Taylor River Canyon, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|TAYLOR RIVER AT ALMONT, CO.|
|usgs-09110000||400 - 3000 cfs||II-IV||00h33m||599 cfs (running)|
|Optimal flows: 500 - 1400 cfs. Flow information for this section corresponds to data from the 2013 Gunnison River Flow Study.|
The Taylor is a stunning river. Beautiful alpine scenery, a boulder strewn course through the pines whitewater at different levels.
The great thing about the Taylor is options.
The top reasonably boatable section (there are serious access problems above here) begins at Lottis Creek Campground. The first rapid; Lottis Creek, appears immediately. It is a long Class IV boulder garden. Next comes several miles of rock gardens alternating with more placid sections. Todd's Slot is the best known drop on the river and is a technical class IV- or IV rapid. It is a bit complex and has killed so take a look.
Below Todd's slot are miles of beautiful continous class III mountain water to the takeout by the Bridge right above a resort (can't remember the name).
Below this bridge to Almont the river steadly decreases in gradient until it is a placid class II stream where it meets the East River at Almont to form the Gunnison River.
The top miles below Lottis Creek drop at about 80 fpm with the gradient steadly decreasing to 20 fpm at Almont.
This is a trophy trout stream so it has constant releases all summer to maintain the fishery.
Watch for wood, espicialy given the fast pace of the water. Very woody run.
There are serious access issues because of all the big trout fisherman houses along the banks but access is certainly possible at several good locations.
The Taylor is a superb Beginner (near Almont), intermediate (below Todd's slot) and advanced (from Lottis Creek) river and will have water when most everything else is dry.
Flow Updates: Taylor, Black Canyon, Gunnison Gorge
June 19, 2013
Q&A with KEEN raffle winner Amanda C
October 8, 2013
Gunnison Flow Study: Success, Next steps underway
October 14, 2013