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Whitewater River Run

Colorado Crystal River

Avalanche Down

Class III Difficulty


Too Low
69°, Breezy. Sunny Then Patchy Blowing Dust

The Avalanche Down River Run on the Crystal River in Colorado is a thrilling Class IV-V run with challenging rapids and obstacles such as drops, boulder gardens, and steep chutes. The best time to tackle this run is in late spring or early summer when water levels are at their highest, with recommended flows between 500-1000 cfs. This is not a run for beginners or intermediate paddlers, as it requires advanced kayaking or rafting skills and experience. The narrow and technical nature of the river demands precise navigation, making it an exhilarating challenge for experienced thrill-seekers.

Weather today, Patchy blowing dust after 1pm. Sunny, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Status Too Low
Class Level III
Elevation 6,920 ft
Run Length 12.0 Mi
Gradient 54 FPM
Streamflow Discharge 79.6 cfs
Gauge Height 0.9 ft
Reporting Streamgage Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600

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