Skeletor's Gorge


Skeletors Gorge Very low water shot of the warm-up below the crux I named this one after a sun-bleached skeleton of a moose or a bear, or something big, I dislodged out of a logjam in the crux prior to my run. This is a pretty hairy and committing run through a steep and narrow stretch of canyon, 200' below the road, portaging is difficult and eddies are rare to nonexistant. If you want to try it, It is absolutely essential that you walk up the whole 1.4 miles with saws and clean everything out first. Bring your arm guards if you have-em, I nearly broke my fore-arm on this one. It is class IV to V at low flows and suicidal when the water is high. The quarter-mile crux drops about 1,000 fpm. If Mr. Skeletor didn't make it out alive, do you think you would?? I did, and discovered three or four 20 to 50 foot long bedrock slides below the put-in, a half mile of ultra low water read and run steep boulder gardens, sharp turns, and congested chutes(after flossing, as of 5/07/09 all free of wood hindering progress down river). But at the core of the crux is a 30'+ cascade which is not fun at minimum flow, and otherwise suicidal. It is approx. found at: 31.213' n. and 36.539' w. It (HAD) a small eddy about a hundred feet above it, at 30 cfs (visual.) The last half mile the gradient decreases, but is a woodfest till Balls to the wall, a steep and very narrow stretch, two hundred feet long with a cliff running along one side and some very pushy currents at higher flows. Take out right after that. The creek continues to be even more of a bonified woodfest for abt the next 1.2 miles until Pulverizer which is described in the run description for the Upper North Fork.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the North Fork American Fork are between a bare minimum of 50cfs and a high of 200cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 10164500, the American Fk Ab Upper Powerplant Nr American Fk Remember only watercraft are permitted at Skeletor's Gorge.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Silver Creek Near Silver Creek Junction
USGS 10129900
6 cfs 4.1 ft
Fish Creek Above Reservoir
USGS 09310500
198 cfs 2.9 ft
Ogden River Nr Gibson Avenue At Ogden
USGS 10140700
76 cfs 5.7 ft
Weber River At Echo
USGS 10132000
152 cfs 2.2 ft
Lost Creek Near Croyden
USGS 10132500
5 cfs 1.1 ft
Summit Creek Abv Summit Cr Canal Nr Santaquin Ut
USGS 10147100
23 cfs 1.4 ft
Mud Creek Bl Winter Quarters Canyon At Scofield
USGS 09310700
64 cfs 2.9 ft
Currant Creek Near Mona
USGS 10146400
3 cfs 4.0 ft
Weber River Near Wanship
USGS 10129500
205 cfs 2.2 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
99 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
44" -5"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
26" -7"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
40.55" -3.55"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Redman 40 8,318 ft
Utah Lake State Park 71 4,491 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Albion Basin 18 9,444 ft
Little Mill 36 6,035 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Wasatch Mountain State Park 139 5,999 ft
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Spruces 105 7,363 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Timpooneke 27 7,546 ft
Granite Flat 52 6,756 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Warnick 6 6,260 ft
Tanners Flat 34 7,208 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Park City Mountain Resort 40" 63° 2.25"
Deer Valley Resort 40" 63° 2.25"
DC Shoes Mountain Lab 24" 66° 1.97"
Alta Ski Area 66" 68° 1.65"
Sundance 8" 72° 2.03"
Canyons 40" 63° 2.25"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 66" 68° 1.65"
Solitude Mountain Resort 24" 66° 1.97"
Snowbasin 0" 77° 0.89"
Brighton Ski Resort 40" 63° 2.25"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Spanish Fork 148.0cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 92.3cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Scrambled Eggs Bend 308.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV
Henefer to Taggert 0.77cfs 7.0 Mi II- to III
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.77cfs 10.0 Mi III
South Fork Confluence to Below the Narrows 76.1cfs 3.7 Mi II to II+
Bridal Veil (BV) 1740.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Round Valley 0.77cfs 5.5 Mi II
Morgan Waterfall 0.77cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Skeletor's Gorge 11.7cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 239.0cfs 25.0 Mi II+