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West Glacier, MT

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Bear Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Bitterroot River

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Bear Creek Info
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Put In:  Two Miles Above Trailhead
Take Out:  Trailhead
Difficulty:  Class V , Portage One mandatory
Gradient:  340 fpm
Run Length:  2 miles
Good Level:  100-400 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

Calculate 7% of the Bitterroot at Darby. 

Season Comments:  May, June, July
Primary Season: 
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the take-out from Victor:

1. Head north on Martin St toward 5th Ave
56 ft
2. Take the 1st right onto 5th Ave
0.2 mi
3. Turn right at US-93 S
3.2 mi
4. Turn right at Bear Creek Rd
2.3 mi
5. Turn right at Red Crow Rd
0.8 mi
6. Turn left at A/Red Crow Rd
0.3 mi
7. Continue onto Bear Creek Rd/Bear Creek Trail

Follow the signs to the trailhead. 

To get to the put-in:

Hike up the trail for about two miles.  When the trail starts to leave the river, bushwack down to the river and put in above a long, low-angle slide. 


Bear Creek on the Bitterroot River

After the slide, there are some boulder rapids followed by some smaller slides.  Tijuana Crack Whore is a tricky slide that can end with a crack on the elbows.  More rapids lead into Brave Bear Falls an intimidating slide/ledge combo drop.  Another half mile of boulder gardens continue to the take-out above a log jam.  Scout thoroughly on the hike up for wood. 

Last Edited by josho on 5/23/2011

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