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Old 05-16-2011   #11
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Prospect still has snow on the east side of the ridge as of May 15. The road was mostly dry up until the crest of the ridge. Needs a few more weeks of melting and might be possible.

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Old 05-16-2011   #12
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call hack at 307-326-9823 in saratoga. he may know current conditions of the road. If you choose this take-out DO NOT BLOCK THE ROAD. If you choose to park at the bottom choose the far right take-out and drive your truck as far up into the trees as you can. The bottom is limited and turning around is difficult when shuttle vehicles and trailers are sitting in the way. Remember that vehicles coming up the road have the right-a-way. it is your responsibility to find a place in the trees to pull off. This usually means un-hooking the trailer and pushing it into the trees first. Remember to pack your truck with a tent, sleeping bags, and extra food and water. If it rains you might have to spend the night down there. Keep an eye on the sky while floating... if it looks like rain then paddle fast. There is another option just across the put-in from Prospect. It's called Pickaroon. Much better access and not that much longer of a shuttle. Head south out of Routt instead of north and drive around to Fox Park. No wet issues... just dirt road. Prospect is fun as long as nothing goes wrong. I've seen hitches sheer off, rear-ends dropped, brakes go out, free-falling burbans and trailers when the hill was way too wet to attempt. Most outfitters in the valley will tell you it's the most requested put in but ends up costing them money every year in vehicle and trailer repairs. Sorry dude but I have to disagree with you. The fish in the Canyon are big and bountiful. There have been a few folks show up with some sort of wheeled aparatus at 6-mile the past few years and the forest service appreciates the donations. Just like hiking for turns... a little hard work isn't a bad thing. Just take your frame off the raft then carry loads... not just one single carry. Have fun and remember to call Hack if you have any questions. Mark in Riverside is the Encampent guru but does not have much knowledge on upper platte. Be safe.

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Old 05-16-2011   #13
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Sounds like you should build a lightweight frame.

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