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Old 06-10-2011   #1
 
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Rafting Gore Creek thru Vail?

Has anyone done it and at what water levels? My buddy and I have scouted the run and it's doable at this water level. Just wondering how often it has been done.

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Old 06-11-2011   #2
 
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seems like it would be a little tight...
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Old 06-11-2011   #3
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Technical, but plenty of water to do it at these levels. I know Sage & Timberline do commercial trips on Gore Creek too, so they might have a better idea of how low you can go. I think they use 12' rafts. Leave the oars at home and take a paddle raft.
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Thanks for the mention Alpine Quest! Yes, Timberline Tours does do this stretch at current water levels. We use 13' boats with max of 5 people + guide.

This stretch is totally raftable but pay attention to fluctuations in water levels based on temperatures. Watch for bridges in East Vail. We take out at Stephens Park to avoid the pipes further downstream in the Intermountain area. There is one pipe you must go over and the eddy above it can be a bit hard to catch.

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Yes to what Alpine Quest and Timberline said. We are rafting commercially every day on this stretch. Gore Creek is running 1000 cfs above Red Sandstone Creek and you can fit under the bridges at this level in a paddle raft --- you'll be ducking (No oar frames). Lionshead to Stephens Park is good Class lV. You can scout from the bike path. 2 pipe hazards below Stephens Park (above confluence with the Eagle River).
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Thanks for the info. We're going to run the shuttle right now and it should be fun!
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We just had a 3 other people express interest in going and i'm short on vests. Could either of your companies( Timberline or Sage) rent us a few for the day?
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Unfortunately, due to liability reasons, we are unable to rent PFDs to private boaters.

We are currently running 2 class IV trips, so please let us know if you're interested in rafting with us.

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Alpine Quest Sports rents PFDs, helmets, wetsuits and splash tops. Give them a shout 970-926-3867
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FYI I live in Vail and see Sage out on Gore Creek almost every day and have never seen a Timberline boat on it. Detail questions I'd call Sage up. It's a great stretch have fun out there!
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