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Salt at Higher Water

This week the Salt is forecast to come spike as high as 10,000, and we are scheduled to launch a Wilderness trip at the peak of the spike. I've been on the Salt as high as 5,500 and it was big and pushy, but many of the rapids - at least in the upper 7 miles - were washed out. At these higher flows, what is to be expected? Do any of the rapids get significantly higher at flows above 5,000? If so, please tell me which ones we need to be more mindful of. Thanks!

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You might lay up before the gorge and wait for the water to drop out. Ive run the gorge at 6k, similar to you and it was great. I would call it just starting to get pushy but straight forward. It was my first run, we didn't scout anything and I was never worried about it. If you thought 5500 was real pushy and had your hands full......

I thought 6k was about the perfect level. I do think 10k would be a different animal in there. If nothing else a swim could get bad. I don't know that I would be fully scared of 10K, I'd have my A game on and want a solid crew for sure. 20k, Id be scared and likely have my tail between my legs in camp, assuming I knew it had come up to 20.


At 6k, water was well in the reeds and bank full but it didn't feel like flood. Channels were still defined. If shit started feeling like flood, all the rocks were gone, shit was washing, channels were connected, eddies were blowing out the back and boils were getting big up top, I'd be looking for a camp to ride out the storm before dropping in the gorge and beyond. I gotta imagine 10k is kind of the start of that, though that is speculation.

The prediction could be way off. Could only hit 6 (the last spike was supposed to be 10 and it only hit 6) or could hit 20+. That river is a nasty mistress, never know who she is going to be, except for beautiful. Good thing about it is if you need to pull over and hang for a couple days you can get out pretty quick even in the 5k range. Make sure to put a stick at waters edge when you pull over and keep tabs. If shit starts feeling super pushy, find a camp and wait for it to drop out.
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Oh, and get a couple Rapid Rungs. LOL
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10k is good 25k is a bit much.
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Most of the rapids are washed out at 10k. 6k is more difficult. There are some strange boils and eddy lines at 10k.
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zbaird is pretty spot on and yes the salt forecast is based on weather forecast so it is a prediction based on a prediction.
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I have been told that ledges gets real big but you can gut it if you are on your A game. Supposedily corkscrew is huge as well. Mr Ranger says its all fun and games to 7k then it gets serious.
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The crew you are with is absolutely critical in high flows anywhere. You are putting your life in they’re hands and vice versa. Not something to taken lightly.
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Wow, so nice to have Quartzite blasted otherwise this is a totally different conversation and recommendation.

It took us always half a day to disassemble, portage and half-ass reassemble multiple rafts around Quartzite and this was after ripping off fingernails inching down the left wall hoping to catch and keep a micro-eddy. You'd completed the reassembly out there on that huge gravel bar before proceeding, if it was there. Otherwise, as Little Big Man told General Custer "Mr Custer, you go there and you gonna die!".
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Wow, so nice to have Quartzite blasted
Blasphemy!!!
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