At a flow of 1,000 cfs, the top four miles consist of non discript cobble bars with a surf wave now and then. Bedrock appears just before the portage/class 5. Then there are a couple of fun and very pretty class 3 gorges before things mellow to class 2 as you enter Happy Camp. (Nick Sinderson, 2011)
Other Information Sources:CaCreeks guide: Indian CreekHolbeck & StanleySCHWIND GUIDEBOOK
This rapid is reported to be class 5 or a portage. A bridge signals the approach to this rapid.
Looking for something new to do a buddy and I were drawn to this run by the glowing account on Ca. Creeks ( allow me to paraphrase. 'continuous 3+ with a 4- or two and a class 5 in the middle') at a flow just shy of 1,000 cfs we only saw the class 5 and what we presumed to be the 4- in the lower gorge. The rest to our mind was pretty easy class 3 at most. The top four miles consisted of non discript cobble bars with a surf wave now and then. Just before the portage/class 5 bedrock appears. with a couple of fun and very pretty class 3 gorges before things mellow to class 2 as you enter Happy Camp. we came away thinking the rating was more 2/3 instead of 3/4. And if your in Happy Camp looking for a class 2/3 run my buddy said get yourself over to the lower Clear Ck. run, as it's as good as it gets (Clear Ck. is just 7 miles from Happy Camp heading west on highway 96)
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