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Old 06-10-2007   #1
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Bailey Trip Report

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Old 06-10-2007   #2
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Hey El Flaco,

Thanks for the update! Like the man said. . . Don't park on the right side of the put in. If the sign says don't do it. . . well. . .don't do it you moron!! Keep it real for the rest of the people that have been paddling Bailey's for the last 10 years or so and those who will soon explore it's loveliness. Remember to be empathetic to all those that enjoy the river. Yes even those tubers!!


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Old 06-10-2007   #3
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Bailey was a great on Saturday. Clear skies and fun times. Good to meet up with you Brad, from Durango, on our second lap. The increase in flow definitely made the run alot of fun and kept us movin'.

Farmer's Union has always been very supportive of boaters from the discussions I have had with the property managers.

Be safe and have fun ... seems like Bailey is going to give a rockin' season for us this year. Get on it!
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