Grape Creek Temple Canyon - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-08-2015   #1
 
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 17
Grape Creek Temple Canyon

We ran this on June 7th. It was a little shallow but good to go. We had 2 kayaks and a ducky.

We found 2 "new" hazards just after the dam. Both involve overhanging trees. The first can be run on the left and the second can be run on the right but the lines are tight and you will hit the bushes. It is not hard but by the time you see it you will be committed. Kayaks were easier to get through than the IK.

A small hand saw would remove both of these hazards with a few minutes work.

The fence is gone.

We saw at least 6 waterfalls. AMAZING

caseyh is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-08-2015   #2
boof splash
 
kuuskv's Avatar
 
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 157
I've never paddled this stretch but I'm curious. How long did the run take? Why not put in at Access Road 6227?
kuuskv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #3
 
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 17
I would guess 3 hours in including the portage and a little carn. And I had to carve a drain plug. Whoops

I do not know anything about other sections or put-ins.
caseyh is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-08-2015   #4
KSC
 
KSC's Avatar
 
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2003
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,104
Is this the main canyon section that people run on Grape Creek? I haven't heard any noise about it for a while but people seem to usually come out of it saying either they portaged a lot and the whitewater wasn't very good or ran some sketchy drops and the whitewater wasn't very good.
KSC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #5
 
Dave Frank's Avatar
 
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,822
I ran this twice back in the 90's. It was a good adventure, but not worthy on the rapids alone. More water is better, and if you have a shuttle driver, just take out at Temple canyon. you can camp here as well. All the bigger drops are above Temple.

More water is better, though I have no recollection of what that implies. Expect a few portages of wood, and maybe a fence, though that may have been below. I think there is a gauge for above the res, and if its full, it should be what's in the canyon.
__________________
Dave

(seven two 0)-298-2242
Dave Frank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #6
 
Boatin', Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 202
Casey is not referring to "the tights" - where the drops are, he is talking about lower grape. It's a fun, gorgeous, busy water run that ends on the Arkansas.
Peev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #7
 
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 17
Correct. I am talking about the class II/III section below the bridge at Temple Canyon state park. It is basically a scenic lazy river in a tiny canyon that rarely runs. With the exception of the rapid below the dam, it is all fast technical class 2.

My understanding of the upper is that it is class 4/5 manky and only worth it if your already in town and already ran everything else.
caseyh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #8
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,387
What about from DeWeese to the put in for the regular run? On the regular run,regularly run by a handful of people apx. every fifth year ,would it be more fun for an adventurous class 'tree"( easy but creeky with wood issues)boater than the disappointed class V creekers who usually do it? What are we talking when you say busy water?c
Continuous but featureless or frequent II-III drops?
Thanx
Edit ,sorry just saw last post about lwr.
cayo 2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #9
 
Boatin', Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 202
No, the upper section would not be more fun for less adventurous. The tights are full on class V, manky as fuck. The lower section Casey was referring to is fun, fast, tons of blind corners, featureless water with the exception of one drop.
Peev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2015   #10
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,387
I think you misinterpreted what I meant..lemme try again...would the normal run ,other than the Tights-which would definitely be scouted and mostly portaged,seem more fun to an adventurous III/IV boater very experienced in wood infested junk creeks, but not a class V guy, than to someone looking for more goods?..isn't the Tights just a short portion of the run,might not the rest of the run be better appreciated by a very adventurous but less skilled boater.?..beating a dead horse I suppose but this creek might actually have a rare boatable window this year..like a lot of oddball stuff
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
Grape Creek Beta - Best hike in years! Ed Hansen Whitewater Kayaking 1 05-06-2004 10:25 PM
Grape Creek dregina Whitewater Kayaking 8 05-05-2004 01:16 AM
Grape Creek Tuesday or Wednesday (4 or 5 May 2004) Ed Hansen Whitewater Kayaking 2 05-02-2004 05:48 PM
grape creek? think it will be good 5/2, or later? angstboater Whitewater Kayaking 2 05-02-2004 10:16 AM
Is Grape creek running? Dave Frank Whitewater Kayaking 25 04-29-2004 05:50 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:14 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.