Cross, Minnesota, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||25 fpm|
|Max Gradient||55 fpm|
This Upper section of the Cross has a lot of flatwater, low-grade rapids, and at least 50' of drop in less than a half-mile. Expect that wood (deadfall/snags) may be a major concern, especially in the early going.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Drainage: 45 sq.mi.||N/A|
|3.4||End of shot of gradient||N/A|
Approximate drainage (based on personal measurement via online planimeter and topomaps) just downstream of listed put-in, at confluence with (and thus including) Fourmile Creek.
NOTE: All information is tentative, based solely upon online aerial views. In particular, rapids ratings are purely conjecture, and could be considerably misleading! Anyone who has paddled this section and who can supply more accurate (first-hand) information is encouraged to help out your fellow boaters via the "Add a comment" button (which should appear below for all logged-in users) or by contributing a photo, video, or other report!
About a half-mile into the run (just after Fourmile Creek enters from the left), gradient picks up, and you should have nearly a half-mile of fairly continuous good gradient (rapids). There is nothing apparent which indicates anything 'big' through here, so I'm guessing continuous class II-ish, maybe pushing places/times into III-ish territory.
After something near 1.5 miles of rather uninterrupted flat water paddling, some gradient is encountered. Indeed, topos show something near 50' of drop in about a half mile. So, again, it is purely conjecture, but I'm guessing that someplace down through here, it's more than just class II or III. (Online aerial views are inconclusive.)
The steepest half-mile on this upper reach comes to an end.