Bear Creek - Idledale to Morrison

Colorado-US  

Description

This is a short but fun run from Idledale to Morrison.  The run is in a rocky creekbed with unrelenting gradient.  Though the rapids are continuous with few eddies, it offers a great introduction to creeking with relatively easy moves and tame consequences compared to solid class V runs, but has enough action to keep even the most seasoned class V creekboaters entertained.

Scout No Fun Falls from the obvious pull-out on river left half way up the run to help decide whether or not the run is to your liking.  Carnage on this run is frequent during brief intervals when it has sufficient flow.  The shuttle and river access are trivial, making multiple laps a breeze.

 

In the great flood on September 2013, Bear Creek spiked to levels estimated to be 1000-1500 cfs.  People ran it at 750 cfs and perhaps higher.  Although the flows induced swims from several good boaters, overall the the flow was still manageable, but recovery becomes difficult.  At flows above 400 cfs, the crux is getting through sticky holes at No Fun Falls, and a large hydraulic after the botton slide.  The high flows rearranged some rocks and brush, but the main features are still more or less the same.

Statistics

KSC
Class IV+ to V
Current Flow 33.5 CFS
10-23-2017 09:45


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Alternative Flow
([BEAR CREEK ABOVE BEAR CREEK LAKE NEAR MORRISON, CO])
0.0 CFS
10-23-2017 16:48
Recommended Flow Minimum: 150.0
Average: 400.0
Maximum: 800.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: June
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge BEAR CREEK AT MORRISON
Length 3.0 Mile(s)
Gradient FPM
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No Fun Falls

10-21-2013 - Nothing but Fun at 450 cfs

Photo By: Dave Frank

Subject: Spencer Mauk