Baker, S. Branch - Rocky Branch to Rowentown Rd.

Baker, S. Branch, New Hampshire, US


Rocky Branch to Rowentown Rd. (Dorchester)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 130 fpm

Cannibal Falls

Cannibal Falls
Photo of Ben Holzman studying the landing by Dan Holzman @ Low

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01076000 2.20 - 4.40 ft V 00h57m 1.5 ft (too low)

River Description

Information from Greg and Sue Hanlon's Steep Creeks of New England, which has more info on this run. Text used with permission.

The run begins on Rocky Brook.

Posted by Dan Holzman on the MVP message board 3/30/03
South Branch of the Baker: The group put in at Rocky Branch. Class 3 or less until just above confluence with the South Branch of the Baker, which is about 1 mile down, where the action picks up. Several tight slot drops, apparently one caused several enders. Cannibal Falls is about 200 yards downstream of the confluence, described by the group as a Class-4 approach to several really narrow slots dropping at least 20 feet onto a flat rock. The group portaged, unclear on how this drop is run (according to Steep Creeks, Willy Kern was the first to run this drop years ago).
The rest of the South Branch apparently has a big-water feel, lots of gradient, much more water than Pond Brook, large holes to avoid. There is a series of ledges about 2 miles into the run, including a 40-foot slide with a 10-foot falls at the bottom, I got several nice pictures there.
Beta on South Branch: Cannibal Falls looks really nasty; let me know if there is a hidden line. Difficulty seems to be comparable to West Branch of Deerfield, bigger water run.

Directions to takeout: I-93 to Rte. 25 West (Exit 26). Head 7.8 miles past the rotary at the Rte. 3A junction to South Wentworth Road (just past the NH 118 intersection). Take a left onto S. Wentworth Rd. 1.6 miles to a fork; bear right onto Rowentown Rd. Park at the bridge.
To putin: Head back to S. Wentworth Rd. Bang a right and follow the road upstream. Cross the river and take a left onto Bickford Woods Road. Put in at the bridge at Rocky Brook. An alternate putin on the South Branch itself can be accessed by continueing down Bickford Woods Road and taking a left on Hearst House Road. Put in where the road crosses the South Branch.








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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Map of the Mid Pemi regionPutin Takeout Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Mid Pemi region

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Rivers of the Middle Pemigewasset region

Rivers of the Middle Pemigewasset region
Photo by Mark Lacroix

User Comments

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April 14 2013 (2044 days ago)
David SuDetails
April 14, 2013 at 2.45' level there was no new or significant wood throughout the run. The landings
off Cannibal Falls had: a minor rock bump going off the R-side, vertical plug off the center went
deep without consequence, and boofing off L-corner was flat and fluffy. The L-side holes at "triple
drop," just above the "Swimming Hole" takeout, were deep and sticky at 2.45'.

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