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San Rafael How to combine a Float trip with canyoneering

Discussion in 'Utah' started by madman_lee, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. madman_lee

    madman_lee

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    Headed down to san rafael thia weekend and I'm trying to put together something that where I could float to a canyoneering loop hike. And end with a shuttle back.

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    Float first day and canyoneer the second day close by.

    Any reccomendations?
  2. Bootboy

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    Unfortunately I think you missed your window for a combo. Music canyon > muddy creek > hidden splendor would be great but the flow is too low now.

    The only float doable right now is the San Rafael itself.

    Also, it's bloody hot down there so I'd recommend just floating:)

    What boats do you have? Alpacka? Supais? Klymit?

    Do the San Rafael one day and either a day on the green or sevier if you've got the boats for it.


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  3. ratagonia

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    Long pants, long sleeves and a headnet might be in order.

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  4. madman_lee

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    We have inflatable kayaks Intel explorer k2.

    There are no wet canyons near by we could jump into?

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  5. madman_lee

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    Bugs will be bad?

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  6. Bootboy

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    They certainly have the potential to be.

    I was in Dark Canyon last week and they were present but not horrible. But it was breezy and I had long sleeves.

    Better to be prepared




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  7. Bootboy

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    Nothing in the immediate vicinity of the San Rafael river.

    Based on your boats, a float on the San Rafael sound like just the ticket.


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  8. madman_lee

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    It definitely does. Currently my group is split between floating and canyoneering. My thought was to float san rafael on Saturday and camp near the bridge. Then shuttle back towards castledale and drive south to get on i70 to grab a quick canyon on our way back to slc sunday. The canyon I was interested In were

    Lupacchiotta Canyon
    Double arch canyon
    Zero g canyon .

    Am I being too ambitious?

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  9. ratagonia

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    Did you notice it is hot out? No no, REALLY STINKIN HOT out. I have been in the Swell when it is hot out, and it is no fun. Floating the river in this heat seems OK. Hiking? Not so much.

    Then again, Zero G could be good. Mostly driving. Short hike, then playing in water (hopefully).

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  10. Taylor

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    Which part of the San Rafael do you intend to float? If you're going through the Little Grand Canyon/Wedge section, I may have some info for you.
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    Yes! Little grand canyon is what we want to do.

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  13. Deagol

    Deagol too many hobbies

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    we sort of combined canyons with a float trip, but chose a bigger river
    and there was obviously some driving involved between doing the canyons and doing the river, but it still worked.

  14. Scott Patterson

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    The side canyons of the San Rafael are well worth exploring (deep, scenic, with petrified logs, ruins, and pictographs), but they aren't slots. People do swim in the deep pool at Virgin Spring, but I don't know if it is a good idea since it's a good water source. If you want to do all of the side hikes, a three day trip is recommended, but I don't know if the river has enough water right now. All of the three major side canyons do have streams, so you can stay wet, though as mentioned, it will still be hot. Dry hikrs wouldn't be fun at all.
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