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Old 05-14-2012   #1
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[TR] Upper Taylor ELF

Having the low water blues, but not wanting to sacrifice a gorgeous day, it was decided I would meet my friend LMyers up the Taylor Canyon for a day of ELF boating. Flows said 183 @ Almont, there was perhaps 160 or so in the Upper run.

The rapids were surprisingly fun, well channelized and offering many channels of fun. The in between was manky, with some scraping and sliding, but overall we had a blast.

Given the number of narrower spots in the first section between Initiation through First Left Hand, we opted to put in just above the Narrows. Tombstone was fun, although Toilet Bowl was looking kind of interesting.

Logan in Toilet Bowl

The word from those in charge is that starting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 15th) the flow will bump up to 250 out of the dam, continuing until a later point in the summer, my guess is around August 1st. Coupled with a small amount of runoff in Lottis & Crystal, the next week should see flows over 300 cfs. After that there will be 250 for most of the summer, so when you are feeling the low water blues, always remember the Taylor is just over the hump.

Now, a special note: there is a large construction project going on in Taylor Canyon this summer that parallels the commercial "Upper" run. It is a large project that will widen and even the road out, and the ultimate last stop in the process towards the paving of Cottonwood Pass. Expect delays of at least 15 minutes, both ways. This canyon will be a shit show around the fourth of july as all the land battleships that occupy Taylor Park in the summer will be going up and down it. Just be heads up to expect delays if you make your way into the canyon.

Get out there and enjoy it.

"Don't f$&@ing eddy out, just run it! Whaddya doin??" -LMyers
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Old 05-15-2012   #2
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Very nice. Taylor Canyon at Elf flows is indeed much more enjoyable than I expected.

Thanks for taking pictures Kit.
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