Once Bailey turns on, I will be trying to get there twice a week in the mid/late afternoon M-F. It's beautiful, mostly wilderness IV/IV+ creeking with a couple Vs thrown in. It's what makes Denver livable after mid-July. I'd keep an eye out on the Buzz for folks looking for people to join up on trips, too - you can easily get all the way to CB or Durango for the weekend that way. Also I think Mountain Miser is going to try to revive the mid-week trip to Bailey that folks used to gather there for.
You should check out Confluence if you live right there - buy some Doc's Proplugs (wise for CO anyway), noseclips and alcohol to drop in your ears and go for it. The best levels are 700-850 (or thereabouts) for the second hole up from the bottom, and 700-1000 for the wave-hole at the 20th St skatepark. When it rains like mad for a few hours, pray that the last weir on Cherry Creek is in the up position, as it forms the best hole in the state, riverwide with wave and hole sections, every move possible, super retentive but not at all scary retentive. This happens about once a year. Trestle Wave down at the RR trestle (duh) is gets really fun in the low-mid 1000s. I forget the exact best flows, but it is superfast and a hard wave to spin and stay on. Despite the fact that it is hard to stay on, everyone still goes because it is just so much fun to surf.
If you start paddling Confluence once more regulars are going, you'll also meet people. I will shoot you a PM when I go next, or you can call me whenever, since I go fairly often. I'm in Steamboat all next week but may hit the SP Friday afternoon depending on the level.
Join up, suckas.
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