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Logan @900




Bridger is still class II+ at 900. Its a little washed out. I am told the surfing is better in the 700-800 range. Some low brush could make it class III I guess. This is a good beginner run, although its short. Since it ends in a pond, you would probably not lose any gear in case of a swim, and you can do some roll practice in the pond too. The water is still cold, maybe 50.
We put in about a quarter mile above Bridger, at a very low bridge, which has wood on it. Putting in higher (like below 3rd dam) is not recommended due to that low bridge with wood.

Then, we had a great time on the upper 2/3 of the "upper Logan" run. 900 is a really great flow. We put in 1.1 miles above Ricks Springs, to get the best of the Red Banks section, without taking up too much time since it was late. Right below Ricks Spring, the waves really pick up.
The 50 foot slide visible from the road has a strong lateral at the bottom on the left, and almost flipped some of us. Great rapids continue into the wilderness stretch, with some decent surf waves too. Playboaters would like this stretch. These rapids don't seem to have lost much punch compared to the 1300 level, with some technical eddies to catch if you feel like it. Then it mellows out in the wilderness meanders, with great vistas of cliffs and forest. After crossing back under the road, some more rapids really keep your attention, such a great level. I am always surprised there are not more paddlers on this run. It was unusual to even see the one other group we did see yesterday. We took out at dusk, at the pullout loop a half mile above Monolith. Some locals used the exact same takeout before us; they said that is the only big takeout eddy above the riverwide log (.4 miles above Monolith).
If we had more daylight, we would have reset shuttle to do Monolith down to St Annes; that would have added 4 more IV rapids. As it was, we did about 4 miles, with some sustained IV- and IV sections. In general this is a narrow river, with some brush near the banks, but usually a clear line down the middle. I'd be psyched to go back up there tomorrow. I have room for a rider or two from Riverdale.
If this sounds like your thing, give me a ring!
Cheers-
Bill
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Post on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 11:59 am by wasatchbill

We went back up to the Logan this weekend; 550 on the gauge. Heard of a couple locals still running Staircase, and the 2nd dam drop (3 tiered 15 footer). Woodcamp and Bridger are gtg; upper Logan looks reasonably good too. We ran Woodcamp all the way to 3rd dam; there is one big log below Card, sneakable left. Quite a bit of brush below Card. If anyone wants to clean up a II+ section, this and Bridger could use some work, and they are quality.


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Post on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 12:26 pm by Jeff Young

I heard there was a river wide log a short distance above Monolith and a log on top of one of the rocks in Monolith thats causing an issue, just a heads up

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Post on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 12:46 pm by wasatchbill

Yep, those logs are still there. Amazing to me that the riverwide log did not blow out at the high flood levels. It bent but did not break.
http://www.utrivers.com/t744-logan-wood#3620

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