so most of you are probably sick of this, but i am always jonesin fo more, so heres the report on my summer scouting missions. i went a bunch of places this summer and was able to see some cool shit.
in addition to the possibility of the Inlet creeks, glacier creek, and the upper big tommy, another RMNP run that should be checked out (if it hasnt already) is the Copeland Creek drainage. Theres at least two or three runnable falls on it, and the creek seems to be more bedrock than boulders.
in the roaring fork area, avalanche creek into the crystal river is definitely in need of a scout by some boaters willing to hike in. There's several small gorges on the run and some sweet looking drops all over. theres a lot of wood, but it tends to be more in the flatwater in between than the gorges. snowmass creek definitely goes and has a few quality sections on it. there is one steep section just below the lake that has wood issues, but several drops of varying size, some of which go. conundrum creek has good sections on it, including one really good looking bedrock section, but not all of it goes.
the colorado springs area has a few things that could possibly go. Rainbow Falls is just outside of Manitou and is a fairly good sized plunge into a small pool, but depth and the smallness of the room it falls into are questions.
steve garufi photo
Fountain Creek has good bedrock sections here and there, and after reviewing many many pictures of it, im convinced theres definitely boatable flows in that creek from time to time.
again, steve garufi
Theres also good bedrock ledge pools in Queens Canyon that look like they would go with some water.
in the south part of the state, both forks of the Purgatoire River have solid boatable flows, but wood and access would make it a challenge. by the time you get upstream of the private property, its too thin to boat. the huerfano has a good stretch way up high in the sierra blanca range, but it goes quick and is kind of manky.
the east fork and middle forks of the cimarron both have a LOT of potential. stout bedrock sections on both creeks present of lot of oppourtunities for boaters. theres big falls, big slides, small falls, small slides, and some good rapids to boot. there is a fair (but not as much as one would think...) amount of wood and youd have to hike in.
the only shot i could find of either creek...ill upload mine someday
mcelmo creek SW of cortez has a small canyon that starts just west of US 666 that flows for several miles, and has a few small falls on it. its mostly flatwater, it drains a somewhat agrarian area, and the access is somewhat hard, but it has a good amount of flow (300 ish cfs).
the big falls on the middle fork of the conejos might go, but its a doozy of drop (~80') and the pool at the bottom is questionable.
this photo was taken by jim larkey and it shows the falls better than any shot i took of it
the whole underlying bedrock of the area is all volcanic rock that forms bedrock drops really well. all of the drainages in the area (s.fork conejos, canon rincon, canon la osa, m fork conejo, etc) all have a different array of runnable features from ledges to falls to slides, to twisting multi stage drops. the in between most of these is lacking big time, floating through beaver ponds and manky brush, but a strong crew could clean a bunch of cool shit pretty easy up here.
clear creek into the Rio Grande is worth checking out by anyone whos interested in a hairy first d. on North Clear Creek, the stretch right below the big falls down to the campground is good to go. its a steep, bouldery cascade, but it has a surprising amount of flow and looks prime. a large pipe siphones some water off in this stretch, but it still goes. the S Fork of Clear Creek doesnt have much flow and isnt worth checking out. The main gorge of clear creek below the campground goes too, but it definitely deserves a scout. theres some rugged, steep boating in there.
texas creek into Taylor Park Res goes. we put on this year around 2 mi up, and boated through some fun and continuous class III+ rapids, with one big hole approaching IV. short and fun as hell, goes good with a run on the taylor from Rocky Brook Rd to below Dinner Station C.G.
i took a whole bunch of photos of all of these stretches, but im in the middle of a move and have personal computer access right now.