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Difficulty I-V
Length 28 Miles
Flow Range 100 - 400 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/29/2011 2:38 pm

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 manages the campground and recreation facilities at Pyramid Lake

Rapid Descriptions

Gold Hill Road

Class - N/A Mile - 15
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Access Gold Hill Road from I-5 at the Gorman exit.  Travel through the Hungry Valley OHV area.  


Class - N/A Mile - 20
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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
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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
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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.


Gage Descriptions

This gauge is near the end of the run above Pyramid Lake.    The recommended levels are from Charles Foster's suggestions.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Congress to Take Up Wild and Scenic River Bills Covering Over 1000 River Miles

Thomas O'Keefe

This week, the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on bills that would designate over 1000 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers. American Whitewater has brought the voice of the whitewater paddling community to the discussions that led to these legislative proposals with a goal of protecting rivers and the whitewater paddling experience.


Paul Martzen


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