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Old 11-22-2008   #1
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2008
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Parkdale section of the Ark

Heard of a few people running the Parkdale/Pinniacle Rock section of the Ark last weekend, and a couple of us thought we might try to get out there tomorrow. Anybody know the minimum cfs for this section? Using the Salida gauge, it was at 350 last weekend but has dropped to just below 300. Sounds like it was ok at 350.

Any input would be much appreciated, and anybody who wants to join is welcome.

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Old 11-22-2008   #2
Denver, Colorado
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Look at the Wellsville guage and add 50 to 80; that generally tells you the flow at Parkdale this time of year.
Parkdale can be fun for play all the way down to 300 cfs. It's generally never too low for a play run if you're jonesing and willing to tolerate really cold water. The upper hole in Double Drop (below Spikebuck and Shark's Tooth) will yield loops and bouncy side-surfs between 300 and 400 (and spins if you're really quick and in a very short boat) ... but the eddy access is tough - you have to be fast to get back into the small river-left eddy after your hole ride ...
Incidentally, we're running Royal Gorge tomorrow if you're interested in that instead. PM me for details if you want to join.
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