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Have two paddling partners and all day to spend. Would like to get on some moving water. Ran Pine Creek/Numbers at ~250cfs last week and that was worth doing, but seems kinda far now that it's at ~195.

Elevenmile looked promising yesterday, but seems to be low and dropping tonight.

Anything else within a ~4 hour drive of GJ in and worth doing?

Best I can tell, ELF of Rockwood, low water Browns or Royal, Gunny Gorge (actually decent flows), or low water Taylor are our options.

Anything I'm missing?

Gore is over our heads, still.

Westwater permits are all gone for that day.

Any help appreciated.
 

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Don't know if its too far, but the last rock report still put the Poudre at 2.4' which is great water for this time of year. Stevens down for 3+, Narrows for 4/5.
 

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Durango area is scheduled for big rain tomorrow afternoon. So Rockwood should be above elf status if you don't mind hiking in the rain.
 

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Interesting. Never hear anyone talk about this. Care to share any beta on character of the water at this level?
There are basically two rapids, one short one at the beginning and one long one at the end, both in the 3+ area. Lots of flatwater in between. Very nice canyon. When I ran it at 330 in 2008 or 2009 there was a mandatory portage right after the first rapid due to wood from a recent flood. It was a mess. I ran it a few years later at 3X the flow and the wood situation was much better but still somewhat of an issue. Not sure how it looks now.

I don't think I'd drive there from GJ for this flow having done it, but if you have a day off and want to see something new you'll have fun.
 

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Mike, I would definitely not run Lower Frying pan due to numerous riverwide logs in very bad places. I have also wanted to do this run many times but after scouting many miles of this run it is just nasty with wood. There is potential for nasty pins in many corners. Personally I'd opt for Taylor which is still great at 300 at Almont. Planning on Taylor myself probably on sunday with Ty Tanner and a couple of other GJ boaters. Really if the lower frying pan was clean there would be no debate on where to go.
 

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Hey MikeSee, trying to plan out some paddling for the holiday. Have Thursday thru Sunday off. I would be willing to check out Cross Mt. if you guys are available any of those days. Would want to make it a 2 day affair though for that distance. Let me know. Thx
 

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Hey MikeSee, trying to plan out some paddling for the holiday. Have Thursday thru Sunday off. I would be willing to check out Cross Mt. if you guys are available any of those days. Would want to make it a 2 day affair though for that distance. Let me know. Thx
Ran Cross today at ~550 on the Maybell gauge, ~1000 on the Deerlodge gauge. Sprinkled much of the afternoon and turned to rain all evening. Probably good to keep flows up for a few more days.

Ran the shuttle by bike--roughly an hour of riding, very mellow dirt route between takeout and put in.

Likely staying closer to home this weekend--but thanks for the invite.
 
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