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Old 07-25-2008   #1
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glenwood class II?

am i mistaken that there is a section of glenwood canyon (not after the town and playpark) that would be suitable for a toddler whose parents are looking to get out in a raft for the day? (parents are guides who have rowed cat, deso, the grand, etc.)

if not, who'd recommend the run from salida to pinnacle rock??

details about put-in, take-out, and river length are appreciated!


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Old 07-25-2008   #2
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The section from Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers park is class II. It is around 6 miles in length and is very mellow. I have a buddy that brings his 4yo down it all the time. This is above GWS and the Park. Also, Cemetary run on the Roaring Fork is real mellow, except for Cemetary which is small waves II.

Hope this helps.

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Grizzly to Two Rivers Park is Class II. Put in is at the Grizzly Creek recreation area (between Shoshone and No Name), takeout is the Two Rivers Park ramp.

Run is shortish - maybe 8 miles. Splashy but pretty easy for anyone with Class III and above experience.
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Old 07-25-2008   #4
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thanks much, gentlemen. my mom is in town visiting from the midwest, and i'd like to get her and my young daughter out on the river tomorrow through the scenery of glenwood canyon, but just wasnt real familiar with the flatter sections- i truly appreciate the info.
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If you haul your raft on a trailer you can't back it to the water between 9 am and 4:30pm at Grizzley Creek. Reportedly there were a couple of "close calls" where the bikepath crosses the access to the boatramp and the USFS decided to close the ramp to trailers during prime summer launching time.

Its a great float, has some splashy Class II that'll be fun, spectacular scenery, and the highway's not as obtrusive as one would expect. Depending on the water level the hotsprings on river L about a half mile above GWS may be in. If your boat's easy to carry you could launch at Shoshone, hit the fun Class III section, and pick the rest fo the family a mile downstream at Grizzley.

Have a good trip,

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