Clear Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||114 fpm|
|Max Gradient||138 fpm|
|CLEAR CREEK AT GOLDEN, CO|
|usgs-06719505||500 - 1000 cfs||IV-V(V+)||00h43m||541 cfs (running)|
This is the most challenging run on Clear Creek. This section is made up of mostly read and run IV, with two V's and one V+. It is a great after work run, but keep in mind the riverbed is entirely unnatural and often unkind to upside down or swimming boaters.
To get there: The put-in is at mile 262.9 on Hwy 6, at a pullout with large spray painted rocks. The take-out is just downstream of Rigor Mortis after passing under the bridge(mile marker 267.2).
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Green Bay Rock||III|
|1.0||Black Rock Rapid||5.0|
The hardest part is the entrance, be sure to scout your line carefully. The cliff on river left is undercut at several points throughout the rapid and it's runout. The runout is possibly the funnest rapid on the river.
The creek drops into a constricted mess of hydraulics. It is amazing the vareity of carnage that can happen here. Concentrate on a clean line in the entrance to avoid the big hole at the bottom. There is a large, slightly undercut rock 50' downstream from the big hole, remember to swim right.