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Old 06-23-2010   #1
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Hell's Canyon Snake

Looking at adding last minute as a rafter to a group on a Hell's Canyon Snake trip. Any advice? What USGS site to do I check the CFS at? I understand it's fairly high now, is this true? Are Granite and Wild Sheep the main to rapids to worry about and any advice on lines through them?


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Old 06-23-2010   #2
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its not running that high now

its not running that high now

looks like 27k or so

here's site http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv...cd=00065,00060

just stop at wild sheep and granite for a look

the lines are pretty obvious--

huge pools above both and obvious horizon lines.

everything else is read and run.

Its all pool drop class III+ big water although some say wild sheep and granite are class IV

I've found that some of the no name wave trains usually cause more flips.

just keep nose down stream and stay on the oars.

If the weather in boise is 90, it'll be over 100 in the canyon. Bring your own shade.

have fun

pm if any questions, I run HC several times a season always a great trip.

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Ya we just got back 2 weeks ago running mid to upper 20's when we started rising to 40s over the next 3 days but it probably won't go back up there again. It was 120K at Heller Bar with the Main and Grand Ronde added. Scout Sheep and Granite and the lines are obvious. You might scout Rush Creek too but the fact that there is a big hole there (at these levels) is pretty obvious as you approach it -- we ran right of the hole, which seemed to be the only/best option. I definitely concur with the previous poster's comment about the wave trains - - "T up" - - these are powerful waves and can surprise you. Very nice trip. Be nice to the jetboaters and commercial guides you might need them!
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