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Re: East fork of virgin river

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  • Joe Braun
    Hi Erik - Yes, there is a guage for the East Fork, hopefully this URL won t get sliced:
    Message 1 of 2 , May 12, 2011
      Hi Erik - Yes, there is a guage for the East Fork, hopefully this URL won't get sliced:


      It's running well above normal even for spring runoff. I've hiked the East Fork three times in May over the past decade and water levels have never been an issue, but this year's readings make me think it might be a bit difficult or risky right now. Anybody with 1st hand experience? I read a recent report of people who descended Misery and avoided hiking down the East Fork because it looked too strong.

      Nobody closes the East Fork for water levels since the only hikable part is in BLM land outside of the park proper, but I would play it safe and let things calm down. Several weeks to a month from now, things may be more doable.

      --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "Erik" <erik.sandhu@...> wrote:
      > Obviously it is going to be another month or more before we can do the narrows from the top, but I was wondering if the east fork is flowing anywhere near the same volume as the north fork? Is there a gauge on the east fork? I have been wanting to do this as an overnite trip with my 16 year old son, but don't want to do anything stupid if water levels there are also high. Is the east fork ever "closed" the way the park service shuts down the narrows?
      > Any other suggestions for a memorial day 1-2 night backpacking trip to kickoff the summer?
      > Thanks!
      > Thanks
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