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Old 02-27-2016   #1
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Hiking out Grand Gulch from San Juan River?

Hello Folks,

Does anyone know if it is possible to hike up Grand Gulch from the San Juan river. There was a big slide in the lower canyon, about a mile from the river, that took out the trail around a pour off in early 2015.

Did anyone make it through this past summer?

Thanks! Planning on packrafting this from Honaker last week in March.

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Old 02-28-2016   #2
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We were in there June last year and got around the big pour over on the left side, up from the river, by back tracking down and working up that steep scree hill side. Some backpackers tried it the same day but aborted.

The BLM had a notice that it was impassable last I checked. I'll be finding out in April I'm putting in at Montezuma 4/9.

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Old 02-29-2016   #3
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Sweet, thanks!
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Old 03-01-2016   #4
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From the good folks at the BLM:

Hi David,

The pour off and trail slide turns most people around, but some do choose to continue through it. It is basically a steep lip of loose scree that abruptly drops off. I think it just depends what your risk threshold is. I have not received any reports on the condition of the trail since last fall. Slickhorn Canyon is an alternative exit route for pack rafters.

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