Crooked Creek (Montgomery Co.), Arkansas, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||115 fpm|
|Max Gradient||200 fpm|
|Little Missouri River near Langley, AR|
|usgs-07360200||6.50 - 12.00 ft||III-IV+||01h05m||4.61 ft (too low)|
This micro creek flows along NFS road and into Little Missouri above Albert Pike campground. Road scout and run what looks good!
Note: The combination of steep banks and small creek size tend to clog the creek with wood from time to time, so keep look out.
Two main sections of drops.
The upper section is tiny and consists of 10+ drops of 5-8 feet in rapid succession. A quick break and then 'Backbreaker Falls', a 15+ foot rocky drop.
The lower section is 0.6 miles with 4 main ledgey/slot drops in the class III/IV range. This starts at the low water bridge for the road that goes to Little Missouri Falls. The first drop is a stairstep ledge with a hole or two among the rocks. Cross under a bridge and be prepared to run the next two drops in quick sucession. A large boulder on the left and a steep bank on the right. Work around to the left behind the boulder and take one of several routes over the ledge. The far left offers a slot/boof/turn move. The next drop offers a sweet boof over an 8-foot ledge. Watch for the piton rock on the lip and bottom right. The hole can get hungry a big levels. Work through the willows to the take-out bridge and last rapid. Go under the bridge, negotiate the tight rocky turn to the the left. A few smaller drops are located below the takeout bridge and are accessible by the road.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.3||Lower Gorge Access||N/A|
Series of back-to-back ledge drops, with the last one being the tallest. Eddies are scarce at high water.
Last drop of the upper gorge. A small ledge leads to a tight slot move. Creek flatens out from here to the next road crossing but tends to collect wood.
Just below the road crossing downstream of the upper gorge lies the tallest drop on the creek. The waterfall is next to the road and easily scoutable. Best line is on the right. Watch the pitons.
A small parking area/privitive campsite can be used to access the creek below Backbreaker Falls. The other fork joins and doubles the flow. From here down to the Little Missouri Falls road crossing the creek lacks defined drops, but is a nice paddle. Beware of downed wood.
The Little Missouri Falls road crossing serves as the main access to the lower gorge. If the upper is too low, run laps on the lower. If the upper is running, do a couple laps and wait for the lower to drop out some.
First notable drop of the lower gorge. Double ledge drop into the largest pool on the creek.
Enter between the right wall and large boulder on the left. Depending on water level, boof far left next to the wall and cascade or in the middle.
Last ledge drop, use the flake for a good boof. But don't piton the flake.