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Difficulty III-V+
Length 15 Miles
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Flow Range N/A
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Reach Info Last Updated 12/12/2017 3:16 pm

River Description

Upper Rattlesnake Creek is a challenging adventure that has been tackled by only a few groups. The run is characterized by a long hike in, a Class IV gorge and a class V gorge above Franklin Bridge, followed by several miles of braided beaverdams (ie portage-fest), and finally several miles of fast Class II/III.  The scenery and wildlife viewing are incredible, as is the physical challenge. 

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J. Sky Cova
1 year ago

Floaters of Rattlesnake Creek should note the presence of a very hazardous dam below the Sawmill Gulch Road bridge, and above the trailhead at the end of Duncan Drive. This section should be avoided, as the dam usually acts like a large concrete strainer that cannot be seen from above. Floaters who enter the section and encounter a large concrete structure to river left should exit left above the structure, haul boats, and walk the trails around the area toward Duncan Drive. Put back in below the dam, and you have an excellent float on the lower section. Link to beta on this section:

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