I'm curious what the last day is like before Clay Hills? Is it a raft-a-drag? I really hope its doable I'm getting excited for this trip. If their is any other good advice about this trip that you could share, I would really appreciate it.
we did it in April, 900 cfs, though it might of come up to 1100. we just got up early on the last day and hauled ass. 3 hrs to the takeout, we never got stuck, but its best to have a person sit in the front, kinda like that girl in the Titanic movie. have fun, it should be a squelcher down there.
Did Mex hat to Clay hills late July a few years back at 900-1100. Last day was slow with 4-5 hours from Oljeto. the channel was very visible cause most bars were visible. Lots of meanders of the channel. NO wind. HOT. 110-120 day with nights down to 90s-100.
Got off June 21st this year. Flow 1000-1100 again and the bars were just hidden. Only had a few drags. Problem this trip was big wind the last 3-4 miles. Had two rowers on the oars. Seemed like more sediment than last time. Went from Grand Gulch so had 13 miles. Around 6 hours. Big S meanders, so distance seemed like lots more.
I've been down the San Juan many times at low water. Here are some thoughts:
Start early-5:30ish to catch the cooler part of the day and to avoid afternoon furnace winds.
Lighten the boat-don't carry water for 3 days on the last 14-or-so mile stretch.
Share weight with other boats to even loads. Don't let one boat be the "gear hauler" and then have to wait at the lunch spot or take out after multiple shallow encounters and mounting emotional dispositions.
Read the water, use your imagination. Think serpentine on that last stretch. I have done the river down to 450cfs in October and also in August and it can be done--in good fashion...Good eyes, Beer, snacks, patience, and good people.
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