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Old 06-01-2007   #11
Indian Hills (Evergreen), Colorado
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I think the shuttle for the milk run is a little over 3 miles I have biked it several times. It's a fairly quick trip, very mellow. This was the first place I took my wife when she was learning to kayak. With a raft I would try and pay to take out on the Right of the river at Ruby Mountain. Hauling a raft by yourself (as your wife is pregnant) up those stairs at the public put in river left would be a bitch.

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Old 06-01-2007   #12
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Big Bend to Salida is a great mellow run. The only big "rapid" is the boat chute at the dam and I guess the playhole at the boatramp in Salida.

I just went with a friend and her daughters the other day. They loved it so much we did it twice and so we could fish the second time around.

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Old 06-01-2007   #13
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teleyak has some mis information. Ruby mountain is river left, but it is a mellow beach put-in. I think he's thinking of the stairs across from river runners.

the milk run is quick. maybe an hour.
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Old 06-04-2007   #14
Evergreen, Co.
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Thanks for all the great info. folks.
Ended up running Milk Run and found it to be a family float as advertised.
The level was 1400cfs.
If running it for the first time it is good to know which channel to run beforehand around each island (Makes for less stress)
We fell in behing a local guides raft after the first island and followed his lead.
It was a fairly solid class II I think with the constant rock dodging and channel decisions around islands and fast water.
This is not a run you can just relax at the oars and chat it up,, at least for your first time running it.
I would recommend it as a family float though for a fairly seasoned oarsman or oarslady.
I think at lower levels it would be hard to not hit a lot of rocks and probably would end up stuck on a sand bar or two.
It's also a nice entry into Brown's if your new on the oars It adds a few more miles to your trip heading in to Brown's Canyon but good time to practice dodging rocks.
It was fast less than 2 hours, and I think next trip Stone Bridge to Salida is at hand.
Is it easy to eddy out and let passengers walk the diversion damn?
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Old 06-04-2007   #15
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Yes, it easy to walk/scout the diversion dam on river left.

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