Little Pigeon, Middle Prong, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||414 fpm|
|Max Gradient||461 fpm|
|LITTLE PIGEON RIVER ABOVE SEVIERVILLE, TN|
|usgs-03469175||2000 - 5000 cfs||V||8y42d23h28m||227 cfs (too low)|
This run is of the same difficulty as the Trailhead Section of the West Prong. It has a little more breathing room as far as pace and continuity, but this is undermined by the larger drops spaced more frequently and evenly along the run than the WP. Unlike the West Prong's large drops being all put together in the distance of 1/4 mile, Ramsey's has them throughout the whole 1.4 miles. There are some incredible boofs. One near the beginning stands out as being the best in the smokies. The boogie is high quality class 5. This is considering the boogie on Upper Big Creek is quality class 4. Interlaced in the boogie are frequent large drops that should possibly be scouted. A guide might be neccessary the first few times, as this run is braided in spots with only one channel being safe. There is a spot called the Death Sieve about 2/3 of the way down that one must be aware of. It looks just like any of the other 100's of blind turns, but is something more. There is a super cool sneak on the left. Soon after is one of the big boys, a manky entrance into a full on shallow corridor of about 20 feet in drop. The river then gathers momentum and drops over a manky ledge that is sieved out on the left. Aim right. The last big one above the eight footer at the trailhead bridge is like a big version of monster on Upper Big Creek. Walk on the left. Enjoy.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.4||The First big one||5.1|
|1.1||You gonna like it||5.0|
Ride out on the dragon's back and boof off. You will be smiling.
A huge smoothe boulder splits the flow, with a tight sieved out eight footer on the right, and a technical line with wood on the left. A portage can be accomplished after scouting by lowering down from the boulder into the eddy between the two different lines.