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Old 11-07-2007   #1
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Best time for Upper Animas trip?

Never done the upper A. My buddies and I were talking about an overnighter next year. Whats the best time of the season to plan a trip? Of course snowpack and water levels are a major variable. Don't want to go to late and get mellow water, probably don't want to go if its too high. Hoping to pick a good weekend way ahead of time so everyone can plan it out. Any thoughts on the best time to go?

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Old 11-07-2007   #2
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Been a few times on Memorial Day weekend. Water was pretty predictable, but now they close the highway for the bike race, which would complicate logistics, and it's still pretty cool weather then. Went once in July; got a hot day, big rise in the level for the second day, and lots of "action" in the gorge. Memorable, if you catch my drift. Have tried to time things for a sane level after the peak, but seems like when it drops out, it REALLY drops out. Much less of a problem if you're local, but being a long day's drive away makes that tougher.

Maybe a week or so after Memorial Day - after the bike race, before the usual peak. Your results may vary (like 2-3 years ago, when big snowpack heated up early. I think the peak hit 8500-ish in latter part of May.)

It's a dandy overnighter, though. Get someone to hustle your food and camping gear on the train, then run your shuttle. Very nice way to go!

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Old 11-07-2007   #3
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email me anytime with upper animas questions or stop by 4 corners when you get into durango.

go for june if you want the best chance for action.

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Old 11-08-2007   #4
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If it ever snows this year.
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Old 11-08-2007   #5
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Originally Posted by ecjohnson View Post
If it ever snows this year.
yeah read this: La Niña Persists

not encouraging.
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