For those of you who are planning to hit Bailey in the next few weeks, here's a quick update. There was a pretty wide discrepancy between the Pine gauge and the Bailey gauge, which was explained by lots of water coming down Craig Creek (before the Canyon) and Deer Creek. Made for a sucy 2d half of the run. Also- there has been a little bit of wood moving around. For the most part there isn't anything dangerous, but some items to be aware of:
- The log that has blocked the left line of the 3rd drop of Four Falls is now gone- Corey W. took the honors of breaking in the new line today for the first time since the log crammed in there. Its absence makes the Four Falls rapid a whole lot safer; you can drop the 2nd fall and head left for a direct line through the last two drops.
- There is a small diameter log in the left side of the S-turn in 1st Steeps. It doesn't seem to be an immediate hazard, but sweeping into that rock might hang you up. Stay in the channel and you'll avoid it.
- There's a river-wide tree down just around the corner from Max- you can duck it on the far left, but I imagine that it'll get tougher as the water gets higher. If you're scouting Max, walk a little further and check out the tree. Lots of branches.
One more thing. PARKING.
There were a bunch of cars at the put-in after our run, and there was one Subaru wagon with stackers and a bike parked on the right side (about 20 feet in front of the sign saying to 'park only on the left'). Whoever you are- please remember that the Farmer's Union does NOT have to grant us access to that put in, and when you don't follow their simple rules you
will jeopardize this for everyone. If there's not enough room to park on the left, you can park up on the road at a pullout.