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Old 03-03-2009   #1
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Park n' Huck

Any one willing to give up a good spot? Looking for something like a 10 ft drop into a large pool. Friend and I are class IV boaters and want to drop some waterfalls without having to wait to get to the class V boating.


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colsurfer. what? you wanta taste of 5 without the 5>

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Old 03-03-2009   #3
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Basically...yeah. Don't think my boating skills are up to par for being a class V boater just yet. Just want to hit a smaller waterfall with a calm pool below it. Not sure if this is possible in colorado though.
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I believe there is a decently safe and easy park and huck at the start of the run of west fork of the clear creek.

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Old 03-03-2009   #5
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xkayaker13...I have been looking at that drop on eddy flower. Haven't been up there yet to scout it out. So the first drop is coors falls and then there is a that tricky to run back to back like that? Also it that pool after the second drop big? I was watching the video on eddy flower and can't tell how big that bottom pool is.
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Old 03-03-2009   #6
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Anyone run crystal mill falls?
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Old 03-03-2009   #7
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crystal mill falls is tricky, the center line has a deep crease/hydraulic that can be tricky to negotiate, and the side lines require more than your standard boof

never seen wfcc but seems like the ticket youre looking for?
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Watched 2 really good boaters from the Butte run Crystal Falls with a bit of off line antics . NOT an easy park and huck. sj
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Old 03-03-2009   #9
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Decent / marginal park n huck is no fun falls on bear creek at very low water. Its just outside morrison. By low flow, I'm talking 30-70 cfs. The flow channelizes well and at low flows its a small pool just above the last waterfall, a 8-10ft waterfall drop, and a big deep pool at the bottom. You can hike back up and lap it multiple times.

I know this because last april I wanted to get some kind of paddling done prior to heading off to oregon to knock off a winters worth of paddling dust, but unfortunately few rivers in CO were running.
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No Fun Falls- Bear Creek- IV <100
Coors Falls- West Fork Clear Creek IV+ <200 <--Boof recommended
Crystal Mill Falls- Crystal River V- 450-1000 <-- A little tricky
Big Wood Falls- Daisy Creek V- >100 <--Boof recommended
Adrenaline Falls- Lime Creek V 100-300 <--Tricky
18'er- Oh-Be-Joyful V >150 <--Must catch eddy
Power House- Fossil Creek IV >40 <--in AZ, super friendly
Cauldron- Lake Creek V <200
Sweetwater Falls-Sweetwater Creek IV >100 <--Illegal due to access
North Fork Falls- North Fork Poudre IV <300 <--Not park and huck
Whiteline- Poudre Narrows V- <200
20'er- South Mineral Creek V <150 <--Boof required

These are all the waterfalls in and around CO that I can think of that aren't sandwiched between stacked V, are of reasonable height, and allow for river access immediately above and below the drop. You can get to all of them with a short drive or hike. All ratings are subjective and many are very flow dependent (Cauldron, Whiteline). I've run most but not all of them.

Fossil is your best bet if you're willing to drive to AZ. Runs year-round, warm water, two easy pool-drop waterfalls with other fun travertine drops, very lappable.


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