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Old 07-15-2008   #1
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Anybody ever run Elk Creek (Animas trib)?

Has anyone ever paddled this one?

Joins the Upper A about 5 miles below Silverton.

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Old 07-15-2008   #2
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I Doubt it, seems pretty manky. John Brennan would know (keel).


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Old 07-16-2008   #3
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Elk Creek

Actually the creek isn't too manky at all. The boulder gardens are quality, but only class III-IV at most.

We ran the last mile to 1 1/2 miles this season. There are some wood portages right now, but not bad. There is a true gorge right at the end.

Some scrambling for eddies above the wood, but otherwise fun and fast water.

I prefer Canyon Ck - or Needle - but I was just curious if anyone had ever dropped into Elk before or if they'd gone farther up.

Love the San Juans,
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