I live on the river in Ben Lomond and do this run regularly in the winter. 250cfs at the Felton gauge would be a bare minimum and over 1200 a few of the dams get big drops with nasty consequences. I just did the run today, 2-18-09 at 350 cfs (read at Felton gauge and the run is a fun class II+ with no portages until just above my house near Highlands Park due to a few trees across a flat stretch of the river. I cant imagine the run at 6000cfs though, thats nuts.
I did the Ben Lomond to Felton run the other day at close to 2000 and everything was washed out including the ledge drop below Highlands Park and the run was boring at that flow because there were no rapids. I prefer the Boulder Creek run and would recommend it to a class III boater.Carl firstname.lastname@example.org
I have ran from boulder creek to ben lomond and I had aleast five or six portages because of low head dams, or remains of dams. I would not recommend this run. The rapids themselves are probably class II but because of the hazards only experts should attempt this run.It is very very brushy there was one rapid that could have been a disaster a big bend hidden by brush all the water was pouring right into an old concrete bridge support very ugly. I had to abort my run of that rapid half-way down.
Stick to the Felton to Santa Cruz strech much more fun!!!!!!! email@example.com
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