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Old 08-09-2011   #21
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Old 08-13-2011   #22
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OK my brutha's and sista'a, here's my report. We arrived at the Sand Wash Sat. Aug. 6th early evening. The put-in was pretty buggy that evening and again in the morning. I used a bug suit and head net. At minimum I would recommend spray and head net to keep your sanity in tact. We had a screened shelter which was nice. Camp 1 was near mile 12 and the bugs where only a problem (read swarming) back in the tammy's, coincidentally where the groover was set. As it turned out, I really didn't need to groove that morning! The rest of the trip we had only a few skeeters and deer flies avoided with minimum spray.
The water flow slowed from 8300 to 6500 cfs, the rapids were fun, and the weather sunny. We did have afternoon wind every day.
Great friends, good food and drink and everyone was safe. Who could ask for anything more?


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Old 08-18-2011   #23
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Trip Report

Just pulled off yesterday following a 6 day trip, pretty much the same report as the dude's trip above. Fantastic weather, food and people, mosquitos bad at the put in, but DEET was enough to keep them away. Camped on a small island in Sumners Amphitheater around mile 86 on night 1, no bugs there, after that no significant bugs as long as we stayed out of the vegetation. Remarkably we had no wind at all for the first two days, downstream wind all of day three, mild but intermittent upstream wind from Rock Creek down on day 4, then no wind from Range Creek down on days 5 and 6. Unbelievable trip.
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Old 08-21-2011   #24
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hey john,
it was firewater on Ute land (rvr Left)
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Old 09-01-2011   #25
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Any recent Beta on the bugs down there? We put in on Wednesday.
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Old 09-01-2011   #26
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We just took off last Saturday. Mosquitos were bad at the put-in, but DEET was enough to keep them at bay. Our Cedar Ridge and Wire Fence camps had some annoying gnats, but other than that and the typical mosquitos it really wasn't that bad. Just have the DEET handy and you should be just fine.

Also, be sure to talk to the ranger about bears. He didn't really make a big deal about it when we launched, but we did find a note at our Wire Fence camp that a bear was there on 8/10 and then another note that it was there continuosly on 8/14. We didn't have any problems or see any signs of bears at all. We camped there on 8/25. The rangers had a bear trap set at Nefertiti and I've heard through the grapevine that the bear was taken care of, however it doesn't hurt to ask to be safe.

We really didn't have any issues with the wind except for one day, but we had our engine to help out. We had great weather, but clouds would roll in the afternoon with some sprinkles, but nothing bad. The clouds were nice for doing hikes and keeping it cooler. The high water created some awesome sand bars and beaches! We did notice that the Rabbit Valley camp beach is gone, though, so we didn't camp there like we usually do. It's now a pretty steep landing. All of our other usual camps were great! Enjoy your trip!
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Old 09-01-2011   #27
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Thanks Summitraftgirl this is very helpful. Are there any hikes in particular that you recommend?
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Old 09-01-2011   #28
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Flat Canyon petroglyphs are river-right and just a short walk from the river to the panel. There is the moonshiner's cabin near Firewater Canyon, river-left, and a cool spring that comes in right above the cabin. Check out Rock Creek Ranch and Rock Creek. Then you can take a 3 mile round trip hike up to a great petroglyph panel up Rock Creek (the trail is easy to see and follow). Definitely worth checking out. Chandler Creek, river-left, is beautiful and has a couple of petroglyphs and a Dennis Julien inscription. There is also an old stone fireplace and more ruins if you hike up Chandler Creek a ways. McPherson Ranch, river-left, is pretty cool as well and just a short hike up from the river. There is another spring just down-river from the ranch through some thick brush. If you camp at Wire Fence (there are three sites) you can hike down to Three Fords and up the cliff. On top of the cliff are some really cool fossils in the rocks. Lots of cool hikes around Wire Fence and gorgeous views. Rattlesnake and the School Section Canyons are also worth checking out. At Coal Creek there are some old stone buildings and remnants of an old road from when research was being done to possibly build a dam there back in 1911, river-left after the rapid. Also, you must have the Ute permit to pull over anywhere and camp river-left before Coal Creek. There is a nice beach at Nefertiti and some petroglyphs right on the road. Hiking back there on the other side of the road is pretty cool too. Great views of the sunset from some of those cliffs behind the road. Pull over river-right before the Price River comes in. There are several huge boulders with petroglyphs and inscriptions. Finally, I have heard that if you hike up Florence Creek a ways there are some ruins up there. I haven't done it personally, but plan to the next time we do Deso. Check out some of the Deso guide books. Most of these hikes/ruins/petros can be found in them, however not all of these are listed in the same book.
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Old 05-31-2015   #29
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Have you found the Dennis Julien inscription?

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