The Cross Creek season is here again! The flows are finally coming into range and I don't know if many people know the details on this little gem so here it is.
The Standard section starts 3/4 miles in from the Cross Creek trailhead on Tigawon road south of Minturn. This section is ~ 1/2 mile long and you end up hiking the trail back about a 1/4 mile. Even though this section is short there are plenty drops back-to-back (in order: Snap, small boof, misc slide, Electric Slide, 90 degree Falls, and a triple drop into the Sideways Move). After the Sideways Move, there is some class II-III and there is river-wide wood marking the end of the Standard section. There is no new wood as of 6/29/05 in this section and there are no portages required.
I have posted some pics in the Gallery (unfortunately some of the best ones I have are not my property so I can't post them). Also here is the link for the guage:
(for reference we have ran Cross at an average
flow of 160, 150, 140, and 120, most of the pics are at 160)
We started paddling the Standard section in 03' and have hit it every year since. We have also paddled from 3 or so miles up the trailhead down to the school (Maloit Park). There isn't much wood above the bridge (1 mile in) if you want to check out that section and the clam shell drops are about 2 miles in. There are also some huge unrunnable drops due to wood. Below the Standard wood becomes an issue, especially with last years high winds which knocked down a ton of trees. It's hard to recommend paddling to the school at Maloit Park now but if you do, you will get some serious drops (if you want them) and a slide right above the last Class V drop named Shuttle Bitch (about 1 mile up from the school). As of now, I would recommend only the standard section and above. If you don't mind tons of scouting and portaging (due to wood and some VI) check it out.
Many have hiked this creek but very few have paddled it so far (I only know of six for sure). In my view it's the next Big South! Just kidding, we don't need to start that one again
It is definitely one of my favorites and get's the blood flowin' every time. I suspect it will be too low by next week so get on it now while it's in.
Anyway, there you have it. If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise the beta is out.....now Get R' Done