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Old 10-12-2005   #1
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co springs creeks

hey, someone posted this a while ago but i dont think there was any followup, and ive be getting curious.....Ive been looking at pics, new and old, satellite photos, and some maps and ive basically come up with these as possible runs...my question is has anyone scouted/ran any of these?

Fountain Creek from Woodland Park/Cascade area to Manitou
West Beaver Creek from Skaguay Res.
East Beaver Creek from Rosemont Res.
Fourmile Creek (Shelf Road)

also, on the eastern/northeastern side of the pikes peak massif there is a lot of exposed pikes peak granite, and in some places (st marys falls, seven falls) it makes bitchin ass waterfalls, and from looking at pics of those, is there any in that area that are more manageable? theres a lot of canyons there and if at least a couple have exposed granite streambeds, there might be some potential for california style drops....anybody know anything about this?

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HEY YETI,
There was an article in Paddler sometime ago about some guides from the ark tried to 1st D Beaver creek the ended up being rescued by ahelicopter from Fort Carson.
on a previous thread ,I think the one called
'creeker topo challenge' by Tim Walker? someone mentioned some falls being dropped near Manitou spgs.
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I've hiked both the west and east forks of Beaver Creek. Beautiful, wild places full of mountain lions, bears, and rattlesnakes. I wouldnt go near those with a boat though, the hiking alone took 11 hours to hike the 11 mile west fork. 2 rattlesnake encounters, and one pool we had to jump in to get past.

Both forks have some serious gradient. Great fishing though, no one goes down there.
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Fountain Creek

I wouldn't run Fountain Creek. Colorado Springs has a sewage plant on it and it has a reputation for spewing out raw sewage.
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im not talking about fountain creek below the springs, it would be hard for the sewage to flow UPHILL into fountain creek, although that would be fresh...so thats cool about the beav's, i figured as much, but im still curious to hear about Fountain Creek between cascade and manitou, and some of the potential for falls in the seven falls area, but i may just have to hike and scout i guess.....any info would be stellar! fankx
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Some guys from the Ark did a first D of Beaver Creek a few seasons ago and got fully epiced. Two or three days out trying to get help. People stuck down in the gorge. I can't remember all the details but basically it was full of wood and ginormous Class 8 drops. That said I have no first hand knowledge of the run so you could classify what I just said as heresay.
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I have seen st. marys and seven falls and fountain during most times of the year and never seen enough water to do anything with. I would think that it would take flood stage to have enough water in these to be runnable.
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is there any other canyons in that area that drop through the granite? it looks like theres a few canyons in that area that drop through that topography......does anyone know how to get in touch with boaters/information about the beaver creek trip? also has anyone looked at the florida river waaaay above lemon, in the weminuche? serious hike in but it looks like possible san juan gorge topography
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Kudos to yetigonecrazy for his obsession with seeking out new runs. Keep up the good work!
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boaters/information about the beaver creek trip? also has anyone looked at the florida river waaaay above lemon, in the weminuche?
1. John Weatherford's yer man .. good luck with that. He's likely on the east coast.

2. Yes .. matter of fact, there was a first d. done within the last week on the upper FLA ... I'll defer to the ruling party on that one. I hear it was pretty OK.
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