Clear Creek (Klamath tributary) - Wilderness Bridge to Klamath River

Clear Creek (Klamath tributary), California, US


Wilderness Bridge to Klamath River

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 97 fpm
Max Gradient 129 fpm

Beautiful Gorge

Beautiful Gorge
Photo of Tristan Ragsdale. by Darin McQuoid @ 850

River Description

Upper Clear Creek

Class 4-5 run that requires a one mile hike in. Large wood often blocks the creek so always be on the lookout and scout any blind drops. There is one mandatory portage about one half mile downstream of the high bridge and is followed shortly afterwards by one class 4-5 rapid that can't be portaged or completly scouted. Small increases in flow can transform this from a low water run into a real thumper with stout holes.
Water quality, scenery and rapids are superb, this run is a hidden gem.

Lower Clear Creek

Put in at the Slippery View River Access on the Clear Creek Road. The six miles from here to the Klamath River are stunning. Rapids are generally class 2 with a couple easy class 3 drops. The road runs on the river left high above the creek and hiking out would be very difficult and long. Take out at the Klamath River Highway on river left.

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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-07-09 07:56:35

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 26 2002 (5857 days ago)
Zak LiebyDetails
There is a beautiful class II-III run that starts at Four mile river access (Slippery View) and
runs to the confluence with the Klamath. The creek runs through an unbelievable gorge with
waterfalls cascading into the creek. I ran it winter 02

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