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Granite Reef and Beyond

  • Feb 2, 2014 · 9:00 AM

The Road Less taken.... by Robert Frost,
a snip it from his poem.


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

My events tend to  ? follow that line of "The Water Way Less Traveled By".

When asked why on earth would you paddle up a river?

When completing this little adventure, you can simply state, "It may all the difference" 

I sea water differently

Sea you on the water  ;}

 

 

The event is going to be a little different than most of our paddles. By that I mean we are going to be paddling up stream from the “normal take out” of our river events, Which is at the Granite Reef Recreation site.

This event is open to all paddlers with an adventures spirit. And willing to put in a little extra effort to have fun learn a few river tricks, get a your feet a little muddy, and you could break a sweat. But the scenic rewards are worth it

I my opinion, a requirement should be Paddle gloves, any good fitting glove (bicycle or fingerless gloves work well ) that will help in preventing blisters as you will be paddling with an effort. kind of like paddling in to a head wind, you stop paddling you go back wards.

I would also recommend good sturdy foot ware as there will be short sections of walking on river rocks and such and thin soled booties might be? Its your feet.

And yes a well fitted and secured PDF Personal Flotation Device is a requirement. 

The Goal or Challenge is to work our way up stream, with the aid of at least 1 water portage and 1 land portage. This will be a team effort to portage and guide our way up the water way. There are “sucker holes” or eddy's “still water” at the shore line to park your kayak into to chill a bit.

In the past we have worked our way past the island and beyond. This is a great work out as you will be earning every scenic foot of pristine water way.

Its about 4 miles from Granite Reef to the confluence of the Verde and Salt rivers, or what is known as Phon D Recreation site. We have never gotten up river this far but who knows.

I would also recommend to keep your deck mates at home as weight will be an issue, keep it light.

This is not a race or competition, its all about YOU, how far can YOU go. Paddle as far as you can then simple pull over and cheer on others or peel off with a partner and glide back down river and we all will meet up back at the "Put in" 

First thing in the morning we will meet at the Shell Gas Station on the corner of Power and McDowell Rd. in east Mesa. We can, at this time do a little re-shuffling of boats to get better use of the parking on site. Meeting time 9:00 am attempt to put paddle to water by 10:00 am 

And be sure to refresh your self with our safety policies.

A Tonto pass is required and can be purchased at the Shell Station.

The time frame for this adventure from "put in" to "take out" is in the range of 4 hours Tops.

Please post any questions you have



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you see the horses on the way back? I counted about 15 of them. Amazing! Thanks to all, nice meeting you.

    February 2, 2014

    • Mory

      Unfortunate for us they must have moved on. But seeing the Eagle going up stream is always a treat.

      February 3, 2014

  • Deborah

    This was my first paddle on the lower Salt. Thanks Mory and Peggy for the great challenge of doing it upstream! Enjoyed meeting you all and look forward to sharing many more adventures with a twist!

    February 2, 2014

    • Sharon S.

      Enjoyed meeting you , Deborah!

      February 3, 2014

    • Deborah

      same to you Sharon☺ Hope to paddle again soon.

      1 · February 3, 2014

  • Peggy

    Whew...great workout. Thanks to you all for coming!

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Sharon S.

    Put all my pics in order of how they happened, but when they get posted, unfortunately, they are all jumbled up.

    February 2, 2014

  • Mory

    Thank you all for taking the water less traveled. It was miles 3.76 water miles from Granite Reef to Phon D .

    Total water miles 6.74 miles Yes folks we were able to make it all the way up.

    There were 2 wet portages and 2 dry portages.

    It was a team effort but we all paddled the entire way.

    thanks all again for joining me on the water less traveled.

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Mory

    Just a reminder if we can meet up on the South Side of the Shell Station in the morning, seems to be bit more open parking there.

    The weather is going to be perfect, and the flow rate is perfect as well at 419 cfps.

    February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be at granite reef at 7am fishing. I have a green pickup with black shell. Kayak is red/yellow. Please give a hello if you see me. Thanks- Jim

      February 1, 2014

  • Bob

    Sorry Mory, work out of my control forces me to cancel. My loss. Enjoy your paddle.

    February 1, 2014

    • Mory

      bummer, we will see you next time.

      February 1, 2014

  • Dave

    Just be careful of the mud. If you get stuck, use your paddle as much as you can to push off. In some places the mud and silt is a couple of feet deep and it is so easy to lose your shoe, sandal or crock in it.

    January 31, 2014

    • Mory

      Thanks for the tip and good sound advice, we will be sure to avoid the mud baths. I have found to only land or place footing on rocky shore lines just for that reason.

      January 31, 2014

  • Mory

    Lindsey, just an fyi your hobbie may not be the best craft as you might be kissing rocks at times.

    January 27, 2014

    • Mory

      Thank you John for the great discription. You would to have to really want to tip over to do so. and if you did happen to experance a wet exit the water would be 1 foot or so deep, so just stand up.

      January 27, 2014

    • Sharon S.

      I am really looking forward to this!!! :-)

      January 27, 2014

  • Daniel

    I would love to come but I do not have personnel kayak and the few rental places have only sit on top kayak. Any suggestions?

    January 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have you checked Craigslist for a used kayak? There is probably some great deals this time of year.

      January 27, 2014

  • Mory

    Sorry for not getting sooner. was off the grid for a few days.
    Here are a few options to try out.

    The first three on this list may be easiest to access, but try whatever one you want.
    * Arizona Hiking Shack, Phoenix. (602)[masked]
    * Arizona Outdoor Fun, Phoenix (602)[masked]
    * Sports Chalet
    * Southwest Kayaks/LowerGear - Hobie Rentals, Tempe. www.lowergear.com (480)[masked]
    * Arizona Canoe & Kayak Outfitters, Tempe. (480)[masked]
    * Arizona Inflatables & Paddlesports, Tempe. (480)[masked]
    * El Mar Diving Center, Mesa. (480)[masked]
    * Riverproof Outfitters, Mesa. (480)[masked]
    * Saguaro Lake Ranch, Mesa. (480)[masked]
    * Salt River Canoe, Kayak & Raft Rentals, Mesa. Captain Ted (480)[masked]
    * Sonoran Kayak Rentals, Tempe. (480)[masked]
    * Kayak Rentals at Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina, Jared, www.GoKayakAZ.com,[masked]

    January 26, 2014

  • Deborah

    I enjoy a challenge and my Sunday just opened back up, so I am going to try and make this paddle☺

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join this trip. I might fish for trout at sunrise and meet everyone at granite reef.

    January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join this trip. I might fish for trout at sunrise and meet everyone at granite reef.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Sharon S.

    I don't have any experience with moving water. Can beginners go on this trip?

    January 18, 2014

    • JRiv

      Hi Sharon, the 10 ' kayak would probably be better for this because of shallow water, rocks and catching eddies as we make our way upstream, plus don't scratch your fiberglass Current Designs kayak. I'm taking my older kayak for this.

      2 · January 19, 2014

    • Sharon S.

      Okay, great, thanks!

      January 19, 2014

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