Full discluser I am a big fan of cc.
Originally Posted by DesertRatonIce
Clear creek could be in some trouble this year. No snow means a totally lame season.
um...I belive snowpack for cc basin is above 90%
Originally Posted by Randaddy
Clear Creek is lame because it's next to the interstate. Clear Creek is lame as a choice for a private boater looking for training because it's almost entirely paddle oriented. Clear Creek is lame because it's practically in the city. Clear Creek is lame because camping sucks there. Clear Creek is lame because after peak it is 25 cfs and is lame. Finally, Clear Creek is lame because it's right next to the interstate. If you want a CDOT worker to be able to stop your raft while they blast a tunnel - guide on Clear Creek.
The whitewater at peak is really fun on Clear Creek but for the OP's interest in learning to raft my opinion is that it's lame.
Randaddy, I am sorry you feel cc is such a lame run.
You, are accurate in many of your criticism of the cc.
However, for me cc has the following attributes that make it one of my favorites
Cold, fast clear water
Numerous extremely long continuous class III-IV sections, because of this I find cc to be more of a physical fitness challenge than any other class III-IV river I have run. I like the extra challenge
Ability to pull out for lunch at decent river side resturant....think hot fresh bar b que, and cold draft beer
Numerous easy put ins and take out, fast efficient shuttles
Shore saftey eaisly set
Virtually entire run can easily be scouted from the road
Fast and easy access to virtually the entire river for emergency responders.