Salt very worthy
I too just returned from running the Salt. Jethro is right about everything. We had a great time although our trip was too rushed. I ended up rowing everything but the flatwater 'cause none of our kayakers inspired enough confidence for me to give them my boat. I did get tp spend several hours surfing at ledges, while we waited for the kayakers to return from shuttle.
As he said light boats would be much better. We had 11 people's stuff on two rafts. With all of the beer my boat must have wieghed either side of one ton. It took EVERYTHING I had to miss some of the rocks. I am incredibly sore today.
The Canyon was beautiful, and the (internet inspired) crew I went with turned out great. Meals were well planned and very tasty. If you get a chance to go on a trip with "56" you won't be dissapointed, unless you prefer sobriety, as there was little of that at camp.
All the drops are very easy for competant kayakers, but there were a few that taxed my rowing abilities. At the levels we saw, (1700 dropping to 1600 over the 3 days) maze was the toughest, and the only one that really required a scout.
I could see this being much harder and much more fun with more water.
The begining of the run had lots of bony rapids that were hard to pick clean lines for a heavy boat. I managed to broach within sight of the put in, but things cleaned up wihtin the next several miles.
It took us a long time (1.5 hours+) to wait for the eddy and then scout quartzite. If you find yourself faced with this option, just line up left and be ready to ship your oars when it tightens at the bottom.
All in all a good time was had by all. The drive is every bit as bad as you've heard. Doing 80 most tof the way it took 12 hours from Denver to the put in; 14 hours from the take out back. DO NOT let Roy drive your truck. EVER.