We have another minor dilemma and it's a bit time sensitive, so I'm starting a new thread. We are currently scheduled for a 5 night trip from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills in less than two weeks. Our 5th night stay is at Slickhorn C. Flow is expected to be 3,000 - 4,000 CFS. From what I've read, this should mean we'll be moving right along.
I initially planned 5 nights because I assumed the flow wouldn't be this high. We're totally fine with doing a layover day though. We picked Mexican Hat to Clay Hills because that's what I was able to obtain when the unaccepted permits became available.
Our current plan is to car camp at Sand Island the night before and then drive to Mexican Hat the morning of launch day. We're now in a situation where we have the opportunity to launch one day earlier and do the entire Sand Island to Clay Hills Section. The only rub is that we wouldn't launch until late afternoon. We would still be able to keep our Slickhorn C site, but it would now be night 6.
So the options are:
A) Arrive at Sand Island mid-afternoon, car camp, drive to Mexican Hat the next day, and do 5 nights from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills
B) Arrive at Sand Island mid-afternoon, launch late afternoon, and float Sand Island to Clay Hills in 6 nights (taking out the same day as Option A).
Normally, one night wouldn't seem like enough additional time to add that entier section... but with a flow at 3,000-4,000 CFS, it seems this should be. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.