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Old 05-21-2007   #1
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Almost in Colorado! Where to boat tomarrow?

I'm arriving in Boulder around 10:00 tommarrow morning. My friend and I are looking to do a quick run near Boulder. I just checked the gauges and I wanted to get your opinion on which run would be best at the current flows. I'm interested in either alto-alto, dumont, upper clear creek, or lower clear creek. I want to start the trip with an easier class 3-4 run.

Alto-alto is 509 cfs
Dumont is 615 cfs
Upper and Lower clear creek are 910 cfs

What would be the best run to start with at the current flows?


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Old 05-21-2007   #2
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Hey Ethan. If you want to stick close to Boulder the Lower Boulder Canyon run (4 miles) is a good level. Just ran it on Sat. Brian

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Old 05-21-2007   #3
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If you're looking for an easier class 3-4 run.

In my opinion, head to the poudre or maybe hit up Boulder Creek through town.

Alto-Alto is probably easiest of those 4 runs and at current flows it can be intimidating if you are looking for mostly class 3. Also closest to Boulder.

Dumont, upper & lower are pretty solid class 4 runs with some ugly rocks if you don't keep it top side.

Have a good trip.

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Old 05-21-2007   #4
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how is the dumont run a "solid class IV"? following that logic the lawson section must be IV+? dumont MIGHT have a class IV, outer limits, but the rest is III/ III+. and dumont is easier than alto, alto SBC, upper, lower and boulder canyon in my more often than not sandbagged opinion.

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Old 05-21-2007   #5
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I think most folks think of dumont/lawson as being the same thing. At this flow the bigger drops above the hole are definately IV at least, but I agree, on all but alto alto being harder.

I think lower CC would be a decent choice, easy roadside scouting & probably the easiest run in the bunch to feel confident with what you're running. Or Poudre like Cliff said.
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Old 05-22-2007   #6
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Vayaker, I' be happy to show you down boulder town, the canyon or lower cleer creek. I'm at 303-444-6462
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Old 05-22-2007   #7
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For a "quick run near Boulder" in the III-IV range, you can't beat lower Boulder canyon.

Soon after you enter the canyon, with the creek on your right, pull over and check out the Elephant Buttress rapid to see if it's more than you want to bite off, cuz that's about as hard as it's gonna get. If you're OK with that, then just drive up the canyon 4-5 miles, find a place to park and paddle down to the kayak park in town.

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are you talking about paddling weds? If so, I'm off work by noonish and hoping to run lower clear creek in the early afternoon. I agree that the run is more IVish @ this level, so if you want III I'd look elsewhere, probably clear creek from Kermits down.
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Old 05-22-2007   #9
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I second the Poudre.. Lots of different sections of river that offer everything from class 2 to class 5+ right now. Just pick and choose.
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Old 05-22-2007   #10
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This cracks me up. Of the four runs he asked about, someone has said each is the easiest. I wish there was a little more consensus as I'd like to run them all and am not sure which to start on.

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