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Black Canyon Kayaking, Hiking, and Hot Springs Upriver and Float Back Down Trip

  • Jan 16, 2013 · 4:00 PM

No permits needed! This is a classic kayaking trip on a mellow stretch of the Colorado River.

We will be meeting up with our friends from the Southern California Hiking Group during the trip.

Wednesday we will drive to Willow Beach where we will camp for the night. Thursday morning we will pack our gear into our kayaks and paddle upriver from Willow Beach. Along the way, we will stop and hike to an old pulley car that still suspends high above the river as well as an old cat walk. We will then paddle the rest of the 7 miles and make camp at AZ Hot Springs. We will have time to relax and enjoy the hot springs. Friday we will hike to Bell Arch and enjoy the view of the river from high above. We will also kayak, checking out other canyons and hot springs as time permits. Saturday morning we will paddle 4 miles up to Hoover Dam and join Lucky and his group of canoeists as they start their float downriver. We will stop at a sauna cave as well as more canyons and hot springs that we missed the day before, as we make our way back to camp at AZ Hot Springs. We will return to Willow Beach Sunday afternoon and head home. This schedule may change a bit.



While paddling upriver from Willow Beach is generally easy for anyone with a little kayaking experience, you just never know how much water the monkeys at the dam are going to release. Therefore, you must use eddys to get up the river (do not paddle directly up the middle), as well as have basic ferrying skills (paddling boat at angle upriver across current to other side of river)

If you'd like to go, jump on the waiting list and we'll talk about your experience prior to be moved to attending list. Also, If you do not have your own kayak they can be rented and dropped off at Willow Beach for a discounted price of $70 for the whole trip. If you need one and are approved for the trip, I will put you in touch with the outfitter.

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  • Dave B

    I'm going to bring a grill for Saturday dinner if anyone wants to bring something to BBQ or a foil wrapped dinner.

    January 16, 2013

  • Andrea Z

    Clams, what do you think???? Should I post a trip for the Southern California group and we can join you and Lucky's group for the evening?

    1 · November 14, 2012

    • Andrea Z

      okay, I posted a trip for our group starting Wed evening so we'll SEE YOU ALL THERE! Here's our writeup:­

      November 14, 2012

    • Andrea Z

      Jason, I only had one person that wanted to attend in January so I cancelled our trip. We will be going out there in March instead. Have a great time!

      January 1, 2013

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