Colorado, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||35 fpm|
|Max Gradient||120 fpm|
|COLORADO RIVER NEAR KREMMLING, CO|
|usgs-09058000||375 - 2000 cfs||IV-V||00h56m||546 cfs (running)|
Gore Canyon is the post-season run for advanced intermediates and experts in Colorado. Levels usually run 1000+ CFS July until October.
At prime levels, 1000 to 1200 CFS, this run is a solid Class IV run with two Class IV+'s (Pyrite and Kirshbaum) and two solid Class V's (Gore Rapid and Tunnel Rapid).
Four miles of flatwater begin this dark rock canyon with the train track as your companion.
Above 1200 CFS, creek boats are recommended ... and better bring your water wings!
Beware the spiders in the sneak at Gore Rapid.
Shuttle Directions: About one mile south of Kremmling head west on Trough Road
(1 rd). Take a right 1/2 mile down this road, before crossing the river, to get to the
The take-out is about 10 miles further down Trough Road at Pumphouse Campground. There is a small fee at Pumphouse to maintain the facilities.
Reaches of the Colorado River:
01. Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 40 bridge (Byers Canyon) (CO, IV)
02. Gore Canyon (CO, IV-V)
03. Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio (Pumphouse) (CO, III)
04. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70) (Barrel Springs) (CO, IV-V [V+])
05. Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123 (I-70) to Grizzly Creek, Exit 121 (I-70) (Shoshone) (CO, III-IV)
06. Cameo Dam (Big Sur / Lucky 7) (CO, III)
07. Loma to Westwater (Ruby / Horsethief Canyons) (CO-UT, II)
08. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
09. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab (Professor Valley) (UT, I-III)
10. Moab to Powell Reservoir (Cataract Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
11. Lees Ferry to Lake Mead (Grand Canyon) (AZ, I-V)
12. Black Canyon (AZ-NV, I)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|6.0||Lots o' Class IV||IV|
This is the longest and most technical rapid in Gore Canyon. In 2003 there was a log pinned at the top of the rapid on the right. Every time down I somehow manage to end up somewhere different. Some lines are definitely better than others! The standard line is right, left, right over the course of about 200 yards.