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Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana

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Offline dprather

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Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« on: July 16, 2018, 02:28:19 PM »
I have read that one can paddle upriver from the mouth of Santa Elana Canyon until "can't" and then turn around and let the current wash you back down river to your beginning point. 

Is there likely to be enough water flow to do this in early August?

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline badknees

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Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2018, 05:41:31 PM »
I have read that one can paddle upriver from the mouth of Santa Elana Canyon until "can't" and then turn around and let the current wash you back down river to your beginning point. 

Is there likely to be enough water flow to do this in early August?

Is it likely to rain?
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Offline Jalco

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Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2018, 07:42:22 PM »
What day would you like to meet up? :dance:


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Offline dprather

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Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2018, 08:55:08 PM »
What day would you like to meet up? :dance:

This will be Tuesday, August 7
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Demon Deacon

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Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2018, 10:44:54 AM »
I can't specifically answer your question, but we went up as far as Fern Canyon in canoes in January 2015. Had to carry at a couple of points, but not far and just across some gravel banks, maybe 50 - 100 feet at most. I wouldn't exactly deem it portaging.

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Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2018, 05:04:59 PM »
I don't know one way or the other, but, isn't too hot to float the Rio Grande in August?

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Offline dprather

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Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2018, 10:06:55 PM »
I don't know one way or the other, but, isn't too hot to float the Rio Grande in August?

That  is a very good observation...I was wondering, though, if the interior of Santa Elana would be cooler
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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