Daisy Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||290 fpm|
|Max Gradient||290 fpm|
|SLATE R AB BAXTER GL @HWY 135 NR CRESTED BUTTE, CO|
|usgs-385106106571000||500 - 2500 cfs||V||82h51m||~ 25.6 cfs (too low)|
Easier that OBJ, but steeper than the Slate or East rivers, Daisy Creek is fun as hell!
Ed Hanson's Web Gallery has some great shots of Big Wood Falls and Rip Your Head Off.
The Quadruple Crown: Because of the short length and proximity of the Crested Butte creeks, all four of them can be run in the same day. The East River is the best to start out with; it has the largest flow and the least gradient of the four. Next in line is Daisy Creek. Just continue downstream after Daisy to the confluence with the Slate River; there will be about 1/2 mile of slack water until the first rapid. The takeout for the Slate River is the same as Oh Be Joyful Creek, so just walk up to the OBJ put-in from there.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.1||First series of slides||5.0|
|0.5||Big Woody Falls||5.0|
|0.8||Rip Your Head Off||5.0|
***This waterfall significantly changed in 2011***
Pre-2011 there was a log jam extended 3/4 across the river, and the right line was the safest line. In 2011 the log jam washed away, causing the waterfall to increase from 15' to 20' and revealing a shallow shelf on river right.
The new line is left of center. Aim to brush the pine tree branch on your left shoulder as you're going over - if you're too far left you'll land in the eddy pool and if you're too far right you'll land on the right shelf. Many people have injured their backs from landing on the shelf or by boofing too hard. This waterfall has an easy lead-in, but can be very consequential if done wrong.
- Beta for this rapid was contributed to by the Crested Butte boating community
This one sneaks up on you. After Big Wood Falls the gradient eases off and things appear to be mellowing out, and then the bottom drops out from under you on a blind corner. The bottom cascade in this rapid has an hourglass constriction that has jagged rocks on the left side. You can boat it straight down the gut and just keep your hands and paddle to the right. Takeout right away downstream if you're not planning on running the Slate River.
Gunnison Flow Study: Success, Next steps underway
October 14, 2013