Mountain Buzz banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Willing to run some V's but don't won't a solid V non sop V kind of river.

Planning another trip out west this summer. We will be in Colorado mid June. What's the best 4-4+ runs we should make sure we hit. Trying to do some new stuff. Last year we did Boulder creek, South boulder, Bailey, parts of clear creek..ect..

I was thinking about the Gunnison area but not real sure...

Thanks
Pruitt
 
S

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Upper Animas is sweet. Also the 3rd Gorge of lime is a SWEET class 4+ creek, the 1st gorge of lime is also class 4+,5-. Lots to run in the Durango area and we are going to have a killer runoff. You should defiantly come to the western slope this year. Hit Gunny and Durango
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
213 Posts
Try the Piedra
Solid class 4 drops, easier at high water , but definitely would not want to swim, one class 5 walkable, very pretty, upper section (second box) has some nice class3-4 drops but should be 3s at moderate flows
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,471 Posts
On the other edge of your scale you could try clear creek of the arkansas. None of it is really class 5, but it's fast and mostly unscoutable. The area feels remote and is beautiful, but with a shuttle bunny you can get 5 runs in a couple of hours. The fun factor is huge, but it's not that dangerous if you don't spend much time upside down. You'll probably want a guide, but they'll be easy to find in BV if it's running. Also check out the Upper East outside of Crested Butte. It's not class V at moderate flows either.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
682 Posts
With all the snowpack, I'd say the upper Animas should be your A#1 destination for IV-IV+ in the state!

The Numbers on the Ark is pretty much the standard class IV around here and they should have good flow too.

Mid June's perfect though--you'll have more options than you can possibly hit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
157 Posts
The Poudre is also a great option. There are several sections that can fit that description, and once you feel confident, just go upstream a bit to try something harder.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
There is a nice, but short, section on Boulder Creek from Four Mile down to the park. That run is pretty continuous IV- with a fun IV at the end.

Bailey is fun Class IV with 2 easily portagable V's. (It's arguable whether Deer Creek Rapid is a IV or V, I say IV)

Royal George is THE classic colorado fun III with a couple of nice IV's thrown in the mix.

Upper Upper South Boulder Creek (aka Alta Alta) is a fun III-IV.

A bit south, but well worth the trip is the Lower Taos Box, mostly III with a few IV-. Nice long day!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
698 Posts
hey, in the gunny area we've got the LAKE FORK(3-4+)at high flows...the TAYLOR RIVER, which is 3-4 but really tech, the BIG CIMMARON comes in at 4-5 at med flows, harder with more water(what a treat) also we've got your EAST RIVER near crested butte which offers 4ish creeking..along with the other creeks in the area....if you want a mini-mission style 4-4+ w/lots of portages to keep it 4-4+,5-...look no further than the GUNNISON RIVER, near montrose.....it will blow your socks off...in the aspen area i'd look into the runs mentioned earlier but also look into the FRYING PAN below Rudy resevoir....high quality action...nothing over the top....have fun in colorado....
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top