I have a permit, but also kid's as young as five for the event. Is it a kid friendly float? if so, at what flows. The kids love to boat, but haven't been beyond class III. anybody's experience or advice will be apprieciated.
The water is pretty easy. Just a few class III rapids and one class III+ (Hell's Half Mile) but besides that it is a beautiful float in a wonderful canyon. If you do it in the summer, the raft may bounce around alot because it can get a little shallow. Bring ALOT of beer because there is some flat water.
At low flows, very managable section of river. Can be bony in some spots making for chance of the old bump & fall, so kids keep a foot under tube, all good. Hell's and Triplet have easy trails down river left for scout and kid portaging. And now the Boof has taken it a little far...trying to be sneaky & get his ugly naked ass on a family trip?! BOO! Ban that retard.
As a former guide I can tell you that Lodore Canyon is an awsome family trip. If you can afford it pay the extra money for the extra day. Most of the side hikes are easy and short. The rapids are mellow but rocky. Bring along J.W.'s book The Exploration of the Colorado River and it's Canyons. A good wild flower guide and a good geology guide. The petroglyphs up the road in Echo Park are some of the most amazing ones I've ever seen. Enjoy but be respectful the canyon may look harsh on the outside but it is really very fragile.
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