Cherry Creek

The Definition of Class V

  • Length: 8 miles
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Difficulty: Class V
  • Best Rapid: Mushroom
  • Rec. Level: 1,200 - 2,000 cfs
  • Put-in: Below Holm Powerhouse
  • Take-out: Meral's Pool
  • Season: June - September

Louis' Leap on Cherry Creek with All OutdoorsIf you’re looking for a truly remarkable river trip that combines the highest level of challenge with supreme beauty, Cherry Creek is your answer. With an extreme gradient of 105 feet per mile and gigantic granite boulders, Cherry Creek’s whitewater is without equal. It may be the most challenging commercial whitewater run in the United States.

Cherry Creek has an astounding 12 Class V rapids punctuated by many Class IV drops—this is truly high adventure! Rapids like Jawbone, Mushroom, and Toadstool are legendary in whitewater circles—and that’s before the Miracle Mile starts its 200 foot drop! Teamwork and expert guiding skills are required for successful navigation of these rapids, and strong swimming skills and a taste for challenge are necessary prerequisites for all Cherry Creek paddlers.

One of the really special aspects of a day on Cherry Creek is that it offers more than a day of extreme whitewater. The canyon is strikingly beautiful and the level of teamwork creates a unique environment for both group unity and personal experience. The small number of commercial outfitters on this spectacular stretch of river add to the intimacy and camaraderie of a day on “the creek.”  

To book your trip on Cherry Creek call All-Outdoors Rafting at 800.24.RAFTS!