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Rafts and Kayaks, North Platte River, CO April 16, 2006

November 25, 2006

Posted on November 25, 2006

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I really like the North Platte River area of Northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Very pretty, easy to get to, and not very well known. This particular trip was in the spring and consisted of watching a bunch of rafters and kayakers get ready for a early spring day on the North Platte River. After they took off downstream, I followed along the river bank for a mile or so. Their entry point was the North Gate put-in located just after you cross the North Platte River headed north on Colorado Hwy 125 (check out the Google map link below).

Before I go any further in the trip’s description, here is my standard comment. Please check my photo galleries here for all the larger and higher quality photos for this trip. In addition, you can view a topo map here and a Google Earth map here (you may need to adjust the scale bar on the left side of the Google map). All links open a new browser window.

As can be seen from the photos, I spent a lot of time just watching them prep for the trip. Including seeing the kayakers test their “rolls” : )

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If you check out my photo gallery (see the link above), you will see that they were prepared for cold water. Wets suits, etc. So, it may have been a nice sunny day, but the ice has only been out of the water for a few weeks.

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After they started down the river, I followed them along a trail. I soon lost sight of them, but continued down the trail enjoying the day, taking photos, and hoping to see the rafters again.

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Note that this is not an “officially maintained trail”. As such, it can be a little difficult to follow. That said, you can’t get lost since all you have to do is keep going down stream along the river. Here is a shot of part of the “trail.”

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My hike did not last too long since about a mile down the river the trail comes to an abrupt end where the first “serious” rapids are located. I took a few shots of the rapids and headed back to the truck.

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A great place for day hikes (which you could probably extend to overnight pretty easily) and/or for good fun on the river. Anyone thinking of floating down the river should be sure to check out a guide book, map, and/or the nearest Forest Service headquarters for information on rapids, rate of flow, etc.

The trail along the river is easy walking. You can also walk along the ridges above the river by just hiking up the hills from the parking area. Great opportunities for seeing wild flowers and wild life. At this time of the year, the wild flowers are just starting to pop up.

 

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I’m thinking that late spring/early summer might bring out a few ticks along the river, so if you plan on visiting at that time of year, make sure to check yourself out after the hike.

All in all, a great day.

– Geoff Weatherford

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    September 29, 2011 4:05 pm

    Geoff….we should do the N Platte in duckies….it will be fun.

    Metz

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