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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River - North Fork

Park Jefferson county, Bailey to Pine section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     10.5 miles
  If you're coming from Boulder it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The natural beauty of Park/Jefferson County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. If you have the time you can make this a two day
    trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The Bailey to Pine stretch
is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. The Bailey to Pine stretch of South Platte River - North Fork is 10.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Not too many hotels nearby,  
you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The wild scenery of the Front Range is great. The campgrounds here at South Platte River - North Fork are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Holmes Gulch is always fun, and the cheerful people of Pine like to hang out close by. And that's not all the things to do here in the Front Range. Take a hike on the Pine Ridge Trail; a trip to Pike National Forest revives the soul. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Hiking along the Rolling Creek Trail is nice fun.

South Platte River - North Fork, Bailey to Pine road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near South Platte River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near South Platte River - North Fork:
South Platte River - North Fork, Park/Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10.5 miles long (Bailey to Pine)
South Platte River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Buffalo Creek to South Platte)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
Bear Creek, Jefferson County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Idledale to Morrison)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5.5 miles long (Green Bay Rock)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips, Jefferson County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
South Platte River, Park County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.3 miles long (Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River - North Fork:
Eldora, Colorado , 31 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 36 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 37 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 45 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 49 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 62 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 68 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near South Platte River - North Fork:
Highland Haven Creekside Inn, Evergreen , 14 miles away
The Historic Brook Forest Inn, Evergreen , 14 miles away
Comfort Suites Golden West On Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen , 17 miles away
Miners Pick Bed And Breakfast, Idaho Springs , 20 miles away
Cliff House Lodge Bed And Breakfast, Morrison , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River - North Fork:
Green Mountain, Buffalo Creek, 5 miles away
Green Mt, Buffalo Creek, 6 miles away
Buffalo, Buffalo Creek, 6 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River - North Fork:
Pine Ridge Trail, Park , 6 miles away
Rolling Creek Trail, Park , 6 miles away
Payne Creek Trail, Park , 7 miles away
Hooper Trail, Park , 9 miles away
Brookside-McCurdy Trail, Park , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River - North Fork:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 29 miles away
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 52 miles away
Pike National Forest, Colorado , 12 miles away
Roxborough State Park, Colorado , 23 miles away
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area, Colorado , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River - North Fork:
Eagle Indoor Golf, Bailey , 5 miles away
Evergreen Golf Course, Evergreen , 13 miles away
Hiwan Golf Club, Evergreen , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River - North Fork
Wellington Lake, Jefferson , 6 miles away
Cheesman Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away
Tarryall Reservoir, Park , 17 miles away

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