Mokelumne, N. Fork - 1) Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir


Mokelumne, N. Fork, California, US

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1) Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir (Fantasy Falls)

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)
Length 24.9 Miles

Fantasy Falls slide


Fantasy Falls slide
Photo of Darin McQuoid by Kevin Smith @ perfect

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
No. Mokelumne Salt Springs Inflow
dream-111 600 - 800 cfs V+ 43h14m 4400 cfs (too high)


River Description

Fantasy Falls begins with several miles of ass-jamming, rock-dodging, piton-riddled action that eventually gives way to one of California's most treasured gems. Somewhere around the sixth mile the muckle subsides and leads into 18-19 more miles of narrow, multi-rapid canyons, open domes and fast-paced high sierra action.

See also: A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
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Last Updated: 2008-08-23 13:19:49

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 11 2007 (3573 days ago)
Darin McQuoidDetails
The whole run is superb when run at good flows. Too little and the first mile or two get bad...
August 25 2004 (4593 days ago)
Jeremy LaucksDetails
Bring your walking shoes and your "A Game"-- you'll need both. Expect to do lots of
scouting and portaging, especially if you don't have someone along who has done the run before. We
ended up portaging several of the gorges in thier entirety. Just when the portaging has worn you
down mentally and physically and you don't think you can take any more of it, the river because
continuous class 3-4, and progressively gets steeper until it falls off Fantasy Falls (~35-40ft
high angle and a 22ft vertical) From here, it's about a half days paddle out. Expect the trip to
take 3 comfortable days, if you get an early start on Day 1 - Keep in mind the shuttle is really
long (85 mi one way)


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