This was a high water session on the North Fork of the Crystal event during the first weekend in June. Flows on the Avalanche gauge showed that our runs were done at 1300 (Saturday night) and 1000 (Sunday morning). The run is typically paddled between 500 and 800 cfs.
At these higher levels, icing quickly leads into Cake, another 40ish foot cascade. The photo below shows this drop as seen from shore about 1/4 of the way down.
At normal levels paddlers find a nice pool, recovery zone and eddy at the bottom of Cake, allowing for time to avoid the logs blocking the river left channel of drop # 3. At the high level on Saturday night, we felt that missing the eddy at the bottom of the 2 slides would be very unpleasant.
Above, Leif Embertson extracts a log from the second part of drop #3. Note the landing of Cake in the background as well as the logs blocking the river left channel. These logs were almost covered on Saturday night.
Day 2 @ 1000 cfs
Waking up in the morning, we were glad to see that the river had dropped a bit. A few group members who had opted not to run on day 1 were stoked to get in the water.
Always a good man to have setting safety and watching your back, Chris Larsen (above) sets up on the logs just in case.
Always one of the most skilled paddlers of any paddling trip I'm on with her, ex-slalom paddler Laura Jorgensen scouts her line on Icing.
After the North Fork, it is fun to paddle the Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge put-in run (don't go too far). A sequence of Chris' run on Crystal Mill Falls, one of Colorado's most well known natural landmarks.
More pics on this section to follow in the next few days............