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Old 04-04-2015   #1
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Verde Headwaters

Another road less traveled. Doug Green/Bryan Burke - 2 weeks ago.

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Old 04-04-2015   #2
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Very cool. Thanks for posting!

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Old 04-04-2015   #3
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Beautiful River from start to finish.

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Thanks for sharing Gene. Couple questions, where is the US Mines access? Is that upstream of FS 318? Did you boat past Sycamore Canyon? How did it look for camping/hiking? What was the flow? Looks like more water would clean up the rapids but cause more issues with brush...
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Did you put in above the Tapco put in? or did you hike in? thanks
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Old 04-06-2015   #6
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Not my trip - I was on the Juan.

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Old 04-06-2015   #7
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Hello friends,
Bryan is a meticulous note taker and I am more of a photo and video guy. Iíll try and answer your questions here as best I can. Keep an eye on Geneís website for more detail in Bryanís upcoming trip report.
Yes we did pass Sycamore along the way.
Yes, higher flow would have washed out the bumps but increased the strainers from inconvenient to hazardous.
No, we did not have to hike to this put in.
We put in well above Sycamore and Tapco, approximately 33 miles upstream of Deadhorse State park and approximately 6 miles above Perkinsville, off a road that is labeled differently depending on the map you use and doesnít appear to have a designation on Google maps. Here is a link to that location.!3m1!1s0x0:0x0
It is distinct on Google Earth for the mine just north of the river.
Let me know if the link works.
The photos on Geneís website are in order, Pic #1 is the put in. It is a fairly short but steep carry down to the water but not a hike. In the pic, the boats are located at rivers edge and the truck is just out of sight, over the hill that you see Bryan walking up.
According to the Clarkdale gauge, streamflow was cycling between 250 and 300 cfs the day we put in and dropped steadily as we proceeded.
We spent three nights on the river, covering approximately 11 miles per day, averaged. Slow going due to blind turns and strainers, mixed with a relatively cautious approach, lining, portaging etc. Our excessive scouting paid off more than once.
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