Ammonoosuc - 3. Bretton Woods to Twin Mountain


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3. Bretton Woods to Twin Mountain

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 75 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
AMMONOOSUC RIVER AT BETHLEHEM JUNCTION, NH
usgs-01137500 2.00 - 7.00 ft II-III 00h25m 1.22 ft (too low)


River Description

PaulKaski shared:
Jacquese, RPP-Carl, Bullyak, Chuck and I paddled the Ammo from the west end of Lower Falls Rd. to Pierce Bridge on 7-May-2011. We had to get Carl back to work so we pushed it and ran the total in about 3 hours. Level was about 3.4. I would consider this level to be low/medium. At this level, the river was majority class II. There are a couple harder class II areas that may be barely III. There is one drop, near a pull-out on the eastbound side of Rte. 302 about a mile from the Rte. 3/302 junction that is solid III and would probably be IV with more water. Very nice run. Great scenery, great water quality.


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Last Updated: 2011-05-10 20:19:13

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 26 2016 (725 days ago)
epicwally (158147)
Ran this on 4/10/16 at about 2.5 ft. We put in at the bridge near Fabyans, and took out at the
3/302 bridge. We ran into a lot of shallow sections at this level, especially early, in the run,
but the middle section was worth it. It starts mellow, then picks up to a class 1+/2 rapid before
hitting the falls, which are probably cl 4-5. We walked around them, using the Lower falls road,
then put in in the basin below the falls. The section that followed was a sustained 2-3 rock garden
for a while, before mellowing out again. After another shallow stretch, it picked back up into
another sustained 2-3 section, before mellowing out to some 1ish stuff coming down to rt. 3.
Advice: Put in at the eastern end of Lower Falls rd. From here it's a short walk to the falls where
you can either run the quick cl 2 above the falls, or continue past to the pool. Starting up at
Fabyans doesn't get you much that's worthwhile, at least not at these flows. Take out at the last
parking lot on the left side of 302, this will take you out before it mellows out, and avoids a
scramble up a steep embankment. In retrospect, this is similar to what the other report said to do,
but we were following the map, which is not particularly accurate. EDIT: Ran this again 7/23/16 at
2.3' on the gage, this time setting in below lower falls. I looked at the one good rapid that was
above lower falls, and it didn't look runnable at this level, or at least would have been extremely
bumpy. The level here was clearly lower than when I ran it in April. The first rapid right below
lower falls was very boney, only barely runnable. The flat water section following was still a lot
of pushing along the bottom, though surprisingly not noticably worse than at 2.6'. However the last
two rapids before the take out were definitely more class 3-4 than I recalled. Not overly pushy,
but a couple sizeable holes, tight lines, very few eddies, and shallow enough that flipping would
not be good, and swims would be painful. Not to mention many rocks that can catch you and flip you.
Not sure what changed between April and now, if I was just oblivious to the actual class of it
then, or if the level changing significantly changed the nature of the rapid. Given the location of
the gage, and this run was immediately following/during a significant rain storm, I'm wondering if
the level in this section was higher than the gage might have indicated? Or if the level was
accurate, if at higher levels some of the features/holes wash out? Either way, in the spring I was
a cl 2ish boater, and felt fine on the run, now I am a 3-4 boater and some of this run sketched me
out. Still a super fun run, but use caution taking this run at it's posted 2-3 rating.
May 10 2011 (2629 days ago)
PaulKaski (153073)
Jacquese, RPP-Carl, Bullyak, Chuck and I paddled the Ammo from the west end of Lower Falls Rd. to
Pierce Bridge on 7-May-2011. We had to get Carl back to work so we pushed it and ran the total in
about 3 hours. Level was about 3.4. I would consider this level to be low/medium. At this level,
the river was majority class II. There are a couple harder class II areas that may be barely III.
There is one drop, near a pull out on the east bound side of Rt302 about a mile from the Rt.3/302
junction that is solid III and would probably be IV with more water. Very nice run. Great scenery,
great water quality. ~~paulkaski~~


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