Meadow Run, Pennsylvania, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||72 fpm|
|Max Gradient||140 fpm|
|BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV|
|usgs-03070500||6.50 - 9.00 ft||IV-V(V+)||00h40m||4.7 ft (too low)|
For a helmet-cam video of some of the drops including the last slide, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeczvJ6dLSo
George Mower, CCA Cruiser; Ed Gertler.
Takeout is the bridge just above the Lower Yough, at Entrance Rapid. Those who wish, can continue on a high-water run of the Lower Yough and take out at the Loop or Bruner Run.
Putin: there are putins downstream of Rte. 381, which eliminate some distance of flatwaterish stuff.
This is a narrow, tight stream. There are pinning rocks all over the place. One of the most
characteristic rapids is the Cacades, which is a boney slide culminating in a 6-foot ledge.
After the Cascades, there's a lot of boulder-bumping. Another good drop is Seven Foot Falls (shown below), which requires a committed boof.
The last major rapid is the Slide (photo above). This narrow, shallow monster is a portage for many who value their skin and their teeth. Scout this puppy before running the stream! You don't want to miss the last-chance eddy and blunder into it. A small red flag on a river-left tree currently marks the last-chance eddy.
Other related or nearby streams:
Middle Yough (Class II)
Casselman (Class I-III)
Lower Yough (Class III)
Ohiopyle Falls (Class IV, almost always illegal)
Upper Yough (Class IV-V)
Top Yough (Class IV-V)