Beta Please on Granite Section of the Ark - Mountain Buzz

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Old 07-20-2005   #1
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Beta Please on Granite Section of the Ark

Hey all. I have boated the Numbers and Fractions sections of the Ark, but never the Granite section. How is the Granite Section at 500 cfs or so? I would walk Pine Creek; is it readily apparent and how is the portage? Same questions about the dam. How does Granite compare to specific sections of the Numbers or Fractions? Any input would be great. Thanks!

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Old 07-20-2005   #2
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Granite has some fun rapids, none of which are harder than anything on the #'s. Definitely worth doing if you're in the area and want to see a new section. You can easily portage both the Dam and Pine Creek on the left if you like and both are pretty obvious from river level. If you are worried about it, both of these rapids are near the road so you can take a look and identify features to help you eddy out before dropping in. Have fun!
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that section is great!! very much worth doing
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Old 07-20-2005   #4
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I agree, definately worth doing! Little Pine Creek rapid is a fun drop fairly early in run where it gorges up a little. It can be scouted. There are also some fun boulder garden type rapids. The dam is easy to spot and portage, and Pine Creek is easy too if you checked it out on your drive up. The Pine Creek portage is kinda long....but you can make it shorter by putting in after the meat of the rapid if you are up for it. If you've done the Numbers you shouldn't have any trouble with the run.
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if you put in @ clear creek,(ithink it's clear creek at least) you miss the dam and still get some goods, then there is a calm stretch and when you see a big overhanging anvil shaped rock on river right, that is where you portage/ scout pine creek on the left. you can also tell by the impending sense of doom that you get in the pit of your stomach (if you're not a class V boater). nice walk, you're able to breathe the whole time, not scary at all. but if you put in below the hole, or even ways below, be heads up cuz it's still continuous for a ways.
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Old 07-21-2005   #6
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Thanks All

Thanks for the beta. Sounds great. Cheers.
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