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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Gunnison gorge partners

Hey all,

I'm looking to kayak the gunny gorge in the next few weekends and wondering if anybody would like to join. I'm new to the western slope in CO.

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I might be interested in joining you depending on when plan on paddling it.
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Hey all,

I'm looking to kayak the gunny gorge in the next few weekends and wondering if anybody would like to join. I'm new to the western slope in CO.

Chukar or Warner?
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FWIW. Silt is dry for the time being here so Chukar is good to go for the foreseeable future.
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Got a wild hair and ran it today. Chukar down. Great flows -- not sure I caught one eddy from put in to take out. 2.5 hour run.

One ~60 yard long stretch of mud (and ruts) on the road down. I walk the last ~3 miles to the start of the trail, and in so doing I take all of the mule shortcuts off of the road. So I may not have seen all of the mud, but it seemed like an attentive driver could get down there just fine.
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Got a wild hair and ran it today. Chukar down. Great flows -- not sure I caught one eddy from put in to take out. 2.5 hour run.

One ~60 yard long stretch of mud (and ruts) on the road down. I walk the last ~3 miles to the start of the trail, and in so doing I take all of the mule shortcuts off of the road. So I may not have seen all of the mud, but it seemed like an attentive driver could get down there just fine.
Awesome, thanks for sharing that mikesee. Always good to know the road situation before heading out there, though we're getting on a dry stretch weather-wise right now. 2.5 hrs sounds pretty fast for that stretch!
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Anyone game for this run this coming weekend?
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Gunny or Piedra

I would be down for a Gunny run this weekend. The Piedra is running also, if anybody would rather run more class IV than hike...
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I would be down for a Gunny run this weekend. The Piedra is running also, if anybody would rather run more class IV than hike...
I wouldn't rule out some hiking on the Piedra at the moment. The gauge is a long way from the put in when the lower road is closed, and I would wager most of that water is coming in from lower elevation tributaries...

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I agree that the piedra could be bony, but I suspect it will be in the 11-1300cfs+ range by the weekend if the trend holds (call me optomistic, it almost hit 900 today). I ran the whole thing @ 700 on the gauge last season, and it went easily. Early season is a bit different (especially with wood), but I would be surprised if it wasn't good to go over 1100... The gunny is awesome though, and the damn regulation is hard to beat for early season flows.
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