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
Mud Creek Bl Winter Quarters Canyon At Scofield
USGS 09310700
31 cfs 2.8 ft
Ogden River Nr Gibson Avenue At Ogden
USGS 10140700
19 cfs 4.7 ft
East Canyon Creek Ab East Cyn Res Nr Morgan
USGS 10133980
23 cfs 3.9 ft
Weber River At Echo
USGS 10132000
1 cfs 1.0 ft
East Canyon Creek Near Morgan
USGS 10134500
5 cfs 0.1 ft
Fish Creek Above Reservoir
USGS 09310500
4 cfs 1.3 ft
West Canyon Creek Near Cedar Fort
USGS 10166430
0 cfs 2.2 ft
Currant Creek Near Mona
USGS 10146400
2 cfs 3.9 ft
South Fork Ogden River Near Huntsville
USGS 10137500
28 cfs 1.3 ft
Silver Creek Near Silver Creek Junction
USGS 10129900
5 cfs 4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
2" -1"
Bug Lake
SNOTEL 374
4" 2"
Mammoth-Cottonwood
SNOTEL 612
2" 0"
Tony Grove Lake
SNOTEL 823
9" 1"
Gbrc Meadows
SNOTEL 1222
8" 0"
Chalk Creek #1
SNOTEL 392
8" 1"
White River #1
SNOTEL 864
2" 2"
Clear Creek #2
SNOTEL 400
2" 0"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
4.77" -1.28"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
1" -1"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
2" 2"
Dill'S Camp
SNOTEL 444
1" 0"
Red Pine Ridge
SNOTEL 714
2" 1"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
10" 0"
Beaver Dams
SNOTEL 329
2" 2"
Redden Mine Lwr
SNOTEL 1225
1" -1"
Smith And Morehouse
SNOTEL 763
4" 1"
Farmington
SNOTEL 474
9" 0"
Cascade Mountain
SNOTEL 1039
2" 2"
Chalk Creek #2
SNOTEL 393
2" -1"
Dry Fork
SNOTEL 906
1" 1"
Payson R.S.
SNOTEL 686
1" 1"
Rocky Basin-Settleme
SNOTEL 723
2" 0"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
10" -1"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
9" -1"
Garden City Summit
SNOTEL 1114
3" 3"
Strawberry Divide
SNOTEL 795
1" 1"
Brighton
SNOTEL 366
4" 0"
Dry Bread Pond
SNOTEL 455
5" 1"
Parley'S Summit
SNOTEL 684
2" 1"
Beaver Divide
SNOTEL 330
4" 1"
Mt Baldy
SNOTEL 1224
10" 0"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
4" 0"
Ben Lomond Trail
SNOTEL 333
1" 1"
Currant Creek
SNOTEL 432
1" 1"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
20" 3"
Daniels-Strawberry
SNOTEL 435
1" 1"
Horse Ridge
SNOTEL 533
1" 0"
Kilfoil Creek
SNOTEL 1145
2" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Utah Lake State Park 71 4,491 ft
Albion Basin 18 9,444 ft
Spruces 105 7,363 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Wasatch Mountain State Park 139 5,999 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Granite Flat 52 6,756 ft
Little Mill 36 6,035 ft
Redman 40 8,318 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Tanners Flat 34 7,208 ft
Timpooneke 27 7,546 ft
Warnick 6 6,260 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Brighton Ski Resort 12" 37° 0"
Park City Mountain Resort 12" 37° 0"
Snowbasin 1" 49° 0"
Canyons 12" 37° 0"
Sundance -3" 45° 0"
Solitude Mountain Resort 1" 42° 0"
Alta Ski Area 20" 44° 0"
DC Shoes Mountain Lab 1" 42° 0"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 20" 44° 0"
Deer Valley Resort 12" 37° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.53cfs 10.0 Mi III
Skeletor's Gorge 9.42cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Henefer to Taggert 0.53cfs 7.0 Mi II- to III
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 68.3cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
South Fork Confluence to Below the Narrows 10.8cfs 3.7 Mi II to II+
Spanish Fork 68.7cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Round Valley 0.53cfs 5.5 Mi II
Bridal Veil (BV) 123.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Scrambled Eggs Bend 49.7cfs 4.0 Mi IV
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 71.8cfs 25.0 Mi II+
Morgan Waterfall 0.53cfs 0.1 Mi III+