3-step 45' drop with the 2nd step 15'er landing on flat rock. Super-fun but back and rib injuries common. Head injuries when people flip, too. A common story you hear about Stairway is that people scout the drop and say "no way am I running that!". At which point they start to look at the portage. Then the hapless boater quietly gets back in their boat and starts to psyche up. Walk up and out river left to Cloudland Canyon picnic area if needed.
Heads up for locals; there is a piton rock in the
second ledge in 'snakepit' (just below
Fishbowl) and the right exit rock is now
undercut since 2004 hurricanes. Consider
scouting. Tree below Surrealistic sneak. And
a left slot between Big Bang and Revelations
has a nasty pin rock in it now - drive left or run
the center ramp instead. <br />
Heard several boaters made an 11'' run Nov. 2006, some new wood in lower but all avoidable at that level on that day. Major windstorm later in month so be aware..
Bear 20'' 4PM - usual suspects (brad, todd, mark, brent, lane, bryce) doing laps. New
Date: Dec 08 2004, 8:25 GMT
Finally made it down and it was every bit as good as remembered.
There's 'new' wood in the surrealistic sneak (runnable?) and an 'new' undercut on the right in the rapid below Fishbowl (Snakepit) and above Knockin on Heaven's Door. Meltdowns in Cosmic Trigger, Corey ran left at Big Bang, then surfed Revelations (on my directions). Logs in left channel at Armagaddon (still) but squeeky clean down from there.
65 degrees - in December? Love this season!
AW negotiated access to the Bear in 1995. Support AW for keeping classic steep creeks like the Bear open!!
The local gauge on the bridge upstream from the put-in - downstream river right side. 9" min, 12"--18" optimim, 20"-2' high but commonly run (watch fishbowl and revelations).
The cfs gauge listing is for Lookout Creek, just downstream of Trenton, Ga. Bear drains into lookout creek. The gauge is less than two miles from the Bear takeout.
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Middle of Stairway
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Another Stairway View
Stairway to Heaven
Just below Momentary Lapse of Reason
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