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Zion park wood

Post by wasatchbill on Tue 31 Jan 2012, 5:14 pm

Chatting with the Visitors Center ranger, he mentioned wood right below the Court of the Partiarchs, where the IV starts. There is a large riverwide cottonwood cluster.
https://picasaweb.google.com/111448969306385292049/2012_1_30_Zion_VirginRiver#5703891069105469426

Perfect climbing weather (in the sun) down there.


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Re: Zion park wood

Post by Jeff Young on Tue 31 Jan 2012, 6:30 pm

Will they remove it or allow others to?
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Re: Zion park wood

Post by wasatchbill on Tue 31 Jan 2012, 8:04 pm

Edit: I put in a call to the park. Waiting to hear back.

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Re: Zion park wood

Post by wasatchbill on Fri 03 Feb 2012, 8:01 pm

Heard back. The park will not remove those logs. Furthermore they do not allow the removal of logs from the river at all.

Its legal to portage past the logs, which would involve walking past the park buildings on river left.

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Re: Zion park wood

Post by Craig.Bilderback on Fri 03 Feb 2012, 10:07 pm

Wow...So the park is effectively making that section of river off limits? Bummer.

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Re: Zion park wood

Post by wasatchbill on Fri 03 Feb 2012, 11:02 pm

No, not off limits, it would be a short portage on river left, which is legal (I made sure the portage past those park buildings is legal). This is at the start of the class IV, so if you are doing only the class IV, you would just put in a 100 yards lower (missing the first drop that is in the Eddyflower picture). They might be limbo-able at low levels. One could also portage the crux boulderfield, and put in a bit more downstream. There is another log in play on the left of that boulderfield.

Some things mentioned to me:
Boaters are a tiny fraction of park users; and most kayakers in the park take out at Court of the Patriarchs (in other words, most kayakers take out before the class IV).
Maybe high water this year will move those logs.

Our best bet is to hope for a big flash flood to clear that jam.
Meanwhile, Main Huntington still probably offers the best reward for the work, if anyone wants to head down there sometime.

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Re: Zion park wood

Post by Craig.Bilderback on Sat 04 Feb 2012, 3:30 am

Cool- I misread that as the portage is illegal.

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Re: Zion park wood

Post by Cap'n RedBeard on Mon 06 Feb 2012, 4:55 pm

The portage is easy but don't miss the eddy to catch right above the dam. If you run the dam you WILL end up in the log jam. Too bad, that was the one of the most fun sections of the park stretch. So when you smell horse poo, get out since the buildings right there are the horse corals.

Good luck with high flows anytime soon to knock it out. I was looking at it at one of its peaks last year and the water didn't even get close to budging it. That being said, it should be a good jam to catch logs from above keeping it clean below it...

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