Arkansas - 09. Pinnacle Rock Launch to Parkdale Launch

Arkansas, Colorado, US


09. Pinnacle Rock Launch to Parkdale Launch (Pinnacle Rock)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 8.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 33 fpm


Photo by Tom O'Keefe taken 06/04/04 @ 1000 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-07094500 300 - 5000 cfs III 107d11h34m 240 cfs (too low)

River Description

Description: This run which is located approximtely 40 miles downstream of Salida parallels Highway 50 for its entire length. Much of the run can be seen from the road.

Logisitics: The put-in for this section at Pinnacle Rock is located at Highway 50 mile 258.2. The take-out, which is also the put-in for the popular Royal Gorge section, is located at Highway 50 mile 266.6. Spike Buck is an intermediate access point about a third of the way through the run.

See Colorado Rivers and Creeks II, by Banks and Eckardt (The Bible), for info on this and most of the other kewl runs of Colorado.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

See also Pinecreek (Class IV/V),
The Numbers (Class IV),
Fractions/ Frogrock/ Milkrun (Class III),
Buena Vista (Class III),
Browns Canyon (Class III),
Salida (Class III),
Rincon (Class III),
Pinnacle Rock (Class III),
Royal Gorge (Class III/IV).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-09 20:48:36


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 30 2014 (1661 days ago)
COEngineer (154541)
I have run this section a few times now and the most significant rapid in this section is called
Three Rocks. It is located at UTM: 455939, 4256490. There is a turnout on Hwy 50 that provides a
perfect viewpoint of the rapid before you run it. At high water >4,000 cfs, the easiest route is
to stay river left all the way through, starting about 1/4 mile upstream. At around 2,000 cfs, the
best route is to start river left, then just as you pass a large wave in the center (in line with a
large pine tree river left), follow the current to river right and go between the center and right
rocks of Three Rocks. At lower levels, around 1,000 cfs it is the same route as 2,000 cfs, but is a
little trickier because of all the exposed rocks - read and run.