Originally Posted by upshitscreek
you may have to rent his min. of 5 horses for the day but he'll get you down in april too. we were the 1st party to sign the register that year but he got us down there. i heard he was trying to get down in even late march this year because it was so dry then but that's just second hand info.
Know the packer, he is not running yet. And yes he would probably do a trip for at least 5 horses. However, thats a lot of money for someone who probably just needs a boat and a frame brought down. But whatever, it would be worth a call to him to get the story strait from the horses mouth.
Really though, the hike is not too brutal, it is definately doable with a few friends and some cold beer. This time of year its cool too, cause you wont see to many other folks and its good wildlife watching.