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Old 03-07-2013   #1
 
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Anyone have any info/opinion about the floatability of the Escalante this year?

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Old 03-07-2013   #2
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creek or river?
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The creek should go. She goes early when she does. I think the mountains over there got *ok* snow pack... but someone correct me if I'm wrong. That's just what I heard.
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Old 03-07-2013   #4
 
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for the Escalante in Utah (Calf Creek to Lake Foul), I believe in looking at the Snow Water Equivalent at the WSTU1 SnoTel site:
WSTU1 - NOHRSC Graph plot

I can't figure out how to include the jpg of historical data, but if you go back and look at 2005 and 1993, those years had 3 feet and 2 feet SWE by April first and there was rockin flow (100-300 CFS at Calf Creek and more comes in downstream) both of those years.

Sadly the SWE is about 6" so far.
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Here's the Widtsoe SWE Graph:
NWCC - SNOTEL Water Year Graph
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There was a thread about this a couple weeks ago....someone posted a really good link that showed the % of snowpa k by specific stations,not entire drainages, Columbine Pass that feeds the Escalante was one of only a couple locales over 100%...112% last time I saw it....


Escalante is apparently runnable at absurdly low flows...a guy on the last thread claimed to have run it at 2 cfs at Calf Creek...the run is about the place not the rapids...still that would take forever at that level, over 70 miles...great run but hassle logistics unless you can afford to be picked up on Powell ..
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Powderhorn Ski Area is doing real well too...if this part of the state is doing the best should be good year for Plateau and Buzzard..always wanted to do Leon, maybe time to resurrect /re -explore Leon, Kannah, Terror, Robideaux, etc......
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kannah is full of barbwire fences and has unlikely been run in years, Robideaux is mostly flat and private, just a heads up. Buzzard is excellent, check with the local jct crew if the fences have been tied up, if not, caution on that. Most the wood was cut out a couple years ago.

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I walked Kannah from the top of the Mesa down this past summer. How far up about the lower trail head has it been ran?
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..a guy on the last thread claimed to have run it at 2 cfs at Calf Creek...the run is about the place not the rapids...still that would take forever at that level, over 70 miles...great run but hassle logistics unless you can afford to be picked up on Powell ..[/QUOTE]

It wasn't a GUY is was a GAL, and and gauge really did read 2 cfs. We were in packrafts and did ok, the only other folks we saw were in IKs and they weren't doing as well. We did go all of the way to the lake and got a power boat shuttle out- I would Never do this again. Exit at Coyote Gulch, when the canyon still looks beautiful and you don't have to see the destruction of the silt piles. Can't wait to do it again! There were some weakish members of the group, so it took us a week- a couple of us that were stronger paddlers could have done it in 5 days
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