Trinity, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||46 fpm|
|TRINITY R NR BURNT RANCH CA|
|usgs-11527000||500 - 2000 cfs||IV-V||00h40m||5380 cfs (too high)|
Burnt Ranch is a beautiful and challenging run. Continuous class IV-V pool-drop rapids.
Photo: Final Drop in Middle Burnt Ranch Falls -
See also Cassady & Calhoun; Holbek & Stanley; Schwind, Penny.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.7||Upper Burnt Ranch Falls||V|
|3.0||Middle Burnt Ranch Falls||V|
|3.1||Lower Burnt Ranch Falls||V|
Read and run class IV-
Significant Drop into Box Canyon
The name says it all, big bolders everywhere.
A long rapid leading to a final chute on the left or a narrow waterfall in the center.
Many options depending on flow and the size of your boat.
Rocky at lower Flows, many portage this rapid. Consider running only the final drop from the eddy on river left - it's a doozy.
Class V in many guides
From Cassady and Calhoun - California Whitewater: "Rafts that get caught in the turbulent holes at the bottom of this rapid could be folded like Japanese paper."
The left side opens up somwhere above 1000 cfs. Some call it class V
Could also be called "Tight Squeeze". Possible portage on the left at higher flows.
A tree trunk sits underwater at the entrance to the main drop. It doesn't seem to pose a problem if you are in your boat and upright.