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Old 06-28-2009   #1
Crested Butte, Colorado
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Grape Creek? Worth it? It is flowing!

We are thinking of doing this on Monday. Any beta?

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Old 06-28-2009   #2
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Opinions vary. In short, I'd say there are much better options out there since almost everything is running. It's worth it tomorrow only if your main intent is to tick a new run off in your guidebook. Otherwise.......meh.

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Old 06-29-2009   #3
Leadville, Colorado
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Worth it!- but mostly mellow...

If you are in the Ark Valley and looking for a new adventure, Grape creek is a good choice... If you are driving from afar, then it's hardly worth it. A 15 mile run, but mostly class II-III. Mostly a featureless, thin creek meandering down a beautiful valley. The scenery is spectacular,(stellar rock walls for climbing)
There are 8-10 notable rapids in the middle of the run... California-esque! Sculpted granite drops that keep you on your toes for about a mile. The biggest waterfall drop is usually a portage unless there is high water(+500cfs-guessing??)
taking out @ Temple Canyon Bridge makes the run about 8-10 miles long but is a more involved shuttle. A "shuttle bunny" is key for this run! So you don't have to return to the put-in. Boating down to the bottom of the Royal gorge is a fun, long way to go also... worth it! but mostly mellow...
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