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Old 08-04-2009   #11
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And yes - past Slickhorn the flow does slow down considerably, but is still manageable.

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Old 08-04-2009   #12
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Originally Posted by andrews View Post
We just took out on Sunday. We had two 14 footers and 3 duckies with gear. We had no real problems. Level looked to be around 700. We camped at Oljeito, which now is sandbar camping well away from the mouth of the canyon. We got up early on the last day and made miles in the shade. We had to navigate around sandbars, but barely any dragging of boats. Steer Gulch was a mosquito infested hell. The trip was hot, but we had a bit of cloud cover, stayed wet all day, and chased the shade and we were just fine.

Have a great trip!
Great that is the kind of beta I was looking for. Sounds like the water is nice and warm. Oljeito is not an option for us, is Slickhorn to Clay Hills doable in 1 day (or how did Trimble look?)

Also did you use a shuttle service? If so maybe somebody you recommend? We just need a vehicle drop-off.

thanks again.

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Old 08-04-2009   #13
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Unless the water rises, plan on a HUGE day from Slickhorn to Clay Hills. Massive.

We used Valle's shuttle service which is right at Mexican Hat boat ramp. Vehicles were waiting for us which is all I could ask for.
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Trimble is blown out and full of boulders. There are loads of campable sandbars throughout the lower section.
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Thanks Andrew, based on your advice I'm allowing 2 days from Slickhorn and will keep in mind the availability of sand bars.

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