Clear Creek - 05. Green Bay Rock (MM 262.9) to Rigor Mortis (MM 267.2)


Clear Creek, Colorado, US

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05. Green Bay Rock (MM 262.9) to Rigor Mortis (MM 267.2) (Black Rock)

Usual Difficulty IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 114 fpm
Max Gradient 138 fpm

Riverboarding RigorMortis


Riverboarding RigorMortis
Photo of IceMan by FaceLevel.com taken 07/02/05 @ 540cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CLEAR CREEK AT GOLDEN, CO
usgs-06719505 500 - 1000 cfs IV-V(V+) 01h02m 191 cfs (too low)


River Description

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).


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-06-10 17:49:45

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Green Bay RockIIIPutin
1.0Black Rock Rapid5.0Photo
3.0The Narrows5.0Photo
5.0Rigor Mortis5.3Takeout Hazard Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Green Bay Rock (Class III)
At mile 262.9 is a large dirt pullout with a house-sized spray painted rock

Black Rock Rapid (Class 5.0, Mile 1.0)

Black Rock Rapid

Black Rock Rapid
Photo by Brian Adkins

The first hard rapid. You have to thread your way through the rock garden in the top half, and avoid the undercut rock at the bottom.

The Narrows (Class 5.0, Mile 3.0)

River boarding The Narrows drop

River boarding The Narrows drop
Photo of IceMan by FaceLevel.com taken 07/02/05 @ 540cfs

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.



Rigor Mortis (Class 5.3, Mile 5.0)

Riverboarding RigorMortis

Riverboarding RigorMortis
Photo of IceMan by FaceLevel.com taken 07/02/05 @ 540cfs

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.




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