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Old 08-18-2016   #11
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Barrel is shut off. So sad. It was great on Tuesday but dry today.

Dan, Any info from the dam people?

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Old 08-18-2016   #12
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Shoshone Power plant is back on, so Barrel Springs is off.
Sounds like they did a temporary repair with permanent repairs in mid-Sept.
So there should be another opportunity for Barrel in mid-Sept.
Anyone with more info, please post.

We went over on Sunday. Glenwood Canyon is a zoo on weekends.
Tough to park at Hanging Lake, Grizzly or Shoshone.
We did a bike scout from Grizzly, all three constrictions looked stout, but doable.
Did a triple cat stack and drove to Hanging Lake.
CDOT and State patrol had Hanging Lake exit shut down with the ramp blocked, no way to get to put-in.
Disappointed, we turned around and ran Shoshone.

Will try again in Sept if we get the opportunity, but it WILL NOT be on a weekend!
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Old 08-18-2016   #13
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We have been hiking barrel rapid all year from shoshone because parking is impossible at hanging lake even on a Tuesday afternoon. Maybe things will get better after labor day, but right now even weekdays are pretty much a no go. Sad, really. not that I am hating on tourists, but we have been using this access for years and now due to the forest services new parking policies at hanging lake, we can no longer access this run. Seems like it is time to close hanging lake or permit it. To much traffic is going to eventually damage the resource anyway.
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Old 08-18-2016   #14
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Hiking from Shoshone was discussed.
But 1/5 mile downhill is much easier than a mile uphill.
Even with very lightweight cats.
Ironically we did not need parking at Hanging Lake, we had a driver, we just needed to drop and go.
Disappointing to hear weekdays are bad also.
If the River Gods give us another opportunity, we will be going in at sunrise!
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