Actually the creek isn't too manky at all. The boulder gardens are quality, but only class III-IV at most.
We ran the last mile to 1 1/2 miles this season. There are some wood portages right now, but not bad. There is a true gorge right at the end.
Some scrambling for eddies above the wood, but otherwise fun and fast water.
I prefer Canyon Ck - or Needle - but I was just curious if anyone had ever dropped into Elk before or if they'd gone farther up.
Love the San Juans,