This is a autumn trip — 4-days / 3-nights — paddling and hiking in Horsethief and Ruby Canyons of the Colorado River in western Colorado and eastern Utah — Tuesday, October 11th – Friday, October 14th. If all goes well we will launch the 11th by 10 am, be hiking in Rattlesnake Canyon (Mile 3.2) until late afternoon and camping at Beavertail 2 (Mile 3.6). The 12th we’ll paddle about 10 miles to Mee Canyon (Mile 13.6), hiking in the afternoon/evening and/or the following morning to early afternoon. Late afternoon, October 13, we paddle about 3 miles down to Black Rocks 5 (Mile 16.5). October 14 is takeout day — but don’t expect to get to Westwater before late afternoon. We will start early and paddle about 1.5 miles to McDonald Creek to check out the petroglyphs and then another .2 mile to Knowles Canyon to hike.
See the recently revised trip flier for details and requirements.
Because this is intended to be a boating AND HIKING trip, expect to be paddling in the late afternoon when the winds are likely to be the worst. The two longest hikes (Rattlesnake Canyon on Day 1 and Knowles Canyon on Day 4 will not be hiking from camp. You don’t have to hike, but BLM rules require that, as boaters, we stay together as a group.