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Just located this on YouTube. Uploaded Sep 22, 2014. I don't know when it was shot.There are links in the notes to specific portions of the road.
Having reviewed this video, I was more concerned about the washes than the step. I guess on this day mud was a factor but climbing up out of one of the washes near the end (1:49:00) was pretty steep and loose. Any thoughts? I'm considering the same trip.
Having reviewed this video, I was more concerned about the washes than the step.
I drove South to North in a stock Subaru Outback on Dec. 29th, 2014 and came out fine. A few cosmetic scratches on the front bumper and the tailpipe as well as some light desert pinstriping on the brand new vehicle were worth the experience.
Did you manage to get the kayak wet on that trip? I have three in my backyard that are extremely thirsty at this point...
Quote from: Jalco on January 27, 2015, 04:43:53 PMDid you manage to get the kayak wet on that trip? I have three in my backyard that are extremely thirsty at this point...Yup..did the Santa Elena canyon upstream to Fern Valley and back (about 5 miles one way). Could have also floated up through Mariscal Canyon from Solis, but I didn't know that until it was too late. Castalon gauge was 3.5 ft and about 175cfs. I had a couple of spots where it was too shallow to paddle and I had to get out and pull the yak 50 feet or so.
Good for you man! Exciting to hear about people actually taking advantage of the utility in a Subaru. Taking the scratches and experience over the always safe route is worth it. And thumbs up for the kayaking as well, may bring mine and do those couple of trips you mentioned sometime.
Quote from: Apache on January 28, 2015, 04:50:49 PMGood for you man! Exciting to hear about people actually taking advantage of the utility in a Subaru. Taking the scratches and experience over the always safe route is worth it. And thumbs up for the kayaking as well, may bring mine and do those couple of trips you mentioned sometime.Definitely need low water to paddle upstream. It was 3.5ft and 175cfs at Castalon gauge on the day I went.. I'd estimate it would still be navigable all the way up to about 250-300cfs. Anything below 150cfs would likely be a walk and drag most of the way. I'd love to go farther, but the rockfall area about 7 miles in would stymie me. It would be a hard portage (my kayak is a flat water 14'). An overnight on a sandbar up there would be killer though!Sorry all if this got a bit off-topic.
"The Pinch" isn't nearly as bad ad it used to be. It used to have a foot or so drop off at times. Sometimes you have to get out and rebuild the ramp with rocks.The journey down black gap into the flats from Glenn Springs has given my ass cheeks a work out a time or two. Once I went down and the road had a good 2 foot wide erosion gap going across the road and down the other side. Had to straddle the edge of the cliff on the right side and pitch my jeep a few degrees to get around it. Of course, that's when they started "unmaintaining" it.www.virtualbigbend. com - now mobile friendly!
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