Yampa - 04. 85 Rd to Deer Lodge Park Rd

Yampa, Colorado, US


04. 85 Rd to Deer Lodge Park Rd (Cross Mountain Gorge)

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 59 fpm
Max Gradient 67 fpm

Cross Mountain Gorge - Snake Pit

Cross Mountain Gorge - Snake Pit
Photo of Zach Hensley by Bryan Houle taken 03/21/04 @ 1200 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09251000 700 - 13000 cfs IV(V) 8d03h55m 314 cfs (too low)

River Description

Latitude / Longitude data very approximate.

"Rioter" said, on Boater Talk, "I've never been on the water in Cross above about 4500 cfs. It's a solid IV at this level with some must-make moves. I've also paddled it as low as 300 cfs and it wasn't great (III-), but hey it's Cross! Just beware that Cross has a short season and when it starts to go it goes. I know some people that have hit it at high water (Barry Smith claims he has run it at 17,000 if my memory is correct). For me, I like it best around 2,000-2,500 cfs."

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-09 21:02:48


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