Homestake Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||480 fpm|
|Max Gradient||480 fpm|
|HOMESTAKE CREEK AT GOLD PARK, CO.|
|usgs-09064000||60 - 200 cfs||V||00h36m||22 cfs (too low)|
Many trips to Gilman Gorge start with a scouting trip to Homestake Creek since Highway 24 provides easy roadside access along the entire run. Homestake Creek's series of half a dozen drops serves as a great little run for steep creekers--CRC2 calls it the "whitewater espresso start" to a run on Gilman Gorge. Just make sure you bring your elbow pads. This creek has has also been the site of an annual extreme creek race.
Logistics: Take exit 171 off I-70 just west of Vail onto Highway 24. Head about 10 miles south up the hill and over the high arch bridge. After crossing this bridge the road drops down to parallel Homsestake Creek. A dirt road leads down to the confluence of Homestake Creek with the Eagle River. You can check out the run by heading upstream along Highway 24. Many trips continue on downstream through the Eagle River's Gilman Gorge .