John, I have no idea whether it is running or not. But in terms of the "illness of lines" Escalante isn't nearly as difficult or commiting as Vallecito. I have only done Vallecito once at 2.4, so I can't compare any other levels, but Escalante will be a low grade 5- if it goes this year. The water is warm, and you can walk and scout everything. Just don't run anything blind if you don't have a guide, mostly due to wood and a couple ugly rock placements. The book is pretty tell all...and Escalante is in my opinion a much easier run than Valle. You don't need a guide. Very fun nonetheless.
I may give you a call in a few weeks for Valle. My parents live down there, and I loved that run.