Originally Posted by lindazco
Oakieboater - where's the ice cream on the Smith? Any other tidbits of advice? We are still going on July 7 unless flows are ridiculously low.
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I know I'm not oakieboater but the Heaven on Earth guest ranch has ice, ice cream, a par 3 golf course, lodging amongst other amenities. It's an awesome place run be great people. They used to make this cocktail called the Deep Creek - YUM until some a-hole turned them in for selling it without a liquor license.
It's a mile or so above Bear Gulch (which coincidentally has a spring with potable water). River Mile 28, usually middle of the third day.
Pictograph cave is a doozy of a hike but well worth it. The trail is river left a little more than a mile below Lower Parker Flat camp. There is a large rock out crop sticking into the river with a creek coming in against the rock. Tie up in the eddy immediately below the rock. You will be able to see the cave way above you.
If it's really low there is also a spring for water at mile 6 (middle Indian Springs), usually the upper 12 miles is the skinniest so not carrying 50 lbs of water might help you float a little higher.
The last day is also skinny and often has upriver winds. It's usually advisable to get up and get going to beat the winds, plus it's usually amongst the longest days on a 5 day trip.