Treasure Creek - 01. Horsethief Park to Stunner CG


Treasure Creek, Colorado, US

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01. Horsethief Park to Stunner CG

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 170 fpm
Max Gradient 300 fpm

Treasure - Boner Falls


Treasure - Boner Falls
Photo of Bruno Lutz taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs



River Description


Thanks go out to Rick Stohlquist and crew for cleaning and probing this high quality creek run. At 325 cfs, this was a very fun and manageable class V creeking adventure. Most rapids come in the form of pool-drop, many being a double drop combination. Due to the newness of the run, be sure to scout everything you can't see. There is wood and there are definite portages. These inconveinences aside, this run is positively worth checking out.

PUT-IN: Horsethief Park

TAKE-OUT: Stunner Campground

DIRECTIONS: From Monte Vista, head south on 15. Turn right (west) towards Terrace Reservoir on FR 250. After about 25 miles on 250, the road will fork. Take the right fork (FR 380), and shortly thereafter, turn left into Stunner Campground. This works well for a take-out. To get to the put-in, continue west on 380 about 4-5 miles to a a large meadow (Horsethief Park). You can put-in at the bridge and run a sketchy 10 footer or put-in further downstream (recommended).

LINKS:

ColoradoKayaking.com Write-up

Pictures From P38media.com

FIRST DESCENT BY: Rick Stohlquist, Brent Toepper, Johnny Banker, Conor Finney, & Todd Gillman (photographed by Ben Horton) - June 2004.



StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-04-19 11:28:57

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Put-in
0.3Boner FallsIV+Photo
0.8First Gorge5.1Photo
1.3some double drop on left hand corner5.0
1.820 foot waterfall (Portage)Photo
2.556 Falls5.0Photo
3.0MeadowII
3.5The Plank (Portage)Photo
3.6The Twizzler5.1Photo
3.710 foot double dropIV+
4.0Half & HalfIV+
5.0Take-out

Rapid Descriptions

Boner Falls (Class IV+, Mile 0.3)

Treasure - Boner Falls

Treasure - Boner Falls
Photo of Bryan Houle taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs


First Gorge (Class 5.1, Mile 0.8)

Treasure - First Gorge

Treasure - First Gorge
Photo of Steve Ward taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs

The First Gorge consists of a class IV rapid in the upper and a class V rapid in the lower. There are eddies. A manky rock in the entrance to the bottom class V has serious pin potential at lower water levels.

some double drop on left hand corner (Class 5.0, Mile 1.3)
Undercut on right. Wood on left.

20 foot waterfall (Portage)

Treasure - 20 foot waterfall (Portage)

Treasure - 20 foot waterfall (Portage)
Photo taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs


56 Falls (Class 5.0, Mile 2.5)

Treasure - 56 Falls

Treasure - 56 Falls
Photo of Steve Ward taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs


Meadow (Class II, Mile 3.0)
Class II break in the action for a half mile or so.

The Plank (Portage)

Treasure - The Plank (Portage)

Treasure - The Plank (Portage)
Photo taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs


The Twizzler (Class 5.1, Mile 3.6)

Treasure - The Twizzler

Treasure - The Twizzler
Photo of Chad Dyson taken 06/25/05 @ 325 cfs


10 foot double drop (Class IV+, Mile 3.7)
Fun double drop around the corner a bit from Twizzler.

Half & Half (Class IV+, Mile 4.0)
Read and run till the take-out. Be heads up. In June 2005, there was one river wide log and one river wide barbed wire, both able to be ducked, but be aware.


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