Dearborn - 1) Upper (carry up 4 miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road)


Dearborn, Montana, US

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1) Upper (carry up 4 miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road)

Usual Difficulty III-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Colorado Chris in ledge/hole drop


Colorado Chris in ledge/hole drop
Photo of Colorado Chris by David Schroeder taken 05/01/04 @ 650

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Dearborn River near Craig MT
usgs-06073500 600 - 1200 cfs III-V(V+) 5d00h17m 69.9 cfs (too low)


River Description

The Upper Dearborn is a sweet, off the beaten path run that is well worth the effort. After Hiking about 4 miles in on a good trail there is an easy access point down to the river just above a couple of substantial looking drops.

These first two run well though they are not the prettiest. The Dearborn rolls on for a bit with Class III drops and boogie water before reaching the next notable drop. This is a straightforward 6 foot ledge that is really fun. A little further down you find a powerful ledge drop that charges through a mean hole backed up by a large rock. This one runs quite clean, though it definitely looks intimidating.

After some more read and run boogie, you come to a log over the river that can be paddled under. Stop above this and scout the difficult gorge section on the left. The gorge starts with a couple small Class III drops leading into a very powerful 5 foot ledge that immediately charges over a thundering 12 foot falls. The swirling eddys below the spigot are steep and difficult to get out of. You are literally sitting about two feet below the exit point. Check this carefully before running at flows over 750. After this the river pinches into a barely runnable boulder jumble. It is not difficult, but one must avoid slipping into the right channel that is feeding directly into an undercut.

Shortly below the gorge there is good access back to the river on river left(the portage side) for those who choose not to hit the gorge. One more 8 foot falls and you are home free, with a chance to relax and soak in the incredible view.

Make sure you check out
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2004-07-22 20:37:24

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Hippy on UDB

Detail Trip Report  Hippy on UDB  Dearborn, MT(89.79KB .jpeg)

Kevin going deep on UDB

Detail Trip Report  Kevin going deep on UDB  Dearborn, MT(38.81KB .jpeg)

Crew on UDB

Detail Trip Report  Crew on UDB  Dearborn, MT(344.23KB .jpeg)

Brian on UDB

Detail Trip Report  Brian on UDB  Dearborn, MT(466.57KB .jpeg)

Ben on UDB

Detail Trip Report  Ben on UDB  Dearborn, MT(670.33KB .jpeg)

AW cover shot of the crew!!

Detail Trip Report  AW cover shot of the crew!!  Dearborn, MT(144.29KB .jpeg)

Hippy on Upper Dearborn

Detail Trip Report  Hippy on Upper Dearborn  Dearborn, MT(75.95KB .jpeg)

Junkshow logging some airtime

Detail Trip Report  Junkshow logging some airtime  Dearborn, MT(1.38MB .jpeg)

Ian dropping first ledge

Detail Trip Report  Ian dropping first ledge  Dearborn, MT(1.37MB .jpeg)

Roj's deep thoughts

Detail Trip Report  Roj's deep thoughts  Dearborn, MT(1.38MB .jpeg)

Trailhead

Detail Trip Report  Trailhead  Dearborn, MT(1.38MB .jpeg)

Steve T dropping first ledge

Detail Trip Report  Steve T dropping first ledge  Dearborn, MT(1.42MB .jpeg)

Roj in Skull Creek

Detail Trip Report  Roj in Skull Creek  Dearborn, MT(1.42MB .jpeg)

Thompson deep in Skull Cr.

Detail Trip Report  Thompson deep in Skull Cr.  Dearborn, MT(1.34MB .jpeg)

Devils Glen

Detail Trip Report  Devils Glen  Dearborn, MT(508.96KB .jpeg)

Ian checking cave

Detail Trip Report  Ian checking cave  Dearborn, MT(587.50KB .jpeg)

Ian at Devil's Glen exit

Detail Trip Report  Ian at Devil's Glen exit  Dearborn, MT(684.26KB .jpeg)

Glen Portage

Detail Trip Report  Glen Portage  Dearborn, MT(732.20KB .jpeg)

Ben C. UDB

Detail Trip Report  Ben C. UDB  Dearborn, MT(1.37MB .jpeg)

Ben on Skull Creek, UDB

Detail Trip Report  Ben on Skull Creek, UDB  Dearborn, Upper , MT(655.79KB .jpeg)

Colorado Chris in ledge/hole drop

Detail Trip Report  Colorado Chris in ledge/hole drop  Dearborn, MT(29.80KB .jpeg)

hiking into Dearborn 1

Detail Trip Report  hiking into Dearborn 1  Dearborn, MT(40.34KB .jpeg)

Hiking into Dearborn 2

Detail Trip Report  Hiking into Dearborn 2  Dearborn, MT(27.84KB .jpeg)

Lofty at first ledge drop

Detail Trip Report  Lofty at first ledge drop  Dearborn, MT(32.73KB .jpeg)

Dangerous Dave on the Upper Dearborn

Detail Trip Report  Dangerous Dave on the Upper Dearborn  Dearborn, MT(116.37KB .jpeg)

Joe Booth, Double Drop

Detail Trip Report  Joe Booth, Double Drop  Dearborn, Mt(69.89KB .jpeg)

IPA, Hike in

Detail Trip Report  IPA, Hike in  Upper Dearborn, Mt(22.85KB .jpeg)

The Whaley, IPA, on First Drop

Detail Trip Report  The Whaley, IPA, on First Drop  Upper Dearborn, Mt(16.86KB .jpeg)

Will Peete, IPA, Double Drop

Detail Trip Report  Will Peete, IPA, Double Drop  Upper Dearborn, Mt(17.22KB .jpeg)

Intro rapids to Devil's Glen

Detail Trip Report  Intro rapids to Devil's Glen  Upper Dearborn, Mt(20.78KB .jpeg)

Devil's Glen

Detail Trip Report  Devil's Glen  Upper Dearborn, Mt(16.96KB .jpeg)

Tight squeeze in the Glen

Detail Trip Report  Tight squeeze in the Glen  Upper Dearborn, Mt(16.77KB .jpeg)

Steep and Deep

Detail Trip Report  Steep and Deep  Upper Dearborn, Mt(11.97KB .jpeg)

Gnarly Eddy

Detail Trip Report  Gnarly Eddy  Upper Dearborn, Mt(13.87KB .jpeg)

Best seat in the house

Detail Trip Report  Best seat in the house  Upper Dearborn, Mt(17.00KB .jpeg)

Photo#662172

Detail Trip Report    MONTANA, MT(1.57MB .jpeg)


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Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Dearborn River near Craig MT
usgs-06073500 600 - 1200 cfs III-V(V+) 5d00h17m 69.9 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
600 -1200 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-V(V+)

Report - Reports of Dearborn 1) Upper (carry up 4 miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Dearborn [Mt] Joe Booth, Double Drop Low joe booth
Dearborn, Upper [MT] Ben on Skull Creek, UDB high medium Ben Clack
Dearborn [MT] Hippy on Upper Dearborn low, cold Ben Clack
Dearborn [MT] Kevin going deep on UDB very low Ben Clack
5y178d12h58m /Dearborn-1) Upper (carry-up 4miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road) Beautiful Dearborn low runnable level Kevin Colburn
5y178d22h44m /Dearborn-1) Upper (carry-up 4miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road) Dearborn at 265 cfs 265 cfs Kevin Colburn
7y202d18h01m /Dearborn-1) Upper (carry-up 4miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road) [MT] First Ledge 1500 cfs adam jordan
7y202d18h11m /Dearborn-1) Upper (carry-up 4miles from end of Dearborn Canyon Road) [MT] Zach on skull creek n/a adam jordan
9y19d21h57m MONTANA [MT] Sun River- class V n/a 0
> 10 years Dearborn [MT] Glen Portage n/a Ben Clack
> 10 years Dearborn [MT] Dangerous Dave on the Upper Dearborn n/a Steve Rodgers
> 10 years Upper Dearborn [Mt] Best seat in the house Low joe booth
> 10 years Dearborn [MT] Lofty at first ledge drop 650 David Schroeder
> 10 years Dearborn [MT] Ben C. UDB pretty darn low Ben Clack
> 10 years Dearborn [MT] Colorado Chris in ledge/hole drop 650 David Schroeder

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