Henson Creek - 01. Above Nellie Creek to 1/2 mile from Lake City

Henson Creek, Colorado, US


01. Above Nellie Creek to 1/2 mile from Lake City

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 6.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 122 fpm
Max Gradient 185 fpm

River Description

See Banks and Eckardt, Colorado Rivers & Creeks II. They report "Henson Creek boats better than it looks from the road." They also warn of a "tricky portage" at an "ugly jumble of rocks." Better scout this mofo from the road wherever possible!
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-04-19 11:44:01

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 22 2008 (3985 days ago)
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The rapid mentioned as a portage can go if it's clear of wood, and it can be seen from the road.
Running the rapid is about as tough as the portage. Generally, this river is tough to scout from
the road since the walls are so steep, and once you're in the canyon you're pretty much locked in.
Fortunately, aside from the big rapid you can see from the road, and the few biggies that you can
see from the road below the canyon, everything else deep in the canyon is boat-scoutable (IVish)
and shouldn't collect too much wood. Be mindful that there is a meaty rapid in the trees before you
get to the first dam; that one caught us by surprise.