Yampa, Cross Mt Canyon @ ~600 - Mountain Buzz

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Old 08-11-2010   #1
Hanover, New Hampshire
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Yampa, Cross Mt Canyon @ ~600

Anyone know what the Cross Mountain Canyon section of the Yampa is like at its current level (585 cfs). AW rates it as IV(V) but the description says its III- below 300 cfs. I'm guessing its probably around class III? Can anyone provide further description? Thanks!

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Old 08-11-2010   #2
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greetings mr elbo,

i have run ("walked") cross down to 250 and i know it's been done even lower than that. at levels below 300-350, i begin to look elsewhere for my fix ..especially if I am driving far. at these low levels i don't recall any V in there but, go in expecting much tight rock dodging IV and a few spots that are IV+. what i really like about cross at this time of year is the lack of flat-water and the ability to do two or three runs a day. also, i have seen a few buzzworms during late season cross runs, so be careful where you put your hands and feet while scouting. post pics of your trip. BA
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Old 08-12-2010   #3
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Mainly Class 3. A few Class 4 moves...
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Old 08-12-2010   #4
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I'll even say it's a III+. A little easier than Waterton. There's one cool little slide falls (midway), and a river-wide hole that may be a rock toward the end of the run. It's worth it if you do a few laps.
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