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by Russell Biggs
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Tangle Lakes to Delta River ok for beginners?
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Tangle Lakes to Delta River ok for beginners?

I don't think you'd have any problem. The section below the portage was pretty mellow overall, just some rock dodging.
by Russell Biggs
Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River
Replies: 11
Views: 6199

Re: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River

Five of us did this trip over 4th of July weekend. We drove 2 cars up at 4pm from Anchorage and camped at 212 Richardson. We tried unsuccessfully to get Tangle River Inn (Jack) shuttle guy to pick up our car at Glacier Gap trail for the shuttle but he wouldn't do it and instead lectured us about how...
by Russell Biggs
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Clear Creek Alaska - packraft trip 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 608

Re: Clear Creek Alaska - packraft trip 2017

I floated this with 2 friends last year from above the canyon back to Talkeetna. It was probably a little on the lower side of normal flows - we didn't have any problems at all. Probably should go earlier rather than later because I think it gets a bit bony. We did not fish.
by Russell Biggs
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle Glacier to Eagle River Nature Center
Replies: 7
Views: 814

Re: Eagle Glacier to Eagle River Nature Center

I did this trip August 3rd, 2016. Left the trailhead at 715 and was blowing up at the sign that says "--> ford site" at 1215. The trail was heavily overgrown the last 8 miles or so, often chest high and soaking wet. I'd recommend getting drinking water at the second bridge because that's the last pl...
by Russell Biggs
Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Riley Creek, Denali NP
Replies: 5
Views: 3897

Re: Riley Creek, Denali NP

We did it this weekend, starting at the McKinley Village side of the Triple Lakes Trail. The relatively obvious cut off that descends westward from the triple lakes trail into the woods to the river is right around the highest point on the ridge past a steep uphill portion of the trail that is high ...
by Russell Biggs
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

I'd double check on whether or not the Sanctuary is open. Rumor was it was closed (?) by the park service to protect wolf dens and it appears to remain that way currently on the NPS website. -RB
by Russell Biggs
Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bull River
Replies: 7
Views: 8025

Re: Bull River

Ran the Gelded Bull route on Sept 21 at probably 200-300cfs. This is a great day trip, with the exception of the bog crossings because of the temperature - 30 degrees. I made a mistake at the top of the high knoll and took about a two o'clock approach to what I thought was the river, but actually wa...
by Russell Biggs
Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2015 Happy River Trip Report
Replies: 0
Views: 1254

2015 Happy River Trip Report

Like many of the other paddlers here, I've read about the Happy River in Embick's Fast and Cold and was excited to get the spur-of-the-moment chance to float this with a friend this last weekend. We flew out of Talkeetna with Alaska Bush Floatplane service for $1120 total, roundtrip from the Sheep L...
by Russell Biggs
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm
Replies: 12
Views: 5506

Re: Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm

Three of us had a good trip down the Aniakchak over the 4th. We flew out all of the gear (bear spray, fuel, rafts) with ACE air cargo) the day before, picked up our gear after exiting the Penair flight, and then were flying directly into the caldera with Branch River Air by 11 am. There were no bugs...
by Russell Biggs
Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12583

Re: Moose Creek

I ran Moose Creek yesterday from about a mile above where the pavement ends to the highway. There are 3-4 mandatory portages, two due to logjams and others from river wide sweepers. They are all fairly easy to spot in advance. Lower part of the river was getting pretty bony at the water level I was ...
by Russell Biggs
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2012 July 28 Sheep Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

Re: 2012 July 28 Sheep Creek

Right on, and thanks for that. It's supremely better path than the first time I went.
by Russell Biggs
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 21145

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

I would love to do this river with someone who done it before - 907 727-1665.
by Russell Biggs
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2012 July 28 Sheep Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

Re: 2012 July 28 Sheep Creek

Ran Sheep again this weekend. Water level was the lowest I've been on it and the last third of the river wasn't good. The game trail from the lake down to the river is wide open, with literally no bushwhacking we were at the put in area in an hour. There's some new wood in the water, all of which is...
by Russell Biggs
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2012 July 28 Sheep Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

2012 July 28 Sheep Creek

We rafted yesterday with lower water conditions compared to the trip we took last year a week earlier in July. Lots more rock dodging, and lots more exposed rocks in the bigger rapids making for some uncomfortable bumps, and a few swims after getting stuck right before the drops. Still lots of fun, ...
by Russell Biggs
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2012 July 21 Upper East Fork Chulitna River
Replies: 0
Views: 627

2012 July 21 Upper East Fork Chulitna River

After this week's rain, we hiked in by accessing the ATV trail that can be found by following the pullout on the south side of the train tracks where the road crosses in Broad Pass. We hiked up the swampy road and took the left fork of the very visible ATV trail directly up and southeast on the old ...
by Russell Biggs
Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Winner Creek to twenty mile
Replies: 2
Views: 889

Re: Winner Creek to twenty mile

Don't get fooled when heading down from the pass back into the forest - the new trail will lead you further south than you want to be. The old trail is rough and there is some class 3 bush whacking, but it's likely to be easier than where you would end up otherwise. Stay in the forest and away from ...
by Russell Biggs
Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek July 15, 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 536

Granite Creek July 15, 2012

Floated today and the river is fun, easy, and splashy, probably good for beginners. There are two portages around logjams where the river gets closest to the mountain right before the biggest drop of the entire run. The dogleg turn there is narrow and tricky and the actual sweeper is difficult to se...
by Russell Biggs
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Kern Creek the Hard Way
Replies: 4
Views: 1161

Re: Kern Creek the Hard Way

We didn't run either. I'm guessing we were about as high up as we could get.
by Russell Biggs
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Kern Creek the Hard Way
Replies: 4
Views: 1161

Kern Creek the Hard Way

We packrafted Kern Creek Saturday. The approach was over the pass from the Winner Creek Trail. There is a large amount of avalanche debris that makes for reasonable post holing over the substantial elevation gain up the middle and to the left of the pass. We continued on the right side of the mounta...
by Russell Biggs
Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 2011 July 23 Sheep Creek Trip Report
Replies: 1
Views: 778

2011 July 23 Sheep Creek Trip Report

Ran this Saturday - flew into Crossover Lake ($400 Willow Air's Beaver). Hiked NW high on the ridge before descending into the valley and avoided the heavy brush until half way down. It gets thick with alders even along the ridge, and the heavy brush resulted in one slip off a hidden dropoff that wa...
by Russell Biggs
Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Winner Creek to 20 mile
Replies: 17
Views: 6650

Re: Winner Creek to 20 mile

Floated Twenty Mile today. The Upper Winner Creek trail is really a treat, but the false passage faked us out and we spent 40 minutes bushwhacking down the creek side before we ambled out into the clearing that had orange flags on it. The river is low - a lot of dragging. There are hardly any sweepe...