Big Sulphur Creek - 2) Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing


Big Sulphur Creek, California, US

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2) Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BIG SULPHUR C A G RESORT NR CLOVERDALE CA
usgs-11463170 200 - 2000 cfs IV-V 00h44m 33.9 cfs (too low)


River Description

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.
 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-01-31 04:02:56

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.5First Class IVIV+Photo
6.5Old DamIV+Photo

Rapid Descriptions

First Class IV (Class IV+, Mile 0.5)

first class IV below bridge

first class IV below bridge
Photo taken 01/31/17

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.



Old Dam (Class IV+, Mile 6.5)

old dam

old dam
Photo taken 11/20/16

Begins S turn visible from the road this section should be scouted. Boulders shift every storm. Class V at higher flows




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