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Old 09-30-2007   #1
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Henry's Fork Sheep Falls run?

We want to go huck Lower Mesa in mid-October. The Henry's Fork still has around 1,500 in it so it should be good to go (we've heard it goes as long as there's no snow).

For something else to do, what about above there, the Sheep Falls Run from Riverside Campground to Upper Mesa Falls? Heard it was 11 miles with three Class V's (waterfalls)? Could anyone pass beta along about this stretch? Might want to spend the night in there for fun if it's going? And the Henry's Fork always has water because of the dams.

Thanks for the help.

Backup is to go the other way and do the Black Canyon overnighter if we're lucky enough to still have flows at that time.

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Old 09-30-2007   #2
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We did that run last fall. There are two class Vs that we walked. I guess there could have been another in there but don't remember.

Here are some pics.

Picasa Web Albums - Bob - Henry's Fork

The run has another Class IV river wide ledge pool drop about a mile or two above the take-out/Upper Mesa Falls.

Also you can see the run pretty good with Google Earth. Locate Upper/Lower Mesa Falls and just move up river.

It is mostly flat water, but the scenery was awesome. Don't know about camping on the river. We stayed at the Lower Mesa camp ground.
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Old 10-01-2007   #3
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Sweet run, 3 class V's, though wouldn't call any of them a waterfall. Put in @ Fish Hatchery Ford--takes off 3-4 miles of flat water. Couple photos posted here: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River_detail_id_560_

With the current flow listed @ 1380, might be a little low. It has been a few years since I ran it that low. Lower Mesa goes any time of year. Plenty of camping along the river--couple years ago hiked down to Sheep Falls & slept on the bench--cool camp spot!


Pic of big drop numero tres:

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Old 10-01-2007   #4
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It's a good run, and still fun at low water. We did it Yesterday. Funy thing, the first gorge is marked by a sign on the right that say's "Danger Falls Ahead". The first two fives are sweet, there in the same mini gorge. Despite what AW says the second V is good to go at low water. There is a small hole, Just Boof it Big on the left, tons of fun, soft landings, air it out and you'll flush for sure.

The rest of the run is fun, One more easy drop to scout, and a few boogie III's or IV's laced throughout. Whitewater of The Southern Rockies describe the run as if it has annoying flat water, but it's scenic, with enough boogie, and the drops are spaced well enough to keep you entertained. Definately recommend it for the Low Water Blues!

The run is about 8 miles, and takes only a couple hours.

- Fun day of boating when combined with Lower Mesa, for sure.
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Old 10-01-2007   #5
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Alright Smokey C, you know you gotta run Lower Mesa Right Side to properly represent RCRE. It would be just yet another triumph for RCRE if you take it all in one.
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I was waiting for someone to call me out.....
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RCRE has already run right side. 3 or 4 years ago. Don't try and bring the boys down
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Old 10-02-2007   #8
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Just because ONE person from RCRE has run the right side does not mean that RCRE has already done it. Proceed to call the crew out...
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