Beautiful arduous portage.
If you are talking about the S. Platte where if flows into Cheeseman Res Eric Bader and I ran this run many years ago (starting at Paradise) setting shuttle at the lake.
As we anticipated the River disappears into a seive in the same zone as Lost Creek... and only re-emerges in the waters of the lake. We portaged right as the Boulder Field of the Seive is almost impassable. I recall about 1/2 mile portage.
Nice to link the run together though... I believe this was 2nd' decent, approx 1993 or 1994. Beautiful large boulders upstream that are like houses you can paddle around.
The lake itself, though off limits, is also one of the nicer bodies of water I have seen. I hear the Fire through there caused some damage, but I'll bet it has grown back. Do as I say, not as I do, and don't run the lower section. It was a miserable portage.
Cheeseman became our fall back as the weekend before Eric, Mark Lane and myself were scouting Tarryall (considering the run) and got down into the Platte part of the Canyon to find it looked quite nice. I recall Paul Zirkelback and Gary Jenrette "unrecomending" the run from their (most likely first) passage, but seeing it it looked worth the exploration anyway. I would recomend this approach as the spirit of the "virutal first descent"... dont' get too much beta, be careful and know it is your own first descent if not somehow the first in time.
Originally Posted by Schizzle
Has anybody ever boated this section of the S.Platte?
I assume it's not very good otherwise it would be covered in a guide, but I'm just kind of curious having fished and climbed about a mile down from Corral Cr. Seems like it could hold a few good rapids, or alternatively quickly turn into flatwater and portages.
Looking for an adventure without the commitment and hazards of a run like Cheeseman.