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Old 06-11-2019   #1
 
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Dolores This Weekend 6/14

Looking for a fun and leisurely trip this weekend! Slickrock to Bedrock, 50 miles. Any ideas on side hikes or others planning to do that stretch this weekend?

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Did you end up running it? gonna go this weekend looking for same info
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Yes, The flow was near 3000cfs Slickrock to Bedrock. Some campsites identified in the draft River Map publication flooded and inaccessable due to overgrown willows and tamarisk. If you are doing that stretch I could give you some suggestions for campsites. All rapids were easy to run.
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High water campsites

Thank you, we are launching Thursday with 6 people. Can you tell us which campsites were unusable? Which were usable?

Thanks!!! Alan
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"easy to run"?

Hi again,

Can you elaborate? "Easy" because they were 3s and not 4s? 2s not 3s? Washed out wave trains? Any strainers?

Thanks! Alan
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Haha, one more question: how bad were the bugs?

Thanks.
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Yes, The flow was near 3000cfs Slickrock to Bedrock. Some campsites identified in the draft River Map publication flooded and inaccessable due to overgrown willows and tamarisk. If you are doing that stretch I could give you some suggestions for campsites. All rapids were easy to run.
That would awsome if you could share. Thanks!
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Thank you, we are launching Thursday with 6 people. Can you tell us which campsites were unusable? Which were usable?

Thanks!!! Alan
Hopfully see you guys down there
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Old 06-17-2019   #9
 
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Latest release info as of today.

McPhee Release Update for Monday June 17, 2019 :: Dolores Water Conservancy District

Looks like they will be ramping down to 1200 cfs. Bugs were not a problem, some gnats, mosquitoes were not bad either, however with the flows being reduced the flooded areas may produce more bugs. Poison Ivy was prevalent in some areas, take caution. Look for ledges/rocks to stop on and flat spots above. Difficult to stop in swift moving water when we saw a camping spot, should not be a problem in lower flows

Rapids were pretty much washed out at 3400 cfs with fun waves.

Campsites

Mile 64 RR looked like a nice point bar to camp on. Large area

Mile 68 large overhang on RR produces shade on 3 camps on RL pull in amongst willows and box elders. Did not stop already taken. 3 pull in spots

Mile 72-73 Right after Archaeological site RL one right after the river turns left and another about 100-200 yards down stream on left.

Mile 79 ledge looked decent small

Mile 84 3 or 4 sites on RL with over hangs the the 1st and last looked best (stickers); 1 or 2 large sites on RR pull in before you make the turn.

Mile 88 1/2 RL before river turns right steep climb up 8-10 ft (well used) 3 spots to pull boats up large camp no shade on bench but has trees back up in the wash. Can hike up the wash a good ways. Nice views! Bring shade.

Plenty of other accessible camps between mile 89 - 93. not much after La Sal rapid unless you get creative.

Enjoy!
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Thanks!

Really appreciate all the beta- Thanks!
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