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Old 09-04-2009   #1
 
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Thinking of taking a first timer down. From the put in, do you have to do the mile up hike, or can easier access be had, even if it cuts down on ww? Thanks.

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Here's a link to the trails that get you to the river. The Chuckar Trail definitely looks like the best option and why it's the one everybody uses.

BLM Colorado | Field Offices | Gunnison George Conservation Area | Trails

Here's a link to a map showing where the trails hit the river:

blm Colorado | Gunnison Georg National Conservation Area | River Map
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um, and it's a mile down
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If you don't want to do the hike, put-in at Pleasure Park and take out in Delta. Or run Escalante to Whitewater.
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You don't want to take a boat down any other trail other than the Chukar.
Taking a beginner in their own boat down the Gorge may not be a good idea. The flow has dropped also.
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If you don't want to do the hike, put-in at Pleasure Park and take out in Delta. Or run Escalante to Whitewater.
Pleasure park to Delta has a nasty diversion that you don't want to run! Take out at the Hwy. 65 Bridge...

Compared to the Gunny Gorge, PP - Hwy. 65 bridge or Escalante to Whitewater are pretty boring. If you're taking a raft you'll need to look at renting horses. If kayaking you can easily carry the mile. I think levels are getting too low for rafting now... less than 800 cfs is considered too low for rafting, although I did it at 400 in my 14' raft.

If you go have fun, be safe, and bring a fishing pole...
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