Coffee Creek - Coffee Creek Road to Trinity River

Coffee Creek, California, US


Coffee Creek Road to Trinity River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 120 fpm

River Description

See the description in Bill Tuthill's excellent California Creekin. Bill says, "To my knowledge this is the only runnable nine mile rapid in California." He cautions that it's not a classic run, because it's not exactly a wilderness run. Check out his site, and the pictures therein, and you'll see that it's well worth doing.
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Last Updated: 2002-04-29 14:12:41

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 3 2009 (3477 days ago)
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While following the Stanley Holebek book to put in he states; drive 8-10 miles along the river to
the north for confluence. The actual mileage is closer to the 8 or a little less but we kept going
up the road to the second confluence at about 10.5 miles. Flows were low on the gauge of 308 (but
still in the green) for coffee creek so we probably had about 1/2 this for the upper section. Being
the least experienced in the group I got beat on the class IV+ V upper section and swam 3 times and
flipped and took hard hits more than that. The others in the group had a good time but wanted more
flows to clean up the mank. The main hazards are shifting portages dues to log jams and there are
also some sieves. If there were no wood the would section would go. I was so beat from the top part
I portaged the last 1/2 mile down the first bridge and normal class IV confluence. The main reason
I am writing this is because of the landowner issues. About 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile in there is a big
red house up on the right bank. The rapid is wood choked up top and hard to see so I got out on the
left and Brendan got out on the right. On the Left I immediately noticed hundreds of broken skeet
discs from the land owner shotgun shooting across the river. The dogs up at the house were barking
and the land lady came out and looked down at us. All you have to do is glance at the rapid and see
the line but in the 2 min it took me to get back in my boat the land lady came running down to the
river with her 4 dogs barking and growling and a pistol on her side. She immediately started
yelling at us that we were trespassing and it was illegal for us to be there. I did not hear the
conversation as I went down river but what I got from the story later was Brendan apologized and
said were leaving and tried to calm the situation with some success. Adam paddled up and nicely
explained the high water mark and nagavibility laws and this set her off again and her last comment
after yelling at them some more was to watch out for getting shot at down river. Nobody shot at us
but Atom said the rootball/beaver dam looking strainer on the right bank was made up of clean
chopped pieces of wood and he felt they may have been placed there by the land owner to block the
river. We ran down stream in the center right channel where the current would wash away all but the
stoutest logs the land owner may have thrown in the river. The morals of the story are, beware of
the landowner, beware of possible landowner made strainers, ass kissing worked better than logic
and the law to calm her down, and scout fast as no matter how quiet you think you are the dogs will
hear you. Steven Vaniman
February 20 2009 (3580 days ago)
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