Castle Creek - 01. Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge on Roaring Fork


Castle Creek, Colorado, US

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01. Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge on Roaring Fork (Castle Creek)

Usual Difficulty IV+ (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 158 fpm
Max Gradient 162 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ROARING FORK RIVER BELOW MAROON CREEK NEAR ASPEN
codwr-ROABMCCO0 300 - 900 cfs IV+ 01h18m 158 cfs (too low)
CASTLE CREEK AT ASPEN, CO
usgs-09075400 100 - 500 cfs IV+ 81d16h34m 38 cfs (too low)


River Description

Class IV Micro creeking at its best. A fun tight run with a lot of blind corners.

Make sure you know the wood situation before you go in. There is generally one or more logs.

Put this together with slaughterhouse and maybe a trip to the Uppper Fryingpan on your way out.

See Colorado Rivers and Creeks II, by Banks and Eckardt (The Bible), for info on this and many other runs of Colorado.

Other Creeks in the area:
Cemetary (Class II+),
Woody Creek (Class III),
Toothache (Class III),
Slaughterhouse (Class IV),
Fryingpan (Upper) (Class IV+),
Fryingpan (Lower) (Class III+), and
Upper Roaring Fork (Class V+).


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-05-28 16:49:38

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 1 2013 (1366 days ago)
Lance JonesDetails
June 2013: the music school was under expansion and we were told it was under new ownership and
politely told boater access was no longer allowed. We were referred to go upstream and found access
at Hall Drive.
May 17 2012 (1776 days ago)
Craig PhillipsDetails
Class IV Micro creeking at its best. A fun tight run with a lot of blind corners. Make sure you
know the wood situation before you go in as there generally is one. Put this together with
slaughterhouse and maybe a trip to the Uppper Fryingpan on your way out.


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