Big Timber Creek - near Half Moon Campground


Big Timber Creek, Montana, US

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near Half Moon Campground

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 720 fpm
Max Gradient 680 fpm

The Gambler


The Gambler
Photo of Troy Nedved by David Schroeder taken 07/15/03 @ med.



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.
-CODY HOWARD

Check out Mike Albrecht's photos of Big Timber Creek


StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2004-03-03 23:08:35

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Big Timber Falls

Detail Trip Report  Big Timber Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(17.85KB .jpeg)

Big Timber Falls from above.

Detail Trip Report  Big Timber Falls from above.  Big Timber Creek, MT(18.32KB .jpeg)

Pinching one.

Detail Trip Report  Pinching one.  Big Timber Creek, MT(36.89KB .jpeg)

The Gambler from below

Detail Trip Report  The Gambler from below  Big Timber Creek, MT(43.26KB .jpeg)

Tripple Dipple, bottom drop

Detail Trip Report  Tripple Dipple, bottom drop  Big Timber Creek, MT(31.44KB .jpeg)

The Pinch, almost there

Detail Trip Report  The Pinch, almost there  Big Timber Creek, MT(144.53KB .jpeg)

If you looked up "schweet"...

Detail Trip Report  If you looked up "schweet"...  Big Timber, MT(96.33KB .jpeg)

Big Timber Falls

Detail Trip Report  Big Timber Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(24.92KB .jpeg)

Upper BT Falls

Detail Trip Report  Upper BT Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(97.19KB .jpeg)

Gambler

Detail Trip Report  Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(212.10KB .jpeg)

Big Timber Falls

Detail Trip Report  Big Timber Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(123.61KB .jpeg)

Randy on Gambler

Detail Trip Report  Randy on Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(90.29KB .jpeg)

Chad below the Pinch

Detail Trip Report  Chad below the Pinch  Big Timber Creek, MT(31.53KB .jpeg)

Jason 2 drops below Gambler

Detail Trip Report  Jason 2 drops below Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(38.15KB .jpeg)

Ben below bridge on BT

Detail Trip Report  Ben below bridge on BT  Big Timber Creek, MT(69.61KB .jpeg)

Random styling Big T Falls

Detail Trip Report  Random styling Big T Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(61.58KB .jpeg)

Barry on Double Drop BigT

Detail Trip Report  Barry on Double Drop BigT  Big Timber Creek, MT(104.15KB .jpeg)

Mike below Pinch

Detail Trip Report  Mike below Pinch  Big Timber Creek, MT(129.73KB .jpeg)

Ben C below Pinch

Detail Trip Report  Ben C below Pinch  Big Timber Creek, MT(107.48KB .jpeg)

Dave Schroeder gambling

Detail Trip Report  Dave Schroeder gambling  Big Timber Creek, MT(81.93KB .jpeg)

The Gambler

Detail Trip Report  The Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(31.53KB .jpeg)

Mike Albrech's beatdown in the Pinch

Detail Trip Report  Mike Albrech's beatdown in the Pinch  Big Timber Creek, MT(5.97KB .jpeg)

Big Timber Falls

Detail Trip Report  Big Timber Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(1012.55KB .bmp)

Below Walking Bridge B.T.C.

Detail Trip Report  Below Walking Bridge B.T.C.  Big Timber Creek, MT(74.25KB .jpeg)

Double Drop on B.T.C.

Detail Trip Report  Double Drop on B.T.C.  Big Timber Creek, MT(696.67KB .wmv)

Mike on Shakedown

Detail Trip Report  Mike on Shakedown  Big Timber Creek, MT(827.83KB .wmv)

Dave in Shakedown

Detail Trip Report  Dave in Shakedown  Big Timber Creek, MT(1.23MB .wmv)

Lofty under the bridge B.T.C

Detail Trip Report  Lofty under the bridge B.T.C  Big Timber Creek, MT(896.94KB .wmv)

Dave on The Gambler

Detail Trip Report  Dave on The Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(75.86KB .jpeg)

Mike on The Pinch

Detail Trip Report  Mike on The Pinch  Big Timber Creek, MT(677.36KB .wmv)

Dave on Big Timber Falls

Detail Trip Report  Dave on Big Timber Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(706.55KB .wmv)

Dave on The Pinch

Detail Trip Report  Dave on The Pinch  Big Timber Creek, MT(792.57KB .wmv)

Brian on the Gambler

Detail Trip Report  Brian on the Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(4.62MB .avi)

Chad almost gets sucked back in on the Gambler

Detail Trip Report  Chad almost gets sucked back in on the Gambler  Big Timber Creek, MT(8.51MB .avi)

Big Timber Falls

Detail Trip Report  Big Timber Falls  Big Timber Creek, MT(2.41MB .jpeg)


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July 21 2010 (2889 days ago)
Thorin (152147)
The Half Moon Campground is a heavily used camp area that is actively patrolled by the U.S. Forest
Service. Keep your campsite tidy and use the bear proof containers for food storage. The rangers
are cracking down and the fines are steep.
June 4 2010 (2936 days ago)
olinskier (151887)
Raining lots! The flows are high. the island on lower big T falls is almost all the way under. rock
gone!
June 4 2010 (2936 days ago)
olinskier (151887)
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.
July 8 2009 (3267 days ago)
x (1)
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.
July 9 2006 (4362 days ago)
Chris GormanDetails
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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