PackRaft Colorado Break-In Areas?? - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-30-2013   #1
 
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
PackRaft Colorado Break-In Areas??

Hello,

We just picked up some Alpacka Pack Rafts and are looking for some easy training areas to break em in. We have no prior kayaking experience, just the occasional raft floats.

areas we've come across :
willow creek out of steamboat springs
Arkansas out of leadville to granite

i was wondering about the west fork of the Platte from buffalo creek town ?

any suggestions would be awesome we live in Golden.

thanks

chuck

cmcquade is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-30-2013   #2
____________________
 
rwhyman's Avatar
 
Unincorporated Douglas County, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 967
Upper Colorado outside of Kremmling.
__________________
Karma is like this: If we set causes in motion the effects come back to us.
rwhyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013   #3
 
lmyers's Avatar
 
Buena Vista, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4,769
I wouldn't recommend those choices.

If you want to do a beginner trip near Steamboat head for the Little Yampa Canyon.

I wouldn't float from Leadville to Granite, small streambed, bridges, etc. Milk Run just south of Buena Vista, Big Bend to Salida or Trading Post to Texas Creek would be excellent first time choices.

The Platte doesn't have a west fork.... if your looking at it near Buffalo Creek your either talking about the float immediately downstream from the Bailey takeout, or your talking Foxton (which is pretty solid III/III+) they are both on the North Fork South Platte.

Another option would be the Upper Colorado stretches between Pumphouse and Dotsero.
lmyers is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-30-2013   #4
 
fishdog's Avatar
 
Basalt, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2008
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1
The pink to black section of the Roaring Fork. Carbondale putin to the Westbridge take out. Flow should be less than 800 cfs.
fishdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013   #5
 
Hood River, Oregon
Paddling Since: 2163
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 295
Gunnison Gorge at low water would be fun in a pakcrafting. Plus you would get to do a little hike in and test the "pack" side of things. Enjoy.
David Spiegel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013   #6
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,387
Boulder Creek town Run -Shelley 's Cottages to. Lyons -Idaho Springs (Outer Limits to Kermits) -Clear Creek through Wheat Ridge /west suburbia -urban Platte -Tunnel 1 to Golden -Decker's -Foxton -Waterton are the standard II to III plus runs near Golden...Boulder Creek is probably the most fun of the easier ones., you could run below the park then move up as you get comfortable...you could run Decker's THE beginner run and then move over to lower foxton (last 2 miles above Waterton.) is out of the city at least ..you can pretty easily scout all of these by road or bike path /trail...
cayo 2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013   #7
 
Pugetopolis, Washington
Paddling Since: 96
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 767
Just bought my girlfriend and I Pack rafts too. Got some sweet trips lined up in the Olympics in July.

Hiking into Rattlesnake Canyon,Mee or Knowles(think I'm getting names right,its been a long time and I don't live in CO)then floating out on Ruby Horse thief has always piqued my interest
BarryDingle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2013   #8
 
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmyers View Post
if your looking at it near Buffalo Creek your either talking about the float immediately downstream from the Bailey takeout, or your talking Foxton (which is pretty solid III/III+) they are both on the North Fork South Platte.
Great suggestion - we did three laps on the north fork of the south platte. Our putin was somewhere around the last mile of "foxton" before the two forks meet and head towards waterton. We then floating down under the bridge towards waterton. A great training run. We have also enjoyued our backyard: clear creek from tunnel 1 through golden water park, also a fun time when running at 1000 cfu's

thanks for the advice
cmcquade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2013   #9
 
Thronton, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2008
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 668
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmcquade View Post
Great suggestion - we did three laps on the north fork of the south platte. Our putin was somewhere around the last mile of "foxton" before the two forks meet and head towards waterton. We then floating down under the bridge towards waterton. A great training run. We have also enjoyued our backyard: clear creek from tunnel 1 through golden water park, also a fun time when running at 1000 cfu's

thanks for the advice
Would that be good in a mini-Max with my wife and a couple of kids? Anything more than class III in there? If it's similar to Boulder Creek from Eban G, I need to give that one a try!

We're looking for quick and relatively easy runs close to town to play in our mini-Max. The wife and I need a lot of practice R2ing, the kids only paddle when they want to. LOL
BoilermakerU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013   #10
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,387
You don't usually see rafts on Foxton but a mini me would surely go above 400 with maybe a few bony spots.....You could do about 5 1/2 miles from 1/2 mile above the intersection of Foxton and River road to Waterton, good access points, the middle portion of this is slightly more difficult than the good parts (upper Eben G.Fine park to the lower bridge -) of Boulder Creek town run but not as creeky /narrow a little bit technical but only III plus at 475-III below that maybe IV - ish above 700....from a pullout ( good puy in) 250:yards below the narrowest part of the road and river where the good rapids end to Waterton is about 3 miles and has several 2-3 rapids...all road scoutable and eady escape for kids if problems...nice scenery if it is not burned up


Tunnel one down is easier not many rapids ...some better ones from below dam to Tunnel one..kid swimmer unfriendly and will be bonier at this level...
cayo 2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Whitewater Packraft wyattroscoe Whitewater Kayaking 13 03-12-2013 11:55 PM
Packraft Rental/Borrow squeakyboater Whitewater Kayaking 2 11-29-2012 10:03 AM
2011 packraft sampler cold77 Whitewater Kayaking 1 10-17-2011 11:37 PM
Eskimo roll in a packraft cold77 Whitewater Kayaking 14 09-25-2011 10:50 PM
Packraft Porn cold77 Whitewater Kayaking 11 05-19-2011 10:44 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.