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Old 04-04-2020   #21
 
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Lower Klamath, Eel or Trinity could fit the bill. Here's the CA American Whitewater page for more info: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...mary/?state=CA
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Old 04-08-2020   #22
 
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I know nothing about west coast rivers but my vote would be Ruby/Horsethief on the Colorado. Mostly flat water but awesome desert scenery. There are frequent flights into Grand Junction and rentals and shuttles by Rimrock Adventures near Fruita. If you're going to travel this far take at three days. You have to make campsite reservations on recreation.com.
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Old 04-09-2020   #23
 
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may not meet all of the original criteria but a few overnighters suitable for beginners;Gila Wilderness Run,Chama,and Norwood Canyon on the San Miguel


only the Chama requires a permit and mid week cancellations are often available to fill. ...they are all soft III's at best,mostly mellow water...ledges at the end of Norwood has some fun playspots...Gila is real deal wilderness with a worthwhile archaeological site near the put in
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Old 04-09-2020   #24
 
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Beware the mighty Miguel!
https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...uel-61674.html
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Old 04-10-2020   #25
 
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Ah yes, perhaps this is the time to reread that whole thread!
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Old 04-10-2020   #26
 
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Don't forget this one: https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...day-18716.html
So much win.
Just did E/D on Mon and still can't fathom how one could get themselves in trouble on that stretch of water.
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Old 04-10-2020   #27
 
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Hi,

I'm looking for a recommendation for a class II/easy class III river for a 2 day trip with a group of friends. The plan would be inflatable kayaks and a gear boat. We don't have our own gear, so would need somewhere that rents boats nearby. We're in California so a river within California would be best, but rivers within about 2 hours of a major airport in the western US would also work. Anytime between May - August works.

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Does your group have some fundamental level of experience running rivers? Frankly, even easy rivers can be a problem with all oarsman lacking experience.
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Old 04-10-2020   #28
 
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The S Fork of the American has some campsites where you could stretch it into an overnighter. We've always ran it as two separate day runs, but there's no reason you have to. Chili Bar run on day 1 and the Lower Gorge on day 2.



If you don't mind flying into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then I'd recommend the Chama Canyon. Class II/III- with some excellent scenery and camping. Water flows are dam releases from El Vado, so there is often boatable flows on weekends well into the summer (the dam is opened up generally from about noon on Fri through noon on Sun, but if you're far enough downstream, you can boat it well into the afternoon on Sun). I'm even run it mid-Sept before. Its about a 2-1/2 hr drive from Albuquerque to the Big Eddy take-out.
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Old 04-10-2020   #29
 
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Of these, only the Chama has a reasonably long boating season. The rest only run briefly and have to be timed right, particularly the Gila. March or early April is best for that!
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