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Difficulty V
Length 1 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 03/03/2004 11:08 pm

River Description

This thing is in the Montana Surf guidebook, and in Twitch. It's at least a class V.

Lat/longitude coords are a good guess, bracketing the gnarliest section. More exact coords will be posted as we get them.

Info from StreamKeeper Cody Howard:

Drive up to Half Moon Campground, and then hike the trail up along the creek. You will see a sign and a side trail to go look at the Falls, worth checking out so you know what's coming up at the end of the run. Continue to hike up and you'll cross a bridge; hike up the hill almost to the top, and then head down to the creek.
-You should come to an 80-ft slide that constricts at the bottom; this is the Pinch. Put in and run it, or below it, but be careful because there is no warm up, and it's a tricky slide.
- There will be a bunch of clean slides, including Gambler, a right banking slide into a gnarly hole.
- From there you will go underneath the bridge and it will turn into a boulder drop. GET out as soon as the canyon constricts because you've got to portage the upper half of the falls.
- Run the lower half of the falls (shown in Twitch) and then you'll come to Shakedown (last slide) and then get out at Half Moon.

---> Definitely pick up a copy of Montana Surf, the guidebook, for a more detailed description of the creek and surrounding runs. Beautiful guidebook, which you shouldn't be without.

Check out Mike Albrecht's photos of Big Timber Creek

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9 years ago

Raining lots! The flows are high. the island on lower big T falls is almost all the way under. rock gone!

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9 years ago

For all of you lower big T falls lovers, the rock that was in the way last season is GONE! water is high get out there.

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10 years ago

How can the average gradient be greater than the max gradient? Answer: if the run is less than a mile long, since the average is per mile.

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Chris Gorman
13 years ago

I hiked this thing...It is just insanely huge. Biggest boatable whitewater I have EVER seen. It is all hikeable...Great hike if you are around bozeman.

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