Cheat - 2. (Canyon) Albright to Jenkinsburg Bridge


Cheat, West Virginia, US

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2. (Canyon) Albright to Jenkinsburg Bridge (Canyon)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 9.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Big Nasty at "Beast Level"


Big Nasty at "Beast Level"
Photo by Kurt Williams via Laurel Highland Outfitter's Photographer taken 05/22/04 @ 6000 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHEAT RIVER AT ALBRIGHT, WV
usgs-03070260 11.00 - 15.00 ft III-IV 00h39m 13.05 ft (running)
Corresponds roughly to 2.25-3.25' at the Bridge. Gauge has been fixed


River Description

The Cheat is a local favorite, with 10 miles of wilderness paddling, impressive rock formations, and more than a handful of III-IV rapids with great play at many levels.

Every year, on the Friday of Cheat Fest (the first weekend in May), this river is host to the "Cheat River Mass-Occurrence," a truly legendary race. With a mass start of as many as 150 paddlers, this race begins with chaos and ends with a phenomenal party.

 

Put-in - 1 mi north of Albright. From Interstate 68, head South on Route 26. After about ten miles, take a sharp Right into Teter's Campground. Drive through Teter's campground to land owned by Friends of the Cheat. This is an AW paddlers' easement. Or you can put in at the bridge on Rte. 26 (where the paddlers' gauge is located) at Albright.

Take-out - Jenkinsburg Bridge, at the confluence of the Cheat and Big Sandy. Look for the turn-off to Hudson Road (WV 15), about 6 miles South of I-68; take it west for about 7 miles to Jenkinsburg. 

 

Charlie Walbridge adds:

Mountain Streams and Trails, the new owner of the Jenkinsburg Access, asks that private paddlers running the Cheat and Big Sandy use the Upper Parking Lot during Cheat Fest Weekend. The Lower Parking Lot should be kept clear for outfitter trucks and buses. Vehicles parked there make maneuvering these big rigs difficult or impossible. So please park where you're supposed to and give a big THANK YOU to any MS&T employees you see on--or off--the river.

 

Gorp description of river

Map of Area

Canyon Topo Map showing rapids

Keel Hauler Rating - 26

Take-out - On river right side just below Jenkinsburg bridge.

Lat/Longitude coords verified by GPS.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-05-20 19:18:04

Editors


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.8DecisionIIIPhoto
1.5Beech RunIII
2.5Big NastyIVPlayspot Video
2.7Typewriter
3.0Even NastierIII+
5.8Cue BallIII
6.2TeardropIII+
6.5High FallsIV
6.9Maze (Top)
7.0ColiseumIV+Photo
7.2Pete Morgan - Lower ColiseumIVPhoto
8.0Boulder Line Rapid
8.5Fossil Falls (Mouth of Connor Run)

Rapid Descriptions

Decision (Class III, Mile 0.8)

Decision

Decision
Photo of Matt Balkey by Matt Muir taken 07/21/01 @ 2.6 ft

This first rapid is a series of offset holes. If you have much trouble here, you can make the Decision to hike back upstream to the putin.



Beech Run (Class III, Mile 1.5)
Mostly big waves and scattered holes.

Big Nasty (Class IV, Mile 2.5)
Click Here For Video
Run just right of the holes on the left side. Cut HARD left to miss the big hole in center at bottom of rapid. Below 2.5 on the bridge gauge it becomes a good rodeo hole.

Typewriter
A classic play hole at many levels.

Even Nastier (Class III+, Mile 3.0)
Multiple paths at various water levels.

Cue Ball (Class III, Mile 5.8)
A popular playspot and lunch spot.

Teardrop (Class III+, Mile 6.2)
Right side of river is the easiest line.

High Falls (Class IV, Mile 6.5)
Can be scouted from river left. Best line is left of center heading left through large waves and holes. Named for Falls coming into river on left side.

Coliseum (Class IV+, Mile 7.0)

Coliseum

Coliseum
Photo of Ratt Boy by Dan Lichty (KHCC)

Run is on left side side of river where you will encounter a almost channel-wide hole (Recyclotron), playable a very low flows. Run just left of the hole and cut back toward center left to avoid Particle Accelerator, the hole in the second drop. All can be scouted from the right side.

Pete Morgan - Lower Coliseum (Class IV, Mile 7.2)

Pete Morgan Rapid

Pete Morgan Rapid
Photo by S Baloch taken 08/17/03 @ 2.0

Last drop is run in the center of the left channel.


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    The Jenkinsburg Project is a partnership between a private landowner, two river-oriented non-profits, a state environmental agency, five canoe and kayak clubs, and hundreds of donors from West Virginia and the surrounding states.