Pit - 6) Pit 5: Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse


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6) Pit 5: Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse

Usual Difficulty III+(V) (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 45 fpm
Max Gradient 100 fpm

Split Decision


Split Decision
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 09/05/13

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Pit At Big Bend
dream-046 800 - 4000 cfs III+(V) 04h38m 1594 cfs (running)


River Description

The Pit 5 reach offers both a class III run and a Class IV run. The run has a remote wilderness appeal, with few roads and only a few structures along the way.  The Class IV run begins just below at the newly constructed Madesi put-in below the Pit 5 Dam.  The first rapid below the put-in is very brushy.  This rapid can be avoided by putting in below.  Shortly below this rapid is the one Class V rapid on the run. It is a chunky boulder strewn affair, with a partial portage option is available on river left. From this point down to Big Bend is fairly continuous class III /IV. Be aware, that there are several braided sections where picking the correct braid is important.  If you do not wish to paddle the class III section, you can take out at the bridge in Big Bend.  The best take-out is just below the bridge on river right.

The Class III section begins at the bridge in Big Bend. This is a nice class III section that can be run at the 400 cfs base flows.  The first rapid below the Big Bend Bridge called "Bad Alder" can be tricky,and is a mainly because of vegetation encroachment. Shortly below this rapid there are several hot springs, all on river left.  Take out is just above the Pit 5 powerhouse.

As part of the new licnese that American Whitewater helped to negotiate, releases will be occurring in August and September on the Pit 5 .  Realtime flow information is now available on the American Whitewater Website.   Also look to the release calendar on this page for scheduled flow releases.  Look to the release calendar page for release information in California and across the Country.

Logistics

To reach the Pit 5 take-out (Lower Run), take Hwy 299 East from Redding.  About 4 miles past the small town of Montgomery Creek turn left on Big Bend Road.  After Traveling 14 miles on Big Bend road you will turn left on Pit 5 Powerhouse road.  Continue down this road 4.3 miles. Just  past the bridge you will see a river access sign.  The take out is across the river from the James B. Black powerhouse.  There is a large parking area and bathroom at the takeout.

To reach the put-in, travel back out to Big Bend Road.  Take a left and Travel to the Town of Big Bend if you wish to do the lower class III section of the Pit 5 reach.  The put-in is on river right, just downstream of the bridge in Big Bend. To reach the put-in for the Class IV section take a right just before you reach Big Bend on Hagen Flat Road.  Continue on this road for 2.8 miles until you see a sign for the Madesi River Access.    Down this road a short distance you will find the river access, bathrooms and camping. 

There is a store in Big Bend for fresh ice and anything else that you might have forgotten.  They also may have information on shuttle drivers.

Other Information Sources:
Pit-5, Upper  Awetstate guide
Pit-5, Lower  Awetstate guide
SIERRA WHITEWATER, MARTIN, 1974
 


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Last Updated: 2016-11-08 15:48:38

Blackberry Death Chute

Detail Trip Report  Blackberry Death Chute  @Pit 6) Pit 5: Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(2.63MB .jpeg)

Madesi Boat Ramp

Detail Trip Report  Madesi Boat Ramp  @Pit 6) Pit 5: Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(2.90MB .jpeg)

Pit 5 Class V

Detail Trip Report  Pit 5 Class V  Pit , CA(103.09KB .jpeg)

Upper Pit 5 Rapid

Detail Trip Report  Upper Pit 5 Rapid  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(511.97KB .jpeg)

Lower Pit 5

Detail Trip Report  Lower Pit 5  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(1.00MB .jpeg)

Pit 5 Hot Springs

Detail Trip Report  Pit 5 Hot Springs  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(911.03KB .jpeg)

Rapid above Big Bend Bridge

Detail Trip Report  Rapid above Big Bend Bridge  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(627.51KB .jpeg)

Lower Spillway

Detail Trip Report  Lower Spillway  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(5.00MB .jpeg)

The Dam

Detail Trip Report  The Dam  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(4.70MB .jpeg)

Pit 5 Class V

Detail Trip Report  Pit 5 Class V  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(4.91MB .jpeg)

Kosk Creek Rapid

Detail Trip Report  Kosk Creek Rapid  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.63MB .jpeg)

Non Stop Class IV

Detail Trip Report  Non Stop Class IV  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.35MB .jpeg)

Chris Shackleton Surfs it up at Spin City

Detail Trip Report  Chris Shackleton Surfs it up at Spin City  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.28MB .jpeg)

Run out on Sneak Peek

Detail Trip Report  Run out on Sneak Peek  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.63MB .jpeg)

Bad Alder

Detail Trip Report  Bad Alder  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.42MB .jpeg)

Sneak Peek

Detail Trip Report  Sneak Peek  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.60MB .jpeg)

Upper Hot Springs

Detail Trip Report  Upper Hot Springs   @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.63MB .jpeg)

Bottom of Bad Alder

Detail Trip Report  Bottom of Bad Alder  @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.66MB .jpeg)

Powerline

Detail Trip Report  Powerline   @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(3.36MB .jpeg)

Split Decision

Detail Trip Report  Split Decision   @Pit (Pit 5) Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse, CA(190.38KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Look to the AW release calendar to the right on this page  for schedules of flow releases.  Look to the release calendar page for release information in California and across the Country.

Realtime flow information is also available at CDEC Pit River at Big Bend
Historical data for this reach is available at the USGS page for this gauge #11363000.    Gauge site information  
This USGS Pit/McCloud Schematic.pdf  shows dams, diversions, reservoirs and gauges. 

LOCATION.--Lat 41°01'10", long 121°54'36" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in NW ¼ SW ¼ sec.31, T.37 N., R.1 E., Shasta County, CA, Hydrologic Unit 18020003, on left bank at Big Bend, 0.4 mi downstream from Nelson Creek, 1.5 mi upstream from Kosk Creek, and 3.1 mi downstream from Pit No. 5 Dam.
DRAINAGE AREA.--4,711 mi2, excluding Goose Lake Basin.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Pit At Big Bend
dream-046 800 - 4000 cfs III+(V) 04h38m 1594 cfs (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
800 -4000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III+(V)

Report - Reports of Pit 6) Pit 5: Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
109d21h49m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Blackberry Death Chute n/a Dave Steindorf
109d22h25m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Madesi Boat Ramp n/a Dave Steindorf
4y76d06h49m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Upper Hot Springs 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y76d06h49m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Bottom of Bad Alder 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y76d06h49m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Powerline 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y76d06h49m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Split Decision 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y100d14h12m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Non Stop Class IV 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y100d14h12m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Chris Shackleton Surfs it up at Spin City 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y100d14h12m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Run out on Sneak Peek 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y100d14h12m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Bad Alder 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y100d14h12m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Sneak Peek 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y129d19h32m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Kosk Creek Rapid 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y129d20h17m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Bob Center 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y130d19h50m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Lower Spillway 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y130d19h50m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] The Dam 0 cfs Dave Steindorf
4y130d19h50m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Pit 5 Class V 600 cfs Dave Steindorf
5y18d15h36m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Pit 5 Hot Springs n/a Dave Steindorf
5y18d15h38m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Lower Pit 5 n/a Dave Steindorf
5y18d15h40m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Upper Pit 5 Rapid n/a Dave Steindorf
5y18d15h42m /Pit-Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse [CA] Rapid above Big Bend Bridge n/a Dave Steindorf

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1African QueenIV
0.5Sneak PeekVPhoto
1.0Upper LedgeIII+Photo
1.1Spin CityN/APlayspot Photo
1.3Spillway IVPhoto
2.5Kinner III+
3.1Big Bend BridgeAccess
4.0Bad AlderIII+Photo
4.5Hot Springs III+Photo
5.0OspreyN/A
5.3Kosk CreekIIIPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

African Queen (Class IV, Mile 0.1)

This rapid is right below the put-in.  Braided and full of vegitation.  The middle channel seems best, but this could change.



Sneak Peek (Class V, Mile 0.5)

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 08/12/13

Chunky Boulder strewn rapid.  Runnable at higher flows.  It can be difficult to scout.



Upper Ledge (Class III+, Mile 1.0)

The Dam

The Dam
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 07/13/13

A natural river wide dam



Spin City (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

Chris Shackleton Surfs it up at Spin City

Chris Shackleton Surfs it up at Spin City
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 08/12/13

River Wide Playspot



Spillway (Class IV, Mile 1.3)

Upper Spillway Pit 5

Upper Spillway Pit 5
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 07/14/13


Kinner (Class III+, Mile 2.5)

Braided at the top.  Long Class III +



Big Bend Bridge

The river has class 5 upstream of this access point, but is only class 3 below this bridge. 



Bad Alder (Class III+, Mile 4.0)

Bad Alder

Bad Alder
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 08/12/13

This is a long Class III immediately below Big Bend. This rapid is compicated by the fact that much of the water pushes into the overhanging vegitation on the right bank.



Hot Springs (Class III+, Mile 4.5)

Upper Hot Springs

Upper Hot Springs
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 09/05/13

Long Class III, Hot Springs are at the bottom of this rapid on the left. The river braids at the top of this rapid.  The left channel is generally the best.



Osprey (Class N/A, Mile 5.0)

Long Class III



Kosk Creek (Class III, Mile 5.3)

Kosk Creek Rapid

Kosk Creek Rapid
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 07/14/13

This rapid is below where Kosk Creek comes in on the right.  One of the prettiest parts of the river.




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June 14, 2011


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CA, Pit 5 Releases Sunday the 10th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST 1200 cfs
Saturday the 9th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST 1200 cfs
Sunday the 6th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST 1500 cfs
Saturday the 5th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST 1500 cfs
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