Silver Grotto Canyon can be explored from Shinumo Wash camp or as a multi-hour canyoneering journey. For those looking to explore the canyon out of camp, simply hike to the mouth and scramble as high as you can go. You will run into deep pools of water quickly, so bring a drysuit or wetsuit if you intend on wading.
For those intending to canyoneer the easiest approach from Silver Grotto is by boating downstream to a small beach on river left just above Fence Fault Rapid that functions as a trailhead to the top of the canyon. This plan works when part of a group canyoneers, and the rest remains at Shinumo Wash. If you are looking for detailed instructions on how to run the canyon, we recommend purchasing Tom Martin’s Grand Canyoneering book here.
Silver Grotto Canyon is a gem of the GC – if you get the opportunity to canyoneer it, make sure you do!
Hiking from the river to the top of the canyon.
River guides don’t like getting wet.
An example of the types of anchors found in Silver Grotto.
One of the pool drops in the Grotto.