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Difficulty II-III
Length 16 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 03/24/2009 10:24 pm

River Description


chris goble shared:

Most of the river is Class I+. The challenge is mainly to keep from hitting the cliff walls that the run goes by. There are 3 rapids that I can remember. The first two are easy II and the last is a shallow boulder garden that runs for a 100m or so before a turn and some medium sized waves. Class II+ or III-. This is one of the prettiest rivers I have seen. There is a small playspot for kayaks about 50m below the put in bridge. The majority of the run is distinguished by the spectacular canyons it goes through. The first canyon is fairly wide open with fairly low walls. Another section has extremely tall cliffsbut is still fairly open. The last section reminds me of a flooded slot canyon in Utah. It is very windy with cliffs extending right into the river.

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chris goble
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12 years ago

Most of the river is Class I+. The challenge is mainly to keep from hitting the cliff walls that the run goes by. There are 3 rapids that I can remember. The first two are easy II and the last is a shallow boulder garden that runs for a 100m or so before a turn and some medium sized waves. Class II+ or III-. This is one of the prettiest rivers I have seen. There is a small playspot for kayaks about 50m below the put in bridge. The majority of the run is distinguished by the spectacular canyons it goes through. The first canyon is fairly wide open with fairly low walls. Another section has extremely tall cliffsbut is still fairly open. The last section reminds me of a flooded slot canyon in Utah. It is very windy with cliffs extending right into the river.

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Eric Meyers
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8 months ago

This is a fun stretch of river. Popular for fishing rigs. Ran it today at about 900, I've run it at 275---you wouldn't want to try it much lower than that. There are three rapids on the section. I'll disagree with the earlier comment slightly. The first rapid is a blink-and-you'll miss it. But the second rapid is the most significant on the run. It comes a little less than halfway down, on a right-hand bend on the river. It's easy to scout from river left. The rapid is a fairly straightforward boulder garden with a hole at the bottom (river right), but if there's a class III rapid on this stretch, it's the second, not the third. We've seen a canoe wrapped on the big pillow rock in the middle of this rapid, but it was gone today. The third rapid is about three-quarters of the way down and is, to my mind, easier than the second. It's on a leftward bend in the river at the base of a long cliff band.

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