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
Sixth Water Cr Ab Syar Tunnel
USGS 10149000
24 cfs 4.2 ft
Provo River Near Hailstone
USGS 10155000
140 cfs 6.4 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
3 cfs 0.2 ft
White River Bl Tabbyune C Near Soldier Summit
USGS 09312600
5 cfs 2.0 ft
Summit Creek Abv Summit Cr Canal Nr Santaquin Ut
USGS 10147100
8 cfs 1.2 ft
Fairview Tunnel Near Fairview
USGS 09309600
0 cfs 1.6 ft
Ogden River Nr Gibson Avenue At Ogden
USGS 10140700
24 cfs 4.8 ft
Snake Creek Near Charleston
USGS 10156000
29 cfs 2.4 ft
Provo River At Provo
USGS 10163000
25 cfs 3.8 ft
Weber River Near Coalville
USGS 10130500
42 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Clear Creek #2
SNOTEL 400
15" -1"
Dill'S Camp
SNOTEL 444
13" -2"
Brighton
SNOTEL 366
30" -2"
Dry Bread Pond
SNOTEL 455
25" -2"
Gbrc Meadows
SNOTEL 1222
38" -1"
Chalk Creek #2
SNOTEL 393
33" -1"
Redden Mine Lwr
SNOTEL 1225
18" -3"
Upper Joes Valley
SNOTEL 1227
6" -2"
Rees Flat
SNOTEL 1217
13" -1"
Bug Lake
SNOTEL 374
30" -2"
Ben Lomond Trail
SNOTEL 333
12" -2"
Horse Ridge
SNOTEL 533
24" -1"
Hardscrabble
SNOTEL 896
27" -1"
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
56" -1"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
56" -2"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
60" -2"
Clear Creek #1
SNOTEL 399
20" -154"
Mt Baldy
SNOTEL 1224
42" -1"
Louis Meadow
SNOTEL 972
19" -3"
Thistle Flat
SNOTEL 1226
18" -2"
Red Pine Ridge
SNOTEL 714
19" -3"
Daniels-Strawberry
SNOTEL 435
9" -3"
Smith And Morehouse
SNOTEL 763
18" -2"
Kilfoil Creek
SNOTEL 1145
16" -3"
Parrish Creek
SNOTEL 971
36" -1"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
64" -1"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
23" -2"
Tony Grove Lake
SNOTEL 823
49" -2"
Farmington
SNOTEL 474
60" -2"
Temple Fork
SNOTEL 1013
22" -2"
Seeley Creek
SNOTEL 742
22" -3"
White River #1
SNOTEL 864
8" -2"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
44" 0"
Beaver Dams
SNOTEL 329
7" -2"
Usu Doc Daniel
SNOTEL 1098
56" 0"
Chalk Creek #1
SNOTEL 392
40" -1"
Huntington Horse
SNOTEL 1216
35" -1"
Parley'S Summit
SNOTEL 684
25" -3"
Thaynes Canyon
SNOTEL 814
43" -2"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
61" -2"
Payson R.S.
SNOTEL 686
12" -3"
Gbrc Hq
SNOTEL 1221
14" -3"
Klondike Narrows
SNOTEL 1115
24" -3"
Hobble Creek
SNOTEL 1223
6" -1"
Garden City Summit
SNOTEL 1114
26" -1"
Lightning Ridge
SNOTEL 1056
23" -3"
Strawberry Divide
SNOTEL 795
17" -2"
Cascade Mountain
SNOTEL 1039
24" -2"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
43" -2"
Beaver Divide
SNOTEL 330
13" -2"
Rocky Basin-Settleme
SNOTEL 723
34" -1"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
41" -2"
Dry Fork
SNOTEL 906
24" -2"
Mammoth-Cottonwood
SNOTEL 612
24" -2"
Wrigley Creek
SNOTEL 1228
12" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Timpooneke 27 7,546 ft
Tanners Flat 34 7,208 ft
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Warnick 6 6,260 ft
Redman 40 8,318 ft
Wasatch Mountain State Park 139 5,999 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Spruces 105 7,363 ft
Little Mill 36 6,035 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Granite Flat 52 6,756 ft
Utah Lake State Park 71 4,491 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Albion Basin 18 9,444 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Alta Ski Area 64" 39° 7.94"
Canyons 43" 35° 9.07"
Brighton Ski Resort 43" 35° 9.07"
Snowbasin 12" 48° 9.71"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 64" 39° 7.94"
Sundance 37" 43° 0.83"
Solitude Mountain Resort 43" 36° 9.78"
Park City Mountain Resort 43" 35° 9.07"
DC Shoes Mountain Lab 43" 36° 9.78"
Deer Valley Resort 43" 35° 9.07"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Henefer to Taggert 0.79cfs 7.0 Mi II- to III
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 120.0cfs 25.0 Mi II+
Spanish Fork 72.0cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 25.2cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Scrambled Eggs Bend 71.2cfs 4.0 Mi IV
South Fork Confluence to Below the Narrows 25.9cfs 3.7 Mi II to II+
Round Valley 0.79cfs 5.5 Mi II
Bridal Veil (BV) 140.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Skeletor's Gorge 12.4cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Morgan Waterfall 0.79cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.79cfs 10.0 Mi III