Floating through Labyrinth Canyon

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We all met up a couple of Friday mornings ago, getting together to float through one of the most beautiful places on the planet, through Labyrinth Canyon from Ruby Ranch to Mineral Bottom on the Green River. Nick I had met once, but I had never met Charlie or Nate.

So off we went, Charlie in the front of my canoe and Nick and Nate in their kayaks. We didn't have far to go, maybe 45 miles, with plenty of time to do it in.






The weather was perfect, low 70's upper 60's. No one around.










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Moon light shots from our first camp:


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Day hike the next day, to get a better look:






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From our second camp spot, Register Rock is at the mouth of the side canyon, this side:










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Charlie's camp spot:






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Register Rock:










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Looking back towards our camp:


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From our last camp spot:





Approaching Mineral Bottom:


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It was a great trip. Plenty of time floating and paddling on glassy waters, incredible scenery, plenty of beer and good company.

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Dave

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Love this stretch of river. Wish I could have been along for the float.
 

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Oh man that was an awesome trip and you captured it beautifully, Greg! Your photos really bring me back. I can't believe that was 4 days of floating, it felt like it just went by so fast. Can't wait to go back.
 

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Somebody recently asked me if I want to do a float trip. Where did you put in and where did you pull out?
Is there a time of year that is better for this stretch? Thanks. While I love the red rocks,
there is a majestic quality that the black white brings out. I love 'em, totally awesome!
 

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Any luck finding that cheemicowbra?

Oddly enough, we did find sign of the cheemicowbra on one of our sandy beach campsites up near Trin Alcove Bend so they must get down there too!
 

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Thanks for the comments.
DrNed, we put in at Ruby Ranch and took out at Mineral Bottom.
Cheemicowbra?
Never saw him (or her).
 

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How early in the year is the water warm enough to swim in? Thanks
 

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I swam in it in April and it was plenty cold. The Green develops ice in the winter and carries a lot of snowmelt.
 

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@ashergrey - that's what I was afraid of. Kids have spring break in mid April and we discussed doing
this trip then. Thanks for your advice!
 

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It's totally worth doing in April, in my opinion. Much later in the season and the heat becomes an issue.
 

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That coyote experience was amazing. There were dozens of geese in the water and I totally thought he was just swimming out to maybe try to get one. He ended up swimming right through the middle of them and all the way across the river and out the other side. He was so close that I could have easily tossed in some paddle strokes and t-boned the little guy. Totally amazing experience and nice shot of it, Nate.
 

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