Originally Posted by yourrealdad
My boys and i were thinking of hitting this up tomorrow. It is hovering around 300ish. What do you all think. At the end of the other post about 11mile &d said that 260 seemed pretty low. I plan on hitting up the bookend V's. Coming from fort collins. Worth it?
I ran this with &d, and I thought it was ~290 vs. 260, but either way, this run is somewhat similar to Foxton, in that there never seems to be too much water. We didn't run the V's, but did look at them. The top V looks pretty boney in the top half with lots of rock dodging, but good to go on the lower half. At this point in my paddling career, you couldn't pay me to run the bottom V, but I've seen people run it and make it look easy...but I think I would die.
Is it worth it? Yes. If for nothing else, it is worth the scenery. I can imagine the bottom V is worth it by itself for people much better/braver than I. It is roadside, but the road is usually up high enough you forget it is there until a car drives by. With all the moisture this year everything is green, and it is just a beautiful place with massive granite boulders all over da place.
Aside from the V's, the run is not very continuous. At this lvl there are no holes that will stick you, even the ledge that gave people problems when it was higher is not sticky, as &d proved when he came over right in the middle (vs. the left line you wanted at higher flows) and had no problems. I wouldn't say it's "pool drop", but more "pool flatwater", because most of the rapids are very short, and have more flatwater in between than I like. The most continuous rapid (again, not counting the V's) is towards the end, but unfortunately there is the largest flatwater gap between the previous rapid and this one. It's worth it though, because it is a fun rapid, and if you're running all the way down to the bottom V it's all good anyway. For anyone not running the bottom V I would recommend taking out right after this rapid (which starts at the 1st bridge you come to on your drive to the put in).
Like &d said, some of the rapids have pretty nasty consequences for being class III, but the moves are definately class III. If someone reading this still swims the occasional class III I wouldn't recommend this section just because some of the sieves looked lethel. The river wide tree &d mentioned is massive, and you won't miss it on your drive up. Don't splat into the sieve rock. Be careful of the big boulder in the lower half of the top V, as it's pretty undercut (on river left, right next to the ski jump which might be a little too low flow for it to actually be a ski jump like it was at 600), but is pretty obvious too as you scout...but with another 50cfs I think the undercut would not longer be visible.
Everything in between the V's is boat scoutable read and run. Don't expect exciting and fun IV boogie water, and enjoy the scenery on the flatwater inbetweens, and you'll have a good day.