I recommend staying over at one of the sites (lower little d is nice) and taking your time to go down. Probably won't be too much time to play if you are attempting to do it in a day. The paddle out in the flats take some time.
At 4200, count on about 6 hours of paddling- 2 hours in to the Marble Canyon, an hour through the meat, and about 2.5 to three to get out (3+ if you have a spud boat). Add any play time, and then subtract your total from 4:30pm if you really don't want to paddle out in the dark. The paddle out isn't really that bad because the river gets a little channelized at low water. I think the lowest I've done was a 2200 cfs day trip in February one year, and we were done before dark. But, we didn't play much because of the cold.
Thanks for the info, what playspots should I plan on hitting to get the most bang for my buck, so to speak, since time will of the essence? And is paddling out in the dark a bad idea, is the takeout easy to spot and are the last few miles literally flatwater?
Piece of cake....No problem to paddle it in a day. Play all you want. I commend you for gettin in there in the winter. I've paddled it every month September - April and always made it. I've definitely paddled out in the dark, but it's not bad - just make sure to be safe, very very safe. Little D is the best play, but it's better with lower water and you'll have to hike it every time at this level.
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