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Old 07-14-2008   #1
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Rafting Clear Creek First Time

Experienced raft guide taking a private trip down Clear Creek, never been on Clear Creek, suggested put-ins, take-outs, hazards? Anything I should be aware of, anything that can't be "read" from above? Experience is on Ark - Narrows and Browns, will have inexperienced crew.

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Old 07-14-2008   #2
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Put in at Dumont, take out at the park in Idaho Springs (Class IV). For a longer trip keep going past Idaho springs and take out at the intersection of I-70 and Hwy 6 at the bar called Kermits (Class II after Idaho Springs).

There are a couple of longer rapids that are class IV - it is up to your comfort level to decide if you can read and run them. If you put in higher up at Lawson, expect class IV-IV+. Overall it is a fun stretch with a lot of whitewater, especially if the level is above 600-700.

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The current level is good for a 1st timer. Not pushy at all but not to technical yet. The section suggested above, Dumont, can be road scouted pretty easy. Take the Stanley Rd out of the west end of Idaho Springs, when you go under I-70 scout the rapid just downstream (Outer Limits), that's the hardest one at this level. Also look at the rapid when you get to the road to the Pheonix Mine, this one is longer then the rest (Pheonix Rapid).

If you're looking for directions/info once you get to Idaho Springs stop in our office. 1st Idaho Springs exit going west, 3 blocks on the right, All American Adventures.

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I just looked up the flows - for future reference, Jed's current levels are CC at Lawson 420 cfs, CC at Golden 440 cfs
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