Trip Report: White Water - Ruby-Horsethief Canyons - Small craft self support

White Water - Ruby-Horsethief Canyons - Small craft self support
By Kathy Jones
BOATING 10/08/2023 Class II

Participants - Kathy Jones (TL/raft), Beth Blattenberger (hard shell kayak), Greg Clark (IK), Chris Begnaud (IK), Erik Sandhu (IK).

We left town mid day on Sunday 10/8 and camped at Green River State Park, with dinner at Ray's in Green River. On Monday morning, we drove to Fruita Colorado to drop off our shuttle keys at Rimrock Adventure (great service). Then we drove 5 minutes back to the put-in at Loma. The put-in wasn't too busy, and soon we had our boats rigged and ready to go. Kathy was in her new raft (12.6 foot, aka the Little Mothership). Greg and Beth were old hands at piloting their small craft. Chris and Erik were getting acquainted with doing overnight trips in their new IKs. We stopped for lunch and a short hike at Rattlesnake Canyon, then went on to our first night camp at Banjo. This was a very nice camp, with a good landing and shade. Monday night was clear and cold, with a fun evening of star and satellite gazing. On Tuesday we lunched and hiked at Mee Canyon, which everyone said was their favorite. We had several fun small rapids and swirly eddys which we all negotiated great. Our camp that night was Black Rock 6, with interesting rock formations, hiking opportunities in Moore Canyon, and the ever present trains on the other side of the river. Clouds rolled in that night, as a change in the weather was approaching. Most of our day on Wednesday was overcast, with some on and off sprinkles. Luckily Mother Nature didn't unleash the wind and rain until we had just reached the takeout at Westwater. We had a wonderful trip, with beautiful canyon scenery, some wildlife (Great Blue Herons, deer, otters, wild turkeys), and trains blowing their horns. A fun group of river companions and a nice way to wrap up the boating season.