Dolores put-in ?s- Slickrock vs Gypsum - Mountain Buzz
 



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Old 04-23-2017   #1
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Dolores put-in ?s- Slickrock vs Gypsum

Anyone got opinions or recent experience with the road to Big Gypsum Launch??
Or about that first 10ish river miles, from Slickrock to Big Gypsum??

No real time constraints or anything. Just thinking about ease of access for a little car on that dirt road...

It'll be mine and my whole crew's first time on the Dolores, so any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated!!

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Just did the Gypsum route and the road was in good shape. No problems and it does knock off 2 or 3 hours of running through a tunnel of tamarisk.
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Is there any free camping near the Gypsum put in. Is the any issues with have a few vehicles parked at ether Bedrock take out or the Gypsum put in.
I recall having parked my truck at the Bedrock take last time a ran this section but that was a few years ago.
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Road is in good condition, just dusty and long; 13mi.
You can camp at the Gyp put in.
Plenty of parking at both Gyp and Bedrock.
The river miles between Slick and Gyp are the least interesting on the lower D IMO but hey, your on the river.
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Road is in good condition, just dusty and long; 13mi.
You can camp at the Gyp put in.
Plenty of parking at both Gyp and Bedrock.
The river miles between Slick and Gyp are the least interesting on the lower D IMO but hey, your on the river.
The run between Slickrock and Gyp is called Little Glen Canyon. its OK, but not as nice as Slickrock Canyon further downstream. You won't miss much by launching at Gyp. I've done this once to save time, but usually launch at Slickrock to get more time on the river. We still end up spending three days on the river either way (taking out at Bedrock),,,
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How fast is the river? Is it reasonable to do Gyp to Bedrock in two days?
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Its about 36mi from the Gypsum Valley boat ramp to the Bedrock take-out, so you could probably do it in 2 days at a good flow level, but it doesn't leave much time for hiking, checking out petroglyphs, etc. which are the main attractions of this run. Slickrock canyon also has a lot of twists and turns, so its not something you can easily blast down like the San Juan. I recommend two full days taking out early on the 3rd.
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We did all but the last 6mi. in one day a couple weeks ago. Took us 6hrs. Could have easily done it in a day, we were in camp at 1:30.
Granted, we didn't stop but, I didn't feel like I was hammering out oar strokes either.
2 days is plenty.
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We do a lot of side hikes and need the extra time....
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Right on, I appreciate the feedback, guys.
I'm going for Gypsum for sure. Little extra time for hikes and looking at petroglyphs.
Tamarisk tunnel on the first 10 miles sounds kinda lame, too!
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