Kevin Williams 2003-04-07 12:41:20
Wonderful little creek that runs into Wills above Railroad Cut Falls. Starts out with perhaps the most picturesque drop IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve run- a class IV 10Ã¯Â¿Â½, two step fall under a covered bridge! A few distinct class III drops and consistent class II boogie water in-between. Gorgeous scenery and pretty much natural surroundings. I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have a good gauge reading to go from but if you put-in (above or below the covered bridge) the class II busy water right below should be easily runnable or else youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll end up with a shallow run. Wills was around 5.5 the last time I ran Brush. The two times IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve run this creek IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve combined it with a run down Wills although you could take-out above Railroad Cut Falls. Careful not to drift into the falls (class V), eddies run out before you think they do. Look for an S turn (left) in the creek with reddish rocks on the right and a rocky beach on the left. Scout from the railroad- portage left and walk down until you have a good embankment. Apparently this one is full of rebar and nasty sharp things. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve run it at 5.5 down the right and across the nasty hole on the third ledge and seen it run all the way down the left with varying degrees of success.
There is a tree across the stream about 1/3 way down the stream, its a little tough to see from upstream, but at the low level we paddled Brush, it was easy to eddy out before. We were able to get under it, but with more water you'd have to carry on the left. At high water the left channel would probably have enough water to paddle down and avoid the tree.
A little video of the run
There were 3 strainers we had to portage around, but overall it was a beautiful run with a really fun rapid in the middle.
As of June 2014, there were 3 strainers we portaged, and one that was dicey. River was running bankfull (Wills was at 2500ish and dropping), so two of the strainers could probably be ducked at lower flows. They were all obvious from above.
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