Little Gunpowder Falls - 2) Jerusalem Mill (Jerusalem Rd.) to U.S. Route 40


Little Gunpowder Falls, Maryland, US

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2) Jerusalem Mill (Jerusalem Rd.) to U.S. Route 40

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 33 fpm
Max Gradient 75 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
LITTLE GUNPOWDER FALLS AT LAUREL BROOK, MD
usgs-01584500 120 - 2500 cfs II-III 01h14m 24.1 cfs (too low)
WINTERS RUN NEAR BENSON, MD
usgs-01581700 110 - 5000 cfs II-III 02h13m 27 cfs (too low)


River Description

This is the delightful, classic Little Gunpowder trip. The first half is an almost continuous rock garden, starting out class I-II and then adding a few class II and II+ bits. After the midway point, in short succession, come a series of class III rapids. The first is a 4-foot ledge, easily scouted on the right and best run in the middle at low levels. It is popular to carry back up and run it again. The next splits around an island, with the left side narrower and shallower. Then comes the Belko Factory Falls, a ragged 6-foot drop which can be scouted from the left and run on the right. The remaining class III or III- rapids, above and below the next bridge, are twisty rock gardens. Class II water then resumes, down to I-95. The final mile and a half has only a pair of class II+ rapids on either side of Philadelphia Road, a half-mile above the take out.
The surrounding woodlands are full of deer and quite pretty, except where buildings are close to the creek. You can park at the shopping center alongside the take out. If you continue below there, it is two flat miles to the big Gunpowder Falls, and then another mile to the Gunpowder River inlet.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
This creek is quite flashy, so don't dawdle, or it might come down on you while you are running shuttle. It has more continuous rapids than on the <A Href="http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/721/">Big Gunpowder</a> but they are not any harder. Also has a tamer section upstream.


Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-09-25 18:04:10

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