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Old 04-04-2005   #1
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Best class-IV -IV+ rivers in Colorado this summer??

Willing to run some V's but don't won't a solid V non sop V kind of river.

Planning another trip out west this summer. We will be in Colorado mid June. What's the best 4-4+ runs we should make sure we hit. Trying to do some new stuff. Last year we did Boulder creek, South boulder, Bailey, parts of clear creek..ect..

I was thinking about the Gunnison area but not real sure...


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upper animas at high water is pretty special

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Upper Animas is sweet. Also the 3rd Gorge of lime is a SWEET class 4+ creek, the 1st gorge of lime is also class 4+,5-. Lots to run in the Durango area and we are going to have a killer runoff. You should defiantly come to the western slope this year. Hit Gunny and Durango
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I would take you down Barrel springs on the CO, if you are around the area. It is fun at all levels, and varries in difficulty. however everything is scoutable, and portagable, so no worries.....

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Try the Piedra
Solid class 4 drops, easier at high water , but definitely would not want to swim, one class 5 walkable, very pretty, upper section (second box) has some nice class3-4 drops but should be 3s at moderate flows
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On the other edge of your scale you could try clear creek of the arkansas. None of it is really class 5, but it's fast and mostly unscoutable. The area feels remote and is beautiful, but with a shuttle bunny you can get 5 runs in a couple of hours. The fun factor is huge, but it's not that dangerous if you don't spend much time upside down. You'll probably want a guide, but they'll be easy to find in BV if it's running. Also check out the Upper East outside of Crested Butte. It's not class V at moderate flows either.
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Slaughterhouse (Roaring Fork near Aspen) is pretty classic IV-IV+ also put in up on Castle Creek for an extended run.
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With all the snowpack, I'd say the upper Animas should be your A#1 destination for IV-IV+ in the state!

The Numbers on the Ark is pretty much the standard class IV around here and they should have good flow too.

Mid June's perfect though--you'll have more options than you can possibly hit.
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The Poudre is also a great option. There are several sections that can fit that description, and once you feel confident, just go upstream a bit to try something harder.
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There is a nice, but short, section on Boulder Creek from Four Mile down to the park. That run is pretty continuous IV- with a fun IV at the end.

Bailey is fun Class IV with 2 easily portagable V's. (It's arguable whether Deer Creek Rapid is a IV or V, I say IV)

Royal George is THE classic colorado fun III with a couple of nice IV's thrown in the mix.

Upper Upper South Boulder Creek (aka Alta Alta) is a fun III-IV.

A bit south, but well worth the trip is the Lower Taos Box, mostly III with a few IV-. Nice long day!

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