Originally Posted by johng
Was anyone up there today? I called FWP Thursday and was unequivocally told the gate to Halligan was open. We're going up tomorrow morning but I guess we'll have a plan B.
In the past, the gate to Halligan was usually closed until Memorial Day weekend - maybe that's still the case and the lady answering the phone is ill-informed.
We ran it yesterday, and the vehicle acess gate was closed and the cattle grate removed.
It might be another week or two before they open the vehicle gate. You can slip a motorcycle or dirt bike through the pedestrian opening but im not sure of the legality of that.
We hiked in and hiked out. The run took most of the day but I thought it was worth it and even though we had to hike out it made the run feel awesome in the sense that it was not roadside and you had to earn it.
I was glad to run it, we had flows upward of 400+ cfs.
The first few miles are class 3 with a lot of wood to negotiate. As the walls start to rise the middle section turns to class 4ish rapids and the islands appear dividing the flow.
There were a few good drops leading up to the falls,2 of us ended up on the right side of the island choked out by wood. coclimber got to the left channel and was able to scout and run the drop from the left side.
We ended up walking the falls because we were on the wrong side of it, but truthfully we should have walked back up the bank and run it. next time.
the next drop after the falls is a wall slammer, wicked fun to run blind, but prob only class 4.
the last few miles taper to class 2-3 with 3 fences to negotiate, again like was said, the first was missed on the right, the second we rolled under, and the third had to be portaged.
I'd say the coolest part was floating down to the res. not knowing where to get out, or start the hike. We foud a faint trail that lead to the parking area(small) and we followed the road out.
We crested about 5 small hills in what felt like 3 or 4 miles. that beat the shit out of us, we enjoyed every step.
we got to the car in 2.5 hrs at about 7:30, I'm starting to feel like a real kayaker.
Would I do this run again with a hike out? yes, with good flow its worth the hike out to a class 4 paddler with his crew looking to build trust and cnfidence on a logistically challenging run.
If you've boated class 5 for years, it'd be hard to speak highly of.
And to Nathan, thank you for all your beta and help. I know you caught shit from Paigel, but you did help me tons with logistics, landmarks, and all.
Paigel and Frank, thank you guys for running it too, I heard about the dirt bike shuttles at high flow a few years back, it is a rad run!