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A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
See description at CaCreeks.com.
beginning of class III-IV
in tennis ball
Easiest route is right to left or you could drop the center. right to left is only route at low flow
I run it on 1.9.2018. Lots of trees have fallen in the river, but we were able to portage around. The massive fires that have devastated the surrounding area have not cleared the brushes. Expect a strainer fest. Still fun if you don't mind portaging and bring the right skills.
brushy technical, 2 river wide trees in this section about midway. only USGS marker i could find is at the mouth which is well below this sectionand it seems runnable when that reads 1500+ cfs at mirabel heights. class 5 at higher flows. A few small steps. very fun and beautiful if you can catch it on a sunny day
The Brush Creek in Santa Rosa Gauge displayed below is reported to show similar flow patterns as in Mark West Creek. Mark West will usually be too low for boating by 24 hours after the end of rain from an average storm. Other gauges to compare are Big Sulfer Creek at Geysers, and Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside Rd.
Look for a painted staff gauge on the east side of the bridge at the put in. It should be visible from the turn out on Leslie Road.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
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