Big Sulphur Creek, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|BIG SULPHUR C A G RESORT NR CLOVERDALE CA|
|usgs-11463170||200 - 2000 cfs||IV-V||00h55m||37 cfs (too low)|
Just of Hwy 101 in Cloverdale. Access is questionable, Ive been told by stopping cars that we were trespassing or walking through private property. The iron bridge does not have any signs forbidding parking or passage on the east (after you cross it) side. For take out there are some spots off the side of the road close to the creek where you probably wont get hasseled above the final Class V+. Constant landslides cause changing conditions following every storm. Scout. Very challenging run for anyone in the bay area. Winter creates challenging big water after storms, spring rains bring the level up enough to run but its usually too low for rafts.
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
Lat/longitude coords are very approximate.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.5||First Class IV||IV+|
It comes up quick so be ready. Several 3-7' drops in here at lower flows. Long sections of boulders can create gnarly rapids at higher flows.
Begins S turn visible from the road this section should be scouted. Boulders shift every storm. Class V at higher flows