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Old 04-30-2018   #1
 
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Upper Animas River: Hazardous Trees

R2'd from 14th Street in Silverton thru Rockwood Sunday April 29.
3 issues with trees.

Just above cement creek the river has cut into the river right bank and into a growing tree that blocks 90% of the channel at 175 cfs. Will only be worse at higher flows, definitely no rafts, kayaks with caution.

Ten mile Rapid. Below the main rapid and 200-300 yards below the high water safety eddy (commercial rafters, you know the spot, past the big stuff) a tree has fallen from river right and currently blocks the only raft line on the sweeping right hand turn. At 350 cfs plenty of time and space to eddy out. Then what? R2 or kayak can ferry in below the tree, no decent options for a commercial raft.

Needleton. River left just above and below the bridge four trees are down creating no issues. Unlikely that flows this year will put them in the river.

Be safe,
James

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Thanks for the post. How often do you get on the Upper A in April?
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Unfortunately maybe the new normal. But no, not so much, I'm not a kayaker so the options of what can be hiked out at Rockwood, well....
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Well, actually, is that considered the Upper Animas these days. What is launching at Silverton called?
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Well, actually, is that considered the Upper Animas these days. What is launching at Silverton called?
Silverton to Tacoma is still the Upper Animas, and the Rockwood Box is still the Rockwood Box.....
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