Piru Creek - 1) Upper

Piru Creek, California, US


1) Upper

Usual Difficulty I-V (for normal flows)
Length 28 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
cdec-PIR 100 - 400 cfs I-V 02h30m 117 cfs (running)

River Description

This wilderness run is typically available for short periods after large winter rain storms.  

Other Information Sources:
Somewhere Out There, by Charles Foster   Descriptions by 1st descent party.
Video by DiscosVideos  at youtube.
Video by Aquaaevum at Youtube.
Los Padres National Forest
Forest Service Road Map
34580 Lockwood Valley
Frazier Park, CA 93225
VOICE: (661) 245-3731
CampOne.com manages the campground and recreation facilities at Pyramid Lake

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-04-29 14:38:36


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
15.0Gold Hill RoadN/AAccess
24.0Buck Creek RoadN/AAccess
26.0Hard Luck GorgeIIIHazard

Rapid Descriptions

Gold Hill Road (Class N/A, Mile 15.0)

Access Gold Hill Road from I-5 at the Gorman exit.  Travel through the Hungry Valley OHV area.  

Road (Class N/A, Mile 20.0)

A dirt road or trail comes down the Smith Fork to Piru Creek from Hungry Valley OHV area.  It is not clear if this road is open during the winter or spring when the creek could be runnable. 

Buck Creek Road (Class N/A, Mile 24.0)

It is not clear if this road is open during the winter or spring when the creek can be runnable. 

Hard Luck Gorge (Class III, Mile 26.0)

The creek bends left from south east to north east and enters a spectacular gorge.    The rapids in the gorge are generally class 3. 

The Piru Creek gauge at the beginning of the gorge presents a serious hazard.  The gauge structure is on river left, but a low head dam spans the river.  This weir is reported to have very sharp metal edges on the top which could damage a boat.  Scout river right.

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