This year was an off year. We had regular rains but they were so light, it seemed as if the local runs would never come in. Finally it rained hard and cold in the valley and snowed a lot up high. I watched the gauge and thankfully it started to rise. I gotta admit that I’m a gauge geek…I routinely watch various river gauge sites to see what’s happening especially around here and with a creek as fickle as Vallecito in the fall, you really gotta pay attention.
Late in the evening it became apparent that the best water would be early in the morning so after a few texts the plan was set to meet at the Vallecito Campground parking lot at 7:30am. Yup…cold rain and snow…this was going to be a typical fall cold water Vallecito lap.
There’s a lot written up and filmed about Vallecito so I won’t get into much detail here. The video should explain why many consider this to be the best mile + of kayaking in Colorado.
Granite Gorge - check
Steep Whitewater - check
Heaps of Boofs - Check
Committing - Check
It doesn’t really matter what you paddle…it’s who you’re paddling with that counts.