Boulder Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||350 fpm|
|Max Gradient||392 fpm|
|MIDDLE BOULDER CREEK AT NEDERLAND|
|codwr-BOCMIDCO0||150 - 450 cfs||V||01h30m||143 cfs (too low)|
Do all hiking and scouting from river right because there is private property on the left.
To get there: Drive south out of Nederland towards Central City. At the edge of town turn right on the road to Eldora Ski Area, 1/4 mile down the road go straight instead of left to Eldora. After driving through a small town the pavement will end, another mile or so down the dirt road you will come to a fork in the road. To the right is the Fourth of July Road which takes you to the put-in, to the left is the Hessie Road and the take-out.
To get to the new put-in drive about a mile past Hellum's Waterfall, which is very obvious from the road, to a campground on the left. The campground is an undeveloped flat grassy field of about an acre in size with a couple of fire rings scattered about. The creek is only 50 feet from the road and mellow Class II at that point.
The takeout is 1/2 mile up the left fork, Hessie Road, or you can boat Class II(with wood hazards) down to the fork of the road. This latter option is a good idea for low clearance cars.
See Colorado Rivers and Creeks II, by Banks and Eckardt (The Bible), for info on this and most of the other kewl runs of Colorado.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.
The various reaches of Boulder Creek,
Jasper Creek (Class V+/VI),
The Source (Class V),
Upper Boulder Canyon (Class V/V+),
Lower Boulder Canyon (Class IV),
Boulder Town Run (Class II/III),
North Fork Boulder (Class V+/VI),
Alto-Alto (Class IV),
Upper South Boulder (Class V+/VI),
Lower South Boulder (Class IV/V+/VI),
Eldorado Canyon (Class V+).
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.8||Dead Hiker Falls||5.0|
|1.9||more busy water||5.0|