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
East Canyon Creek Bl I-80 Rest Stop Nr Park City
USGS 10133650
7 cfs 5.3 ft
Weber River At I-84 At Uintah
USGS 10136600
202 cfs 5.4 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
16 cfs 0.5 ft
South Fork Ogden River Near Huntsville
USGS 10137500
49 cfs 1.5 ft
Red Butte Creek At Fort Douglas
USGS 10172200
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Provo River Near Hailstone
USGS 10155000
77 cfs 6.2 ft
Weber River At Ogden
USGS 10137000
164 cfs 3.9 ft
Weber River Near Oakley
USGS 10128500
84 cfs 5.4 ft
Weber River Near Wanship
USGS 10129500
113 cfs 2.1 ft
Salt Creek At Nephi
USGS 10146000
5 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Red Pine Ridge
1" 1"
Cascade Mountain
1" 0"
Beaver Dams
1" 0"
1" 1"
Mt Baldy
2" 1"
Dry Fork
1" 0"
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Redman 40 8,318 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Albion Basin 18 9,444 ft
Wasatch Mountain State Park 139 5,999 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Timpooneke 27 7,546 ft
Tanners Flat 34 7,208 ft
Warnick 6 6,260 ft
Granite Flat 52 6,756 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Little Mill 36 6,035 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Utah Lake State Park 71 4,491 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Spruces 105 7,363 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Brighton Ski Resort 0" 71° 0"
Snowbasin 0" 87° 0"
DC Shoes Mountain Lab 0" 72° 0"
Sundance -4" 77° 0"
Alta Ski Area 1" 74° 0"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 1" 74° 0"
Canyons 0" 71° 0"
Solitude Mountain Resort 0" 72° 0"
Park City Mountain Resort 0" 71° 0"
Deer Valley Resort 0" 71° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Morgan Waterfall 164.0cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Skeletor's Gorge 14.6cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Round Valley 164.0cfs 5.5 Mi II
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 46.6cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 164.0cfs 10.0 Mi III
South Fork Confluence to Below the Narrows 8.53cfs 3.7 Mi II to II+
Bridal Veil (BV) 76.5cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Spanish Fork 74.9cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Henefer to Taggert 164.0cfs 7.0 Mi II- to III
Scrambled Eggs Bend 270.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 64.7cfs 25.0 Mi II+