Good lord. I can't believe you even attempted to fish at 9k cfs. I went down the Chukar Trail at 10K and it was GC-sized water. If it's that high, I'll probably cancel my permit. Thanks for the tips! That ivy sounds brutal. I'm not easily affected by it, but I'll be sure to warn my trip partners.Ooft - that's gonna be HOT! Plan to hike in and out EARLY!!!!!! I did a June 20-ish trip a few years ago trying to hit the salmonfly hatch, and ended up sleeping half the time. Partly because it was about 100 degrees in the shade, and partly because the river was running 9000 cfs, and fishing was a little tough with those flows! Couldn't even sit in the river to cool down because there weren't any eddies. I'm guessing it'll be just as hot, if not hotter, in July, but hopefully the flows will have ramped down by then. My other two trips have been in September, and it's been FANTASTIC fishing. My only warning (besides the heat) is about the poison ivy. No joke - it's everywhere. The camps are mostly free of it, but it's pretty prevalent everywhere else. Almost unavoidable on the hike up and down the canyon. Down in the canyon itself it's all over too, but you can at least go around it.
Good advice, thank you. I have never been in the canyon. Been to the rim. Hiked the Chukar trail (and saw the poison ivy trees). I'm not affected much by heat or ivy, I regularly work in/around both on the river. I'll bring some hiking shoes for the trail and rinse off at the bottom. Hoping for good water levels to get into some serious fish. This hike has been a dream of mine for a few years, stoked to have finally landed a permit. Thanks all for your advice!I used to go down Red Rocks before it went to permit. My Dad knew the landowners and they let us cross their property to access the trail.
The trail down gets hot in the summer as others have mentioned, and the poison Ivy is bad along the lower trail and in the canyon. The cheat grass at times can be bad on the upper trail. I wore long socks on the start and kept some lightweight pants available in my pack to throw on when the Ivy starts to show up. If your really allergic or paranoid maybe a thin long sleeve shirt too. At the river, I washed the pants in hopes to clean any Ivy oils.
We still regularly go into the canyon..but in different locations. We floated past redrocks last year and stopped to fish a bit
OP...Have you ever been in the Canyon Before?