East Kiewa - Rocky Valley Branch

Spion Kopje Track to Little Arthur Fire Track

Steep Creek Advanced Winter Spring CLASS IV CLASS V


North east. Mt Beauty, 10 km towards falls Creek

Contributed by Tim Wallace


Class: IV - V(p)

Season: Winter - Spring

Gradient: 115m per km

Time: 4 - 5 hours

Length: 1.3 km

Level: Low to medium

Shuttle: Walk or same as lower section of Rocky Valley

Character: Very steep, very technical, and bouldery with some bigger drops

Suits: Creek boats

Don't be deceived by the length - this run is exceptionally steep and much of it requires continuous bank scouting. It has something for everyone; steep boulder gardens, must make move class five, one huge waterfall and everything in between. The rapids at the put in set the scene for the next few hours and there is very little let up. There are a number of class V rapids, including one huge showstopper, which depending on the level will be paddlable or just plain ugly, and you finish with a bang at the two drops upstream of the regular Rocky Valley run.

Putting In: From Bogong Village, drive up the Kiewa Valley hwy towards falls creek. Approximately 4km along the road you'll come to a point where two tracks leave the road on the left. The top one is the Spion Kopje Track and it is about a 2km walk to the put in.

Taking Out: Either get out at the obvious Ford [little Arthur fire track] and walk back up to the car [1km] or paddle the lower section down to lake Guy and do a shuttle.

Map: Bogong Alpine Area 1:50000

Camping: There is fantastic camping at the West Kiewa diversion dam [see west Kiewa entry for details]

Entry Date: 14 October 2003


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