a man is kayaking down a waterfall.

Steep Creeking in Silverton, CO

South Mineral Creek

Steep creeking, Class V. This is a great run to do laps on for park-and-run fun. It is set in a steep, twisting gorge and is best run when Lime Creek is flowing. Combine it with a Lime day or run it on your way to Durango from points north.Just above Mineral Creek Campground, scout the 1/2 mile gorge. Be careful because the runnable section is bookended by class VI sections. Look for a 20' falls visible from a large clearing as you drive up the road. This lies about 1/3 of the way into the run. After this comes Shish-Ka-Bob, a large slide with a possible hidden log (hence the name) on the left and a big pool on the right.

Below lies the Cauldron which is usually clean, but always warrants a decent scout, followed by a a few hundred yards of boatable water before the Class VI begins.

The Cauldron
Top of the Cauldron, paddler Riley
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  • Directions

    • Drive approx. 2.5 miles up U.S. Highway 550 north of Silverton, CO to the Forest Service, South Mineral Rd. Go 5 miles to the Campgound (you'll pass another campground on the left before this one).
    • Continue above the campground to start your scout, 4x4 is recommended.