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Old 09-29-2015   #1
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Tallest Waterfalls in CO?

Hello everyone,

Was wondering about coming up with a nice list of some of the tallest waterfalls in state that occur on boatable streams. Obviously there are numerous giant waterfalls on creeks that are far too small to boat, but there are plenty of big drops both runnable and non on streams that do get boated. Flows are low and instead of the customary off-season flaming I thought let's do something more fun and friendly.

Some of the ones just of the top of my head. Please correct any heights/names that you see fit!

Cinnamon Falls, Lake Fork of the Gunnison, ~60'
Marble Falls, Crystal River, ~??' (big, multi stage)
Zute Chute, Crystal River, ~40'
Pine Tree Falls, Crystal River, ~40' (multiple tiers)
Upper Punchbowl Falls, SF Crystal River, ~25-30'
Lower Punchbowl Falls, SF Crystal River, ~40'
Unnamed drops, NF Crystal River, ~40-50(?)'
Miners Falls, Rock Creek, ~50'
Adrenaline Falls, Lime Creek, ~20'
Viagra, Lime Creek, ~??'
Balls In Your Mouth(right name?), Lime Creek, ~??'
Entrance Falls, Valliceto Creek, ~18'
SF Mineral Creek Falls, ~20'
Ice Lakes Creek falls, ~??' (multiple tiers)
Unnamed Falls, Animas Forks -> Eureka Gorge, ~??'
Double Trouble, Big South Fork Cache La Poudre River, ~40' (two tiers)
Poudre Falls, Cache La Poudre River, ~50' (3 tiers)
Canyon Creek falls, Canyon Creek (Animas), ~??' (multiple drops)
Stupid Falls, East River, ~60'
Ankle Breaker, OBJ, ~25'
Heart Attack, OBJ, ~20'
NF Slate River Falls, ~??'
East Fork San Juan Falls, EF San Juan River, ~??' (multiple drops)
NFSF Arkansas Falls, ~??' (triple stage)
Black Gore Creek falls (Skate Park or Skate Ramp...name?), Black Gore Creek, ~??'
Paralyzer, Lake Creek, ~40'(?)
Cauldron, Lake Creek, ~20'(?)
King Sol's Balls, King Solomon Creek, ~??
Red Canyon Falls, Roaring Fork of the North Platte River, ~25-30(??')
Slater Creek Falls, Slater Creek, ~30'

Add more!

Also.....big slides too!

Wall Check, Yule Creek, ~40'
Oriental Massage, Yule Creek, ~80'
Avalanche/Bird Pool/etc, OBJ, ~50'
Silly Slides, Daisy Creek, (many slides)

Not looking to start any drama or chaos here. Not looking to bruise anyone's ego or claim any fame or anything other than just purely talking about some of the pretty waterfalls that CO has!

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There is Wolf Creek Falls, not sure if it goes by another name, maybe 20'-30'?
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Ahh yes, I forgot about Wolf Creek! Lots of waterfalls there. Three that have been run (Tunnel of Love, the one below there, and the massive one upstream, "God Help Me" that Pat Keller 1st D'd a few years ago), as well as stacked drops throughout the "Land of Giants" gorge. Thanks for helping!
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EDIT, FOUR of them have been run. Just went back and watched Pat's line and he ran the 30-40'r below God Help Me as well. Major props!!

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Big wood falls 20'
OBJ Bajillion Words 23'
Coors Falls - WFCC - 10'
Fuzzy Little Bunny - 15?

Lower punch bowl is 25' not 40'



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OBJ Bajillion Words 23'
Which drop is this? I've heard many names for the drops on OBJ (Ankle Breaker, Heart Attack, Elbow Falls, Avalanche, Bird Pool, Pick Up Sticks, Twin Falls, Oh Be Careful, Oh Be Greatful, etc) but never heard this one.
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That video of Wolf Creek with all the plugging is the waterfall below the highway crossing. Maybe 20'. the burliest part of that video is that they carried their boats up to the road rather than roping them.

I think that the big waterfall on Wolf Creek is probably the tallest single drop run in CO.

You probably need to subtract 5-10 feet from most of those figures. OBJ waterfalls are more like 15 and 20 respectively. The biggest drop on the commonly run part of the NF Crystal is about 25.

Re- 2nd Gorge Lime. Viagra is about 25. No other drop in there is over 15.

If you are counting boulder gardens, Next Generation in the Black is 50-60 feet total and the burliest thing I have ever seen anyone run.

There really are not a lot of big clean drops in Colorado.
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Fish Creek falls on fish creek just outside steamboat springs is pretty large at 283 feet. It's not runnable but the base is the put-in for a run so I think it qualifies for the list.

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Although it seems just a little sketchier every year, zute chute is maybe 30 at best. What's the history behind Miller's falls below the crystal gorge? Parts have been run? By who?

And that big boy in the Cinnamon gorge... Ooooweee. Last guy in there lost his life, right?


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If you are counting boulder gardens, Next Generation in the Black is 50-60 feet total and the burliest thing I have ever seen anyone run.
I just googled that and watched a video on Vimeo. Holy crap...
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