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Old 08-01-2015   #1
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2012
Join Date: Aug 2015
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Looking for Class IV friends and trips

Hi all,

I just moved to Boulder, and I'm a solid Class IV paddler. I'm hoping to get out on a few trips even though it's late in the season.

I hear the numbers runs year round--are there any other Class IV (or fun Class III) trips I should try and check out?

Is there anyone in the Boulder/Denver area who would be up for carpooling to some of these trips?


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Old 08-01-2015   #2
Join Date: Aug 2014
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You just missed it (the longest front range boating season in a while).

Where'd you move from?

Front range IV != IV in other states ... think manky, creeky and continuous. Going from an Idaho or W. Viriginia Class IV and jumping on Lower Boulder Canyon with decent flows (which is rated a IV to IV+) may scare your socks off (it did me). I'm not saying its harder or trying to start a ratings war, its just different sort of water with intimate proximity to a lot of sharp blasted rock... The Ark has nicer rock and is higher quality than some of the roadside IV closer to Denver/Boulder.

A couple laps on Middle Poudre Narrows may be worthwhile intro to front range IV boating for you, and will run for another week or two (above 1.5 or so). Its sandwiched between some V's so pay attention. If its above 2 feet, run Pineview through Bridges Take-out (BTO) to add a few hours and make the run a bit more worthwhile. If it holds around 2.5 feet, you can do a full steven's down and still have a lot of fun. The guage: Poudre Rock Report

On the Ark, people run Numbers, Royal Gorge for most of the year, but it will get ELFy in a few weeks. Both are more like III or III+ at lower levels and become IV during run off. Pine Creek, above Numbers, which is an "V-" at normal flows, arguably drops down to a IV at lower levels as well.

Your best after work offseason run is probably Waterton (III), but you have to carry your boat back up ~ 1 mile or it would be a no-brainer. Google maps "South Platte Hotel" for the put in (run down from confluence to lake). Its still fun and worth the carry back up IMO, especially with a light playboat.

Some people surf Lyons for a few more weeks (St Vrain, BB hole).

Gore is mostly IV, IV+ with a couple V's and will be a step up with a few walk-arounds if you're not interested in V.

Baileyfest release may or may not happen. If it does happen, its a must go, IV+ creek with 2 walkable V's and a V+ portage.

Lower Blue (below Dillon, above Gore) has releases in the late summer and fall and is a III. I've heard its fun.

I'd boat with you but a baby is coming any day now, so probably done until next season.

Buy "Whitewater of the Southern Rockies" if you can find it.

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Old 08-01-2015   #3
San Jose, CA, California
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I saw your post in the Stanford email page. I moved from Colorado to the bay area two years ago. So we made opposite moves.

BenR definitely covered the highlights. Unlike CA, CO season is not year around. Your best bet for paddling into the fall until winter hits is Gore which is class V. It is a bit easier that cherry creek though. And it is so amazing! High mountain paddling is unbeatable in the fall!

It will likely be the only thing running at quality levels from August - November (when it freezes).

And it can be a class IV+ day if you walk a few rapids.

There a several weekend paddlers that hit gore and its a great group of people.

Bailey fest will be a great place for you to meet lots of great people. If you paddle one weekend this month paddle that one.

If your most comfortable in the class III area. Start on the Ark and move your way up from there.
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Old 08-02-2015   #4
Boulder, Colorado
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Thanks guys, this is great info. I just did a run down the Arkansas from Granite to Miners, including Pine Creek and the Numbers.

It was a blast! Thanks to Ken for showing me the way down.
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Old 08-03-2015   #5
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If you want to get after some late season Clear Creek runs, lemme know.
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Old 08-03-2015   #6
Boulder, Colorado
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Hey cjohnson415,

Also saw your post on Stanford. I just did the Poudre (Bridges and a few miles above Pine View rapid) today and will be doing another class III/IV section again tomorrow at 4pm with a friend. You're free to join.

I'll also be traveling to the Ark on August 9.

Also mtnmorgan, I'm down to do Clear Creek. Are you free August 10-13?

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