Roaring Fork - 02. Slaughterhouse


Roaring Fork, Colorado, US

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02. Slaughterhouse (Aspen to Upper Woody Creek Bridge)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 4.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 85 fpm
Max Gradient 108 fpm

(RM) Typical Slaughterhouse


(RM) Typical Slaughterhouse
Photo of Kirk Duchow & Dave Cannon by Rob Maxwell @ 750

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ROARING FORK RIVER BELOW MAROON CREEK NEAR ASPEN
codwr-ROABMCCO0 500 - 2700 cfs IV-V 01h10m 221 cfs (too low)


River Description

This is one of the juiciest, quality, class 4 runs in the state. It goes on and on, it stays pretty consistent in its difficulty for the full four miles. The general character is technical, channelized 4. You can make it your slalom course, you can create your own more difficult lines, you can pick it apart. In comparison to the Numbers on the Arkansas, its a bit more difficult, a bit more techinical, and much more channelized. Its also a nicely scenic stretch of river.

The first rapid, one of the more difficult, Entrance Exam comes about 100 yards downstream of the put-in. Warm up quickly.

A drop that is out of character with the rest of the run, Slaughterhouse Falls, comes about half a mile below the put-in. Look for a calmer section of river, with a large scree field on the left, and a gently slopping beach/bank on the right. Eddie out at the bank on the right to scout. Slaughterhouse Falls is a river wide 6' ledge. At medium and lower flows the line is center left. Scouting from downstream you will see a spot where the falls form a "crotch", thats your line. Keep your speed up. Going over the falls to far to the right could be nasty. At higher flows check out a far right line over the falls.

Another drop to pay attention for is "Triple Drop", that includes a sticky hole at the bottom of the rapid in the center.

General comments for the whole run: There is potential for lots of play. Also, though there is not much, keep your eye out for unexpected, random wood, especially if your taking more interesting lines.

- Sammer Elias


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Last Updated: 2014-04-19 16:42:58

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Put inN/APutin Photo
0.1Entrance ExamIV
0.6Slaughterhouse FallsIV+Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Put in (Class N/A)

(RM) Slaughterhouse Put-In

(RM) Slaughterhouse Put-In
Photo by Rob Maxwell @ 750

There is parking are here providing access to a small green park on the river and a bicycle trail which follows the river.   Overflow parking is on the opposite side of the road. 



Entrance Exam (Class IV, Mile 0.1)

The first rapid, Entrance Exam comes about 200 yards downstream of the put-in. Warm up quickly as it is one of the more difficult rapids on the run.



Slaughterhouse Falls (Class IV+, Mile 0.6)

(RM) Slaughterhouse Falls from above

(RM) Slaughterhouse Falls from above
Photo of Rob Maxwell by Rob Maxwell @ 750

A drop that is out of character with the rest of the run, Slaughterhouse Falls, comes about half a mile below the put-in. Look for a calmer section of river, with a large scree field on the left, and a gently slopping beach/bank on the right. Eddie out at the bank on the right to scout. Slaughterhouse Falls is a river wide 6' ledge. At medium and lower flows the line is center left. Scouting from downstream you will see a spot where the falls form a "crotch", thats your line. Keep your speed up. Going over the falls to far to the right could be nasty. At higher flows check out a far right line over the falls.




User Comments

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August 2 2014 (998 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
7-28-14 G and I ran this at 362 CFS on our own. It was a little slower and a bit more bumps and
grabs at tis level, yet still enjoyable and doable. We had no problems on Entrance Exam and
Slaughterhouse Falls. We messed up at eye of the needle and could not decide on a plan of which way
to go until the last min, which was to late. We went right of the Eye Of The Needle rock and got
hung up on it and the rock to the right. G was on high side and I was unable get up from the low
side in time, Mini Me flipped and we were swimming between to boulders. G came out the other side
of the funnel of water and I was under the boat, I was than able to get a foot hold and flip the
raft right side up and climbed in. I saw that G was ok, grabbed the spare paddle and moved to
shore. We both came out a little sore and reminded of how quickly things can go wrong. The rest of
the river went well, and we realized that its a good idea to have a safety boater with us, even if
we feel completely confident with a run.
July 27 2014 (1004 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
7-24-2014 G and I ran the whole section again flawless in the Mini Me with Charlie as our guide. It
was flowing at 389 CFS and still a good lower level for the Mini Me. Fun, beautiful and close, just
can't get much better.
July 27 2014 (1004 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
7-22-2014 G and I ran the whole run with Charlie as our safety at 405 cfs and was still a great
level in the Mini Me. We ran Entrance exam and the falls with no problems. This is a great run at
low water, lots of technical maneuvers and just the right length. O, and beautiful as well.
July 21 2014 (1011 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
7-20-14 We ran this at 430cfs in the Mini Me. We skipped Entrance Exam just because it was our
first time running this river section. We ran everything else and dropped the falls with no
problems. What a great section of river with plenty of boulder fields to keep you on your paddle
toes. G and Simon with Charlie as our safety.
April 27 2014 (1096 days ago)
proffit (155918)
This run is filled with play and consistent rapids including hells half mile, almost in the middle
of the run. We have run it down as far as 61 CFS. It starts getting fun above 250 CFS.


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