Class III-IV day run suggestions? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 06-10-2010   #1
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Class III-IV day run suggestions?

A buddy of mine and I are taking the third week of June off to drive around and do some boating, and we're looking for some ideas of good runs to hit. We live in Fort Collins so we boat the poudre a lot - we want to hit some other rivers and change it up a bit.

A couple of caveats:
  • We're looking for class III or IV
  • We want to boat every day if possible, so we need to figure out a route where the rivers aren't too far apart
  • No multi-day (as in we don't want to carry camping gear in our boats, but spending multiple days doing different sections of the same river are fine)
  • Not too tough of a shuttle. We're bringing one car and a bike, so the shuttle needs to be something we can either hitchhike or bike.
  • We've only got a week, so we don't want to go too far. We want to boat, not drive.

We did a similar trip last year and some of my favorite runs we did were the Dumont to Idaho Springs section of Clear Creek, pretty much everything on the Ark (browns was kind of meh), and the Redbridge to Gateway section of the Lake Fork of the Gunny. Anyone have any recommendations for similar runs we should be sure to hit?

One river we've both wanted to do for a while is the Piedra, but the shuttle sounds like a pain. Any thoughts on that?

I should mention we're kayaking, in playboats (although we pretty much suck at playboating, we try).

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Old 06-10-2010   #2
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I would say consider hitting up the Vail/Glenwood Springs area. Tons of 3-4 on the Eagle, Colorado, sections of the Roaring Fork and Crystal. Lots of easy shuttles in those areas if the water holds.....
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Feel free to PM me or call at 917-612-9334. I will be looking for fellow III-IV boaters to paddle with.

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Old 06-10-2010   #4
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Definitely Taylor Canyon, like 6-8 miles of pretty continuous III-III+. Bailey/Foxton, Barrel/Shoshone, Gore/Minturn/Dowd/Eagle, Middle/Lower Tenmile...that should keep you busy for a week.
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Old 06-11-2010   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'm leaning toward running stuff off of 70. We've done a few runs up there (Dowd Chutes, Sho-sho, etc), but like you say there's lots up there.

We did run several miles of the Taylor last year, and although I liked the wilderness feel to it (it was close to the road, but you couldn't tell) the whitewater seemed more like class II to me, with one spot I think was a III. Maybe we just picked a flat section? I'd need to look at the CRC to figure out where we were.
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New Generation to South Bank is the run of choice on the start a little above The Slot and have Initiation, Phil's Flume, Tombstone, and Toilet Bowl below there, all solid III. It's class II below South Bank, and there are a couple of solid drops in the top, intermixed with class II.

Vail to Edwards should be a good full-day for you.

If you haven't done it consider Granite to BV for a full-day (with or without Pine Creek).

Keep an eye on the South Fork South Platte near Lake George. If it's above 250 you should definitely do 11 mile canyon...have fun!
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