Cache La Poudre, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||62 fpm|
|CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS|
|codwr-CLAFTCCO0||250 - 3000 cfs||III||01h00m||298 cfs (running)|
|This corresponds to about 1.75 - 3' on the Pineview gauge|
Check out their description of this reach.
Lower Mishawaka is an easy stretch of III sandwiched between harder sections on the river, it's a good upgrade for beginners who want to progress beyond the Filter Plant run. The lines are easy and there are no man-made obstacles to maneuver around. However, beginners should have a guide as there are a couple of large holes to avoid.
To get there: The put in is at the Mishiwaka Inn (mile marker 108.2), or (much better) put in at one of the pull-outs shortly below the Mish. Take out at just above the bridge at Hewlett Gulch (mile marker 110.7).
For descriptions of Colorado runs, see Whitewater of the Southern Rockies by Stafford and
McCutchen, or Colorado Rivers and Creeks by Banks and Eckert.
The most reliable flow information, and a calculator for converting cfs to/from the Pineview gauge, is available from the Poudre Rock Report at http://www.poudrerockreport.com
Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.
Big South (Class V/VI),
Joe Wright Creek (Class V),
Spencer Heights (Class V/VI),
South Fork (Class IV/V),
White Mile Run/Upper Rustic (Class III),
Grandpa's Gorge/Lower Rustic (Class III/IV),
The Narrows (Class IV/V/V+),
Upper Mishawaka (Class III/IV),
Lower Mishiwaka (Class III),
Poudre Park (Class IV),
Bridges (Class III/IV),
Upper North Fork (Class IV/V),
Lower North Fork (Class II/III), and
Filter Plant (Class III).