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Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:00 pm
by MikeC
Stills, vid, and words here:



Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:52 am
by dman
Beautiful! All the components of a great packrafting trip.

Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:48 am
by Infrastructure
Great video, pics, and report MC! I'm anxious to attempt a Dark Canyon/Anthracite creek trip next year and have some questions.

I am curious as to when you did this trip? Do you happen to have any more information on this particular route? A map perhaps? GPS coordinates? I'm curious where you guys actually put in? Did you float trout creek down to confluence with (what is shown on google maps as) Ruby-Anthracite creek and then down to the confluence with Anthracite creek? Or did you guys start your float somewhere on Ruby-Anthracite creek?



And here were MC's answers to my questions
MikeC wrote: Hey Jason-

That was on July 1st of this year.

Map link and verbal beta in my complete post here:


MikeC wrote: There is a link to the USFS page on the trail, map is in there.

We put in where the trail crossed Ruby. Could hear Trout to the E on the early parts of the hike (raging!), but never thought about going there--too small/low volume/steep, I think. Lemme know if it goes!

We caught it on the last day or two of boatable flows for the year. Had there been ~100cfs less we'd have been walking the too-thin rapids and floating the pools.


Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:15 am
by MikeC
Managed to hike in and run Dark Canyon twice in 2015. Once at 1000 and once at 500. 1000 was doable but at the far limit of my comfort zone. The paddling was doable but spotting eddies was difficult it was moving so fast.

500 was doable but low--lots of scraping and bashing. 600 to 700 feels like the sweet spot to me.

Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:57 pm
by Infrastructure
MikeC I'd love to do this trip this year if you plan on hitting it again. PM me if interested...

Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:39 am
by MikeC
Full-on firehose right now -- I'd guess 2 more weeks yet.

This is the gauge: ... 0065,00060

We'll want 700 to 800 at most. 600 is pretty thin.

When it approaches that range drop a line: mike dot curiak at gmail.

Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:46 pm
by dgoods
Sweet looking zone MC!

I'm selling my hardshell to generate some $ for an alpackalypse!

2017 version.

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:17 am
by MikeC
Dark Canyon came and went unceremoniously last week. I couldn't find any packrafters to join me, but was graciously adopted by a hard-boat bunch.

Here's the trip report, complete with stills and video: ... ummit.html

Check it when you get a minute or three.