Clearwater, S. Fork, Idaho, US
Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead (Golden Run)
||IV-V (for normal flows)
South Fork - Making the Line
South Fork - Making the LinePhoto of Tor Andersen by Todd Hoffman
At normal flows this run is continuous class V. If you catch it at low water
-just before you need hiking
boots- it is technical class IV. I am a class IV boater and this is absolutely my favorite run
anywhere. The road is along the river for scouting and portaging. Shorter runs are possible.
The run begins at Hanging Rock (MP 28). You will know it when you see it. The mile upstream is
Coyote Falls and should be scouted just to marvel at it. Coyote Falls is 0.3 miles of terror and
0.7 miles of IV+ at low flows. From Hanging Rock down are three miles of continuous rock dodging.
You may wish to portage Chuck Rollins at Âmile post 25.4Â. This is followed by two miles of easy
water. Then, the action picks up again for another two miles. You may wish to portage Fish Jump at
Âmile post 22.4Â. Take out at Cougar Creek Trailhead about Âmile post 20.6Â. The next 6.8 miles
are class II with a few easy class IIIs. Check out the Mickey Mouse
run if the water here is
too high for you.
Shuttle: Road Map
To get to the take-out
: Go up Idaho State Highway 14 to Cougar Creek Trailhead around road
mile 20.6. Park at the trailhead. It's free.
To get to the put-in
: Go upstream 7.4 miles to MP 28 and park in the wide spot upstream of
the hanging rock. Stop at Fish Jump, two miles upstream (mile 22.4) and Chuck Rollins, five
upstream (mile 25.4) to scout.
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Last Updated: 2014-06-10 05:05:58