Fryingpan River - Upper Fryingpan

Colorado-US  

Description

The Upper Fryingpan section rarely has adequate flows.  The run is located roughly 10-20 miles upstream of Basalt.  When it has sufficient water, it provides a fairly long set of fun class IVish boulder garden rapids.  Most of the rapids have a creeky feel with ample eddy hopping opportunities and a few fun boof rocks.  I expect wood is a frequent hazard in this area.  I've only run this once and at a flow of 525 cfs.  It was enough water, but would have been better with more.

Statistics

KSC
Class IV to IV+
Current Flow 19.3 CFS
10-01-2018 11:30
Recommended Flow Minimum: 400.0
Average: 500.0
Maximum: 1000.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: July
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge FRYINGPAN RIVER NEAR THOMASVILLE
Length 5.5 Mile(s)
Gradient FPM
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Upper Frying Pan

06-05-2009 - low side of medium

Photo By: Tanner humphrey

Subject: Rob