Scott Yoder puts on to swift moving water.
first four miles breeze by without any significant rapids. Eventually
power lines high overhead mark the start of the hard section, two class
IV rapids. Some guides group them together, but there is a significant
pool between the two rapids. They have been creativly named
"Powerline". I'd suggest calling the first one "High Tension" and the
second "Powerline" but naming rapids isn't my business. It's possible
to portage either, but certainly no sidewalk as it's up and over large
Justin Wood runs the second rapid of Powerline with the first in the background.
Scott Yoder getting a nice boof that can be surprisingly tricky to get.
Downstream views show what a special place the Antelope Creek canyon can be. Scott Yoder.
We floated many miles to take a lunch break just below Facht Place.
Really great views, the canyons continue much longer into the run than you'd expect.
Most of the whitewater is nondescript class II wave trains with most
paddling done to avoid willows and the occasional rock. There are a few
blind class III lower down, prone to catching wood and making them
it only flows in the early, wet season, Antelope Creek will never have
the draw of Mill and Deer which have water into the warm late spring
months. As a 22 mile run, it's a long day trip, yet typically if the
water is high enough for it to be in, there is rain, resulting in less
than ideal multi-day conditions. Still it's a beautiful run, and with a
4x4 and some creative drive there are alternate put in locations to
adjust the runs length. It's been compared to the North Fork Smith.
Personally I'd give Antelope Creek the nod for scenery (I prefer tight,
intimate canyons) while any day of the week the North Fork Smith has
much better whitewater. It's a bit of an odd run in that class II-III
paddlers will probably find it daunting to lead a 22 mile day with many
blind rapids, while a IV-V paddler might find it tedious. Thankfully
the scenery makes up for that.
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