Originally Posted by DVKEXP
alright... So I'm kinda really confused on this one. Why does everyone hike out at Chukar? That is like the hottest nastiest put-in/take-out road in the state. The paddle to the Pleasure Park (BAR! with beer so cold it's icy on the top) is like a 2 hour paddle out from Chukar.
Why not have the horsepacker (97032320115 name a Larry) or friend with a raft, kayak, duckie, or SUP take a case of beer and or some steaks (definitely a fly rod) in for you there? Then you can have a leisurely paddle through some more gorgeous class III to a highway accessible BLM access take out that's adjacent to the bar.
I get that kayakers want to be macho sometimes and hike hard shit... But why twist your spine with a loaded boat not to mention wear and tear on your truck (7 mile 4wd road) to get to the top of a hot and dusty horse shit covered trail?
Maybe I'm missing something, but I've been in the Black and Gunny Gorge since I was six and I don't think I would ever hike out at Chukar if I had the option to take a boat through the Gunny Gorge.
Unless you are going to Dupe it and go again I see no point.
In a nutshell, here is a quote from
Whitewater of the Southern Rockies
"If you prefer to paddle 13 miles of the class III Gunny Gorge in a creek boat rather than hike, then the Black Canyon portage
probably won't be your cup of tea."
You could go on to say that the Black Canyon run might not be for you in that case.