Piedra - 02. 1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra CG


Piedra, Colorado, US

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02. 1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra CG (First Box Canyon)

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles

First Box Canyon, Piedra River


First Box Canyon, Piedra River
Photo of Craig Blakemore by Mark Blakemore

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
PIEDRA RIVER NEAR ARBOLES, CO.
usgs-09349800 400 - 3500 cfs III-V 01h09m 57.3 cfs (too low)


River Description

This is a great class IV+ to V run. To reach the put in, drive up the first fork road just East of where highway 160 crosses the river. The takeout is up this road also, just before the road leaves the river. If the gate is closed, you will have to run the upper section as well and do the long shuttle thing.

This run changed due to the flooding of 2005, and now the 2nd mudslide rock has 'opened up' a bit to make it slightly easier. Always scout this and consider portage or lining on the right and watch for wood!


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-04-19 12:06:20

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