A few notes.
2 very gnarly rapids that are generally portaged. First is about a mile into action, second is a little ways after birds nest, usually at the start of the second day.
The 30 footer was run on 5/13/2012 by Craig Phillips, and then run a second time by Tom Janney.
It is a nice run to take your time and do in two days, but an allstar crew with a shuttle bunny could do it in one.
There is a lot of water that flows in the canyon, you could tell by the giant trees 30 feet up the banks, the rapids are changing from moving boulders. All in all though most things can be seen from upstream, when in doubt get out! When it looks like a big horizon you are generally at the portages. Only two log portages but who knows what can lurk in this run (its done rarely). I it was 3 years between runs, now that the 30 footer goes I would say it will get much more popular!
EDIT:Gauge info- Take 1/2 of what is in the Rio Chama at La Puente. Possibly a little lower than half, you want something in the 300-500 range for less bumpy and good class V.
Visual at take-out. 150 to 300 cfs is optimal.
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