Ran Piney on May 14, 2016, 166 cfs, or 2.9 on the gauge. Plenty of water at this level, as is evidenced by the photos on this site. I think this creek has been unfairly maligned, there was no odor , the water was relatively clear, and there was no discharge apparent from the sanitation plant. Hardly any slack water on the entire run, we did it in under 3 hours, stopping to look at the big ledge, and the old mill ledge. While there is an approximately 1 mile pretty steep section, the whole run requires paying attention, and starts to feel a little fatiguing towards the end. Easy shuttle, remote canyon and great rapids, I'd recommend strong boaters put this " hidden" gem on their list
Ran Piney on 10 Dec 2011. Gauge was 3.1 (~240 cfs). This is about the low end of good. 3.0 may be the minimum. The rapids are good, however, the pools are very shallow at 3.1. Fallen trees are prevalent, especially in the last third of the run. We portaged at least five times due to fallen trees. Be on the lookout for trees!
2.9 is as low as you can run Piney now . Any lower and you will do alot of dragging .
Had a good run at 3.7. Lots of river level scouring from the flood. Still tons of evidence from downed trees and log jams. Most of the major rapids were the same, but the boogie made from small boulders will be different. Portaged 3 times for wood either completely across the river or in bad places, as well as twice more 1 person got out to clear wood out of the way.
River is tons of fun at higher water, but there are some good sized holes.
A large group of us ran this last weekend and the water did not seem TOO bad though the smell near the doo doo plant was still strong. Good fun - many in the group compared it to Glade Creek.
The water may smell bad, but I drank some and was ok--although I can't recommend that. This is a great run! Constant gradient with big drops interspersed. I think of it as a scaled-down Lower Big Sandy, which is pretty much as good as it gets! I put on at 3:30 one day when the 8:00am level (Raleigh) was 2.75 and dropping. When I got to the put-in, the level was an absolute minimum---abusive at the top, but good farther downstream. At the put-in, the riverbed is smooth, solid bedrock, giving the appearance of there being more water than what it really has. More fun than Glade Creek, and definitely worth doing!
9 years ago
by chad lester
10 years ago
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boofing the first big ledge
Duck and boof
Right Right Right
melt down rapid
right side of the big ledge
one of many ledges
plenty of gradient
carson wright styles the big drop
rock is undercut
approaching the old mill rapid
an early insult to water quality
nice boof off a ledge that has a cave behind the curtain
one of many boulder/ledge drops on the Piney
first ledge on the Piney
Piney Creek (Beckley, WV.)
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