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Dirty Devil at 800

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Dirty Devil at 800

Post by Compton Boater on Tue 30 Aug 2011, 12:54 pm

Has anyone done the Dirty Devil around 800 cfs? It is at 800 right now which seems like an ideal flow where you could finish it in 2-3 days. Is there a shorter section than the 76 miles? Does anyone know how long does it take at this flow? Are there any rapids above Class 2? Seems like it could be a good choice this weekend for the little one as long as there are no strange rapids. I assume the Class V hole Scotticus is talking about is a temporary head cut from lake Powell sand deposits.

Here is Scotticus's write up from 200 cfs last year:

This is a very beautiful and remote desert gorge run, a favorate hangout
of Butch Cassidy and other outlaws. Also, the local sheriff claims that
they will not attempt search-and-rescue operations in this canyon. That
said, this canyon is still well worth while for those that brave its
depths. Sandstone cliffs tower hundreds of feet over you; the canyon
rims reach up to 2,000 feet above the river. During rain showers,
hundreds of falls from overhanging walls plummet directly into the
river, dramatically raising the river level by several feet which was a
pleasure to run. Normally it flows at a few dozen cfs. During the late
winter and early spring, the flows will increase to 100-200 cfs before
water gets diverted for irrigation around the first of April. But all it
takes is a constant drivel of rain for about a day or two to raise the
flow to a high level. In fact, the flows can and have reached upwards of
30,000 cfs. Up-rooted tamarasks caught-up 30 feet above the river at
the Poison Springs gage attest to this. Mid canyon, the gradient picks
up a little with a few class two rapids at moderate flows, and really
grindy rapids at under 200 cfs. But I recall a short but fun class III
rapid about ten miles below the Poison Springs gage. At extremely high
water, there is a rumored class V+ hole near the bottom of the run, and
the whole canyon has been run in a single day. But normally the canyon
is a flat low-water float. At minumum levels, the first two days will be
a float-and-drag for you, and there will be much quicksand to trudge
through. I'd recommend bringing river boots that won't get sucked off
and lost. The river gets progrossively more channelized after day two.
And then maybe twenty miles of occasional pool-drop rapids. In this area
the river bed consists of large angular gravel cemented into a matrix
of clay, which will tear up the bottom of cheap inflatables. The 76 mile
run will take you three to six days to run, aside from hiking
excursions. There are many hiking options in the various slot canyons
accessable from the river. Truly, this is a wonderful river adventure.

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Re: Dirty Devil at 800

Post by Compton Boater on Tue 30 Aug 2011, 1:36 pm

Looks like Poison Springs Wash Road cuts off half of the 75. Might make it reasonable.

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Re: Dirty Devil at 800

Post by scotticus on Tue 30 Aug 2011, 1:42 pm

I so wish I could hit it up again, during the summer, when its warm. I knew my trip was going to be quite an adventure from the first hour.......while hitch-hiking in the bed of a pick-up during a snowstorm up over the 60 mile Spanish Fork pass during Christmas.

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Re: Dirty Devil at 800

Post by Compton Boater on Wed 31 Aug 2011, 11:35 am

Its dropping quick but there's rain in the forecast

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