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Tributary - Piney River Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Colorado River

Tributary - Piney River Info
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Put In:  Piney Crossing
Take Out:  State Bridge
Difficulty:  Class V + to VI-
Gradient:  Average 176 fpm, Highest 400 fpm
Run Length:  19 miles
Good Level:  600 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  Flows are dependant on current snowpack
Season Comments:  May, June, July
Primary Season:  Usually runs during peak snow melt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Long class V/VI rapids with very few eddies. Most drops are seperated by small pools. Lots of boulder gardens, some waterfalls and slides with difficult lead ins.
Hazards:  This stretch of river is for expert paddlers only. Beaver Attack Falls is often portaged on the hiking trail. Always scout every rapid on this run because they often contain wood, the location of wood is also constantly changing. Bears are often present on the side of the river.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Upper section is public forest. Near the take out is a private ranch.
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Camping at the put in.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 108 miles (2 hours 27 minutes) West of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: The take out for this run is in State Bridge, park nearest to the bar without having to pay a parking fee.

Put In: From Vail take Red Sandstone Road for 10 miles, follow the signs toward Piney Lake. The put in at Piney Crossing Campground is a few miles before the lake.

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