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Old 05-14-2015   #1
Salt Lake City, Utah
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26 foot trailer down to Mineral Bottom?

Has anybody towed a long trailer down the switchbacks to Mineral Bottom. I know the outfitters drag canoe and raft trailers. I have a 26 foot flatbed trailer attached to a Toyota Tundra.

Any beta would be greatly appreciated,


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Old 05-14-2015   #2
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When I helped design/manage Primal Quest Utah back in 2005 I know we had to stage our semi up top and bring a truck with trailer to the bottom to get the sea kayaks. Sadly I can't remember the exact size limits. With your trailer and truck I am guessing you are pushing 35-40 feet total. I know they widened and rebuilt the road to different specifications years ago when the road blew out.

I called the NPS unit there and they launch their J-Rigs there on high water years and they estimate the trailer to be around 30 feet and it makes it down the switchbacks. They didn't have a specific maximum recommendation though, so take it with a grain of salt.

Just know its a low water year and that cut bank at the "launch ramp" down there is going to affect the benefits of trying to drop a big inflated rig into the water. Might want to call some of the guide companies on that but I am not sure how many of them launch rigs their as Potash is the standard from what I understand.

Best of luck.

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Old 05-14-2015   #3
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no hijack intended, but having been up and down that road several times i would proceed with caution.

Now for the hijack... I remember that race, my wife and I were on the river that week doing a GR to confluence in our sea kayaks. We got down to Ruby and saw the big film/support raft and bummed some ice. Later we were on a sand bar below Trin alcove sipping icycool beers and watching the racers go by. They were looking at us like we were aliens. "what are they doing there" they would say. When we got to MB they were all dazed and confused " why would someone do this for fun" they were asking. Years later I met one of the racers and we boat together often, he still has one of the PFD's.
I can't imagine the agony those racers went thru, it sounded like a pretty tough course.
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Old 05-18-2015   #4
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I don't think so
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