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Meatgrinder Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Crystal River

Meatgrinder Info
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Put In:  North entrance to Redstone
Take Out:  Penny Hot Springs
Difficulty:  Class V +
Gradient:  Average 96 fpm, Highest 111 fpm
Run Length:  2 miles
Current Streamflow:  54 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - CRYSTAL RIVER ABV AVALANCHE CRK, NEAR REDSTONE, CO, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  Watertalk 303-831-7135, 5*, 12*. Crystal River above Avalanche Creek near Redstone, CO.
Good Level:  500 to 1100 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June, July
Primary Season:  This section runs during the snowmelt season
Permit:  No permit required
Character/Similar To:  Very continuous class V+ for 2 miles in a forest gorge.
Hazards:  Not recommended at high water. Possible log hazards and extremely cold water.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Several USFS campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 182 miles West of Denver
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: At milemarker 53, take dirt road leading down to the river at the north entrance of Redstone.

Take-out: Penny Springs is located down an embankment just above the Narrows near milemarker 55.

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