Information on Rock Creek
Rating: II-III *
Location: From I-40 take Hwy 215 (the Mulberry exit) north approx.
3.5 miles and turn left (west) just before you cross over
Mill Cr. Stay on the main road always going west until you
reach the four-way at Piney. Turn left (west) and go about
a mile until the road T's. Take a right and go another mile
until you come to a bridge. This is the put-in. To get to
the take-out, go back to the T in the road and continue
straight (south) at the T. Follow this road until you reach
another intersection. Hang a right and go about one mile to
Topo Quad(s): Mountainburg SE
Gradient: 75 fpm
Length: 2.75 mi.
Gauge: The Mulberry should be flooded (7+ ft on the gauge). This
creek requires some serious rainfall to come up.
Hazards: strainers, undercuts
Description: First descent on this creek was on 2/21/97, just before
a run on Little Mill Cr. to the east. The group was made
up of ten boaters: Steve Robertson, Landon Colwell, Alex
Woolworth, Zen Boulden, Richard Haley, Kent Peetz,
Josh Webster, Eddie Cross, and a guy named Tim. The first 1/4
mile of the creek is clogged with strainers, but there is a
good trail on river right to get around the trees. But the
next mile is well worth the trouble, dropping 100 ft. in
a nice gorge. Class II to III rapids are encountered with
no pools to slow things down. Many strainers and some
undercuts may also be encountered so be sure to stay on your
toes. The very continuous nature of the run makes the
hazards much more dangerous than they would be elsewhere.
This creek lies somewhere between the Salt Fork and Spirits
Cr. in overall difficulty and excitement. It's a good training
ground for would be steep creekers who have the skills to
handle the pushy, narrow rapids. If you don't then consider
Hurricane Cr. or the Salt Fork which are only a few minutes
drive to the east. Thanks go to Steve Robertson for
information on this run.
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