Difficulty IV-V
Length 10 Miles
Flow Range 450 - 850 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 47 minutes ago 44.3 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/25/2020 1:06 am

River Description

Upper Clear Creek

Class 4-5 run that requires a one mile hike in to the Siskiyou Wilderness Area to put in at the hiker's bridge over the creek. Large wood often blocks the creek so always be on the lookout and scout any blind drops. Several wildfires have burned this watershed in recent years and are likely to increase wood loading. There is one mandatory portage about one half mile downstream of the high bridge: the eddy to get out is very small; portage on the right. Cottonmouth, a class 4-5 rapid that can't be portaged or completely scouted, follows the portage in about one half mile. 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, almost beneath the bridge or continue downriver on the Klamath to a river access point in about a half mile.

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Zak Lieby
17 years ago

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 zak95006@yahoo.com

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