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Old 04-10-2010   #1
 
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Piedra TR 4/10/10

just got back 4/10/10
cold.
LOW!
long.
there is wood in 1st mud.
The water is low and cold.
2nd mud changed again take a look see..it went smooth as butter for us, as did the whole run...

There are also 4-5 trees down above the gorges that may pose a problem later in the higher water season. Again, everything goes...

As it stands all rapids were clear with exception of 1st mud, and we ran everything, even 1st mud without indecent.

enjoy!

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Did Piedra last year at peak of 2100 something and got spanked, might be a good time to do it sooner than later.
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yeah, water was low; 1200 on early season gauge...like 800/900 ish according to the bible.

watch out noobs cause water is COLD!
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I am planning a trip between June 3 -10 for the entire section and we will have a raft on the run. Can anyone comment on the availability of water in this section during said dates or when it typically peaks? Thanks!
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Jonny-

I don't do flow projections for the Piedra, but with the recent dust storms, and the nature of the Piedra, it will likely be past peak at that time, but still runable.

Hesperus - 2360 cfs is what we ran it at (USGS). Yes, we got spanked, but I will put that on our inexperienced paddle crew. Get that roll and let's go kayak it!
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Thanks. A little research shows that historically there are 2 peaks....1 around the end of April and another mid to late May. Beginning of June should probably bring moderate flows that are on the way down. Most likely enough water for a raft. I think i should be OK, esp. with the snowpack being close to 100% of average.
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We ran it yesterday-4/11.

A couple things to note- there is a tree almost riverwide below the Staircase (AKA meatgrinder)- there's a clear channel on river right but it's extremely narrow for rafts.

The Eye (AKA 2nd mudslide) has changed again- maybe a IV-/III+. It flushes you right where you want to go pretty much.
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were all these runs in kayaks?
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were all these runs in kayaks?
No, that's why I added the note. We had three rafts- a superpuma, my 14' highside, and a slightly larger Aire. All three got stuck on rocks some in the upper gorge.

The place where the tree is down, we all three had to scrape through the narrow right channel to go around it.

Everything was good to go in a raft. The gauge read 1400, we had about 1050- 1100. All but two of the hot springs were buried.
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oops...guess I warnt readin'no good
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