Eagle River - Gilman Gorge

Colorado-US  

Description

Despite its lovely mountain location, this backyard run for Vail boaters is also a dumping ground for old mining operations.  Tucked away in a beautiful gorge hidden well below the highway, it still offers a nice respite from civilization.  Although not roadside, a railroad grade that runs the entire length offers easy egress from the canyon.  

Class V boaters will want to do the espresso start on Homestake Creek before entering Gilman Gorge proper.  The first mile or two offers some fun class III-IV boggie water until Fall Creek drops in from river left forming a glorious cascade.  Its namesake rapid looks intimidating but runs smoothly enough at low-medium water levels.  It's followed by a few more fun class IV rapids before an obvious tightening of the gorge signals Slurry Pipe, the signature class V rapid.  Scout it carefully because the riverbed is unfriendly.  The crux move seems to be getting through a hole midway down the rapid and then holding on for the junky ride below.  The takeout is immediately afterward in a lovely meadow.

Statistics

KSC
Class IV to V
Current Flow 51.7 CFS
09-21-2017 14:15
Recommended Flow Minimum: 200.0
Average: 1000.0
Maximum: 3000.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: August
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge EAGLE RIVER NEAR MINTURN, CO
Length Mile(s)
Gradient FPM
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Fall Creek Rapid

05-05-2012 - 325 cfs

Photo By: Kevin Cripps

Subject: Lucas Spaulding