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My wife bought me a trip down the Green River (Mineral Bottom to Spanish Bottom) for my 50th Birthday.  Besides the Dollhouse, what are some good places to hike?  We 4 days to cover 52 miles on the river, so we'll have plenty of time to explore.  Also, can we expect any flow on the drainages coming into the river (mid-September), or will we have to settle and filter river water.

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PostIcon Posted on: Jul. 11 2013, 3:44 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I'd carry your own water. I've only done it early June. Check with Tex's

http://www.texsriverways.com

I'm assuming you're getting a jetboat ride back up the Colorado from them (rapids 4 mile downstream from the Confluence)

Don't have my notes, map with me, so I'll just say it is an incredible trip and I'd consider taking even more time.

Word was that fall trips might mean walking the boat thru a few shallow areas. Mind, all this info is about 15 years old.
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If you haven't already , get the Belknap's Canyonlands River Guide.
There are a lot of petroglyphs and ruins along that stretch of the river. At Fort Bottom a nice hike to the so-called Outlaw Cabin and higher up on the mesa top is an Anasazi rock tower. Finding the landing is always the tricky part unless you've been before. Around Mile 41.5.
There are ruins around Turks Head. Again finding the landing can be tough.
A short hike up Deadhorse Canyon has a nice petro panel.
About a mile up from the confluence is a canyon that will lead you to the top and a hike out to see the confluence from the Maze section. Major Powell chronicles this hike in his 1869 exploration of the river.
In low water you may encounter a couple of Class I rapids along this stretch. Around Millard and Horse Canyons.
Finding sandy beaches to camp on should not be a problem. My advice is to get to camp early in the day, like 3-4 pm if you find a great beach. Then sit back with beer in hand and watch the late arrivals paddle past because they can't find a beach.
If you want to explore for more ruins and petroglyphs get Michael Kelsey's "River Guide to Canyonlands NP". He's located a lot more plus his book has lots of river history, photos and maps.
I wouldn't filter that nasty, silty river water unless I had to. Bring fresh water.
I would use Tex's Riverways for the jetboat shuttle back to Moab. They will have the latest info on river conditions.
My wife and I are canoeing the Ruby Ranch to Mineral stretch on Labor Day w/e. We really like the late summer canoeing on the Green or Colorado. The river is low and slow and the water is warm. You may have to walk your boat here and there but I prefer that to fast, cold water and high water camps.


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I  will be paddling from Ruby Ranch to the confluence starting just after Pickle Gulch.  We plan to paddle a 16 1/2' Kevlar solo canoe and a 17' wooden sea kayak.

I have the Belknap's Canyonlands River Guide and it looks like it will be very helpful.  We are taking our time so we can do a number of day hikes.  It looks like a great trip.  We are having Tex drop us off and pick us up at the end of the trip.


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Thanks for all of the replies.  I'm getting the river guide, then I might be able to ask more specific questions.  Thanks again.

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Here's a question:  any critter issues in the canyon?  I saw something about black bears in the needles district, but do they get down to the river?  How about rodents?  Do I need a ratsack or something else to store food in?

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It's highly unlikely that you'll see or encounter anything more dangerous than muledeer in that canyon. Snakes are always a possibility though.
As are mice. At the end of one trip on the Green a few years ago we were unloading our canoe and discovered a stowaway mouse that we must have picked up at the previous night's camp.
Keep a clean camp and you shouldn't have any issues. We carry food in a basic plastic bin with a locking lid. Garbage gets crammed into a 2' length of 4" PVC pipe with a screw on top. No odor at all.


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They get bears more down salt creek canyon.  Ive never seen one, But I've been surprised to see bear tracks more frequently around that area.  Never by the river though.

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Talus,  If you haven't already left - you may not be able to launch at Mineral Bottom.

http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/roadstatus.htm

Severe flash flooding in the past couple of days has rearranged some of the landscape around here.


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Yeah, saw that and I was worried, but the road reopened that day...

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Just got back from this trip.  Awesome time, hiking was a little lacking due to weather, inexperience and quicksand!  By the way, canyon windstorms can pick up and move  a 75 pound canoe about 30 feet!

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