East, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||182 fpm|
|Max Gradient||182 fpm|
|EAST RIVER BELOW CEMENT CREEK NR CRESTED BUTTE, CO|
|usgs-09112200||600 - 3000 cfs||IV||44h29m||1230 cfs (running)|
|Optimal flows: 900-2500 as defined by the 2013 Gunnison River Flow Survey|
To get there: Take Gothic Rd out of Crested Butte until you cross the river. This bridge is the put-in. To get to the takeout continue down the road another 50 yards past the bridge and take the first dirt road on the right. About a mile down that road keep an eye out for a large flat field to the right with the grass next to the road trampled down a bit from parking. Look for a small trail leading to the far corner of the field, this is where to scout Stupid Falls and the takeout.
The Quadruple Crown: Because of the short length and proximity of the Crested Butte creeks all 4 of them can be run in the same day. The East River is the best to start out with; it has the largest flow and the least gradient of the four. Next in line is Daisy Creek. Just continue downstream after Daisy to the confluence with the Slate River; there will be about 1/2 mile of slack water until the first rapid. The takeout for the Slate River is the same as Oh Be Joyful Creek so just walk or drive up to the OBJ put-in from there.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.4||Slides #3, 4, & 5||III|
Gunnison Flow Study: Success, Next steps underway
October 14, 2013