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Difficulty III-IV+
Length 1.3 Miles
Flow Range 900 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 24 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/11/2020 9:37 pm

River Description

This run is smaller than Island, pretty similar in size to Little Clear Creek. It is not as quality as either, but is still a pristine and tiny plateau creek worth checking out.

The run starts with some easy 2-3 bedrock and then goes off a nice 6-foot sliding drop. After this is a set of crappy drops with wood and undercuts, With Teeth. Be on guard, especially at levels above 1 foot. After a tight bend to the right in this set, quickly get out and scout the next one for wood. This is the big rapid on the run, Pretty Hate Machine. It is a class-4 rapid with a nasty sieve on the right and a tight undercut passage on the left. You'll want to understeer this one on the left, lest you end to end in the slot. 2/3 of the time it is choked full of wood and getting out above it can be risky for the less than competent, or for anyone in there at high water. For the most part this drop sucks.

After this, the quality steps back up with plenty of read and run class 3 microcreeking. A hundred yards or more below the big one is Downward Spiral, a cool drop that needs to be entered on a channel on the left by ducking through some brush. Once into the groove, a nice shoulder boof high on the right will prevent an unpleasant pocket beat-down on the left. Set safety here if at all in doubt.

Next is Broken, a fun drop where you boof right off a center rock into an eddy, then ferry in behind the boof with all the flow, which slams into an undercut on the river left wall. You are heading towards the undercut, but if you drive right too soon or angle too hard right, you will hit a fan rock that will most likely deflect you hard into the undercut. Patience, grasshopper!

The problem with this run you will see, is it's not long enough. After downward spiral there is a little more boogie, with a neat slot against the right wall and another with a cool undercut cave on river right. This marks the end of the goods and the beginning of the class-2 paddle out.

This run is cool, but really is just a better putin option for Daddy's anytime it is going. Like most plateau microcreeks, the scenery is beyond description. Beautiful evergreen mixed with hardwood and pine, beautiful clear and green water, and intimacy make up for any lack of rapids quality or consistency.

One more thing to remember is you will be dumped into Daddy's half a mile above the canyon. If Daddy's is between 1.5 and 2.5 this will not be a problem, but if above 2.5-3 feet, be ready for continuous class 4 and dangerous conditions. If Daddy's is above 4 feet, Yellow would likely be too high anyway, but consider other options if not up for class 5 big water. I have run the combo when Yellow was 1.2 and Daddy's was 1.5. I have also done it when Yellow was 0.5 and Daddy's was 2.7. Bottom line is: find out where the rain fell. Streamflow gauges tell but one side of the story



To know more about this creek 

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Rapid Descriptions

Yellow Creek Bridge

Class - Mile - 0
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Parking upstream river right 30 feet 80 feet from bridge

With Teeth

Class - IV Mile - 0.2
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Pay attention here, that's all.   There is wood and undercut banks.

Pretty Hate Machine

Class - IV Mile - 0.3

Its easy to blow right into this one, and its the hardest rapid on the run.  Enter center then right, catching an eddy behind a boulder in the middle.  From this micro-eddy you can see the line clearly.  Left of center all the way down, knifing through an undercut notch.  There is a drain sieve on the right in the hanging eddy halfway down.  Don't mess with it.  You may or may not be able to see a whirlpool sucking water down, but there is room for more in there.

Downward Spiral

Class - IV Mile - 0.4
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Tight and fun. You will miss the entrance channel on river left your first time, but can launch in off a rock for the final drop, or ferry back upstream and enter the channel at the top.


Class - III+ Mile - 0.5
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Boat scoutable, just boof off right into the hanging eddy to see what the deal is

Confluence with Daddy's Creek

Class - Mile - 1.3
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Water colume increase, Water quality decrease


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Alex Zendel
6 years ago

Dangerous. blind wood in the drop immediately below the limbo log. More info:

Gage Descriptions

There is a gauge just downstream of the putin bridge on the river left bedrock wall.

It can be done down to 0.5, but don't expect alot of fun. 0.8 is an acceptable minimum, with 1 foot being fun. 1.5 is getting high. I have run the combo when Yellow was 1.2 and Daddy's was 1.5. I have also done it when Yellow was 0.5 and Daddy's was 2.7. Bottom line is find out where the rain fell. Streamflow gauges tell but one side of the story

Directions Description

Takeout is same for Daddys Creek, at Devils Breakfast Table.


Putin is at the bridge over Yellow Creek

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mark cumnock


Matt Muir


Kirk Eddlemon


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198264 09/27/10 mark cumnock fixed typo
1214351 02/11/20 mark cumnock updated description
1197915 07/04/10 Matt Muir Added clarification to name; added lynx.
1191594 04/11/06 Kirk Eddlemon n/a