the highway.
If you are interested in learning more about the Black Hole check out our video soon.