upper ruby fork- been run? or is it in need of a 1st D?
i dont know if anyone has run this stretch or not, but there is a possibly runnable creek just to west of crested butte. lake irwin is letting out a good amount of water right now that immediately flows into an intense but shallow gorge right below the lake. theres a 10 foot waterfall right off the bat thats visible from one of the campsites at the lake irwin campground. i bushwacked down into the gorge from a few places and the stuff i saw was mostly runnable. there was at least one large falls (40-50) that was unrunnable due to a stair-step an a very shallow landing, but the majority of everything else i saw looked runnable. has anyone done this before? if not, and anyone is in need of some serious adventure creeking (read: possibly epic), check it out. the put in would ideally be at Lake Irwin dam (or just below, at the gauging station right above the first falls), and the take out comes where the creek starts to mellow out and you can see the road on the right, way above you...... there is a bridge that crosses over the gorge at one point (kebler pass rd) but i dont know how well you could eddy out to use this, it looks quite fast. if anyone has any info on people doing this (maybe milo or another fellow cb'r)?