I was nervous about this trip. Wendy from the OR had told me about it, and we decided to rent kayaks from Willow Beach. I’ve never kayaked upstream before, and leading up to the trip, I was rehearsing how to navigate and use eddies to hop upstream. It ended up not being too bad, except for the section just right below Arizona Hot Springs, where the narrows produce such current that you’d have to paddle very hard to avoid going backwards.
The hot springs were amazing, especially after a long day of paddling.
The next day’s paddle out was easy, although it took some work, since there was barely any current in the Colorado River.