Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
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Slickhorn is a must for Cedar Mesa hikers. After 5 different trips to Cedar Mesa, I have finally seen this canyon. We hiked it from the head at access 1 all the way to the San Juan River then hiked up the San Juan to Johns Canyon and back to our car for a 4 day 50+ mile loop (not that difficult). Upper Slickhorn is typical canyon walking with many small ruins tucked away in the rim and walls. This eTrail overstates the large pouroff which is easily bypassed via a long traversing route starting on the left as you look over the pouroff (look for ruins across canyon from the traverse route). You will probably use your hands to brace yourself and descend over some ledges, but if you are a healthy hiker, you will not find it difficult. Remember that slickrock has great friction when dry, but is slick when wet. Middle Slickhorn Canyon is deep like Grand Gulch and the bottom is even deeper like lower Dark Canyon. We did a side trip up Slickhorn 6 which is highly recommended for the ruins a mile or so up from the confluence. We camped our first night at that confluence with 6 (a.k.a. Trail Canyon).
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