1st off, the sat pics I posted in the Creekin' section are not Clear Creek, read below for more info on those, as well as sat pics that ARE of Clear Creek.
RE: Clear Creek-
Jethro: I have seen everything except the meat gorge with the "consecutive waterfalls" and would agree that the bottom stretch below the S Clear Creek confluence is the choice run. I will be looking at it as soon as I can get in there this spring, and when I do I will post some pics. If it looks like I could handle it, I may just run it. My only question: where would one take out? as you come out of the canyon and near SH 149 you cross enter private land, and taking out at 149 would require a very, very tricky stealth move, (can you say no trees?) or it would require a couple of mile hike out across up and over a ridgeline through the forest. i guess i will find that out later. Did you happen to come back with any pics while you were up there?
Google Earth has the whole canyon in high resolution, but unfortunately it was also taken on a bright sunny day so a lot of the creek is washed out whiteness. and not good for much other than tantilization:
This is the stretch right below the falls (obvious in the pic). below the falls down around the corner looks good, but the giant strip of white in the middle is a massive cataract around 100' vt high and about 2,000 fpm gradient.
A couple of miles below the above is the gorge proper, this is where the four falls are stacked together. South clear creek comes charging in from left at the bottom of this pic.
This is the "class IV" gorge below the stacked stuff, this is the stretch that looks good to go, that Jethro wanted to do, and the one I aim to check out ASAP. You can again see the S Clear Creek falls at the top left of the pic for reference.
This is the problem, this is where it comes out of the canyon and crosses 149. One would have to hike out over the ridge at the top of the pic to truly avoid any trouble, but I guess if thats the case, then thats the case!
RE: Satellite pics-
I was blown away that nobody recognized this canyon, but then I got to thinking that anyone who would be boating in this canyon would be clammed up about it anyway. Let's just say its not in an area you can paddle as openly as you'd like, but it would be worth it to go anyway. Here is one more shot, this is the whole gorge leading up to the Doubler:
I posted one more pic that is from the same area (next drainage over) and I bet people will get it this time........If not, I will drop the ball this evening and tell!