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Old 05-22-2007   #1
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Taylor River Beta Needed

Can anybody give me alittle description of the stretch of the Taylor River Canyon below the "Slots, Lottes Creek". Books are calling this stretch below continuous Class III. Is this correct and how long is this run generally? What is the access below the Classs IV like, and where is it at exactly? It was my understanding that the majority of the river side land is private making access a problem. Is this section going to be a problem for boaters with some experience. Thanks for your response.


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Old 05-22-2007   #2
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Taylor River Beta

Howdy Dan,

Its been a while since I ran it(while I was in college at Gunny), so I'll try to be as accurate as possible. The Taylor is a popular run and has a nice access put-in just below the slot. This is where most of the commercial raft trips launch. Just downstream is initiation rapid, a strait forward class III series of ledge waves. After that, it is fairly continuous in terms of nice moving water. Some of the major rapids to keep an eye out for are Toilet bowl, (I think thats the name), you'll know it when you get there, it jives and weaves through and over some boulders into a drop at the bottom, which can be a little sticky at higher flows, but there is a big catch pool below. Then, below that, the next significant feature is Tombstone, which has some ledge holes, but only sticky at higher flows, you'll see the big rock that looks like a tombstone... (Keep in mind, I have never run this river at flows higher than 900 cfs, and mostly around 350-400 cfs). The take out is upstream of the big bridge near Harmel's resort, look for a campground on your way upstream. Tresspasing is prosecuted on most sections of the Taylor, so keep an eye out for signs along the river that indicate private land. There are Green Circles and Red or blue squares??? Check with Three Rivers Paddleshop on those. I don't recommend floating below this take out even though there are some fun fish weirs along the middle section, there are too many private land issues and chances to get into trouble. The lower section into Almont is low key but has fantastic eddy lines at higher flows. Three rivers could line you out best. Hope this helps, and try like hell to stay in your boat! Also, try to minimize conflict with the 400 fishermen you'll meet along the way...

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Great info shortbus, exactly what I was looking for. So, if someone swims, they have to keep swimming all the way to the takeout to avoid trespassing. Nice.

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