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Difficulty II-III
Length 23.6 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 40000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 42 minutes ago 485 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/21/2011 6:06 am

River Description

Other information sources:
Trinity River Restoration Program  Lewiston Dam Release schedule  
Trinity River Unit: Shasta Trinity Forest
Boating.pdf Forest Service brochure.
Camping.pdf Forest Service brochure

Trinity River Management Unit

  • Big Bar Ranger Station
    Star Route 1, Box 10
    (28451 State Hwy 299 West)
    Big Bar, CA 96010
    (530)623-6106 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (530)623-6106      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    (530)623-6129 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (530)623-6129      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (TTY-TDD)
    (530)623-6123 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (530)623-6123      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (FAX)
  • Weaverville Ranger Station
    P.O. Box 1190
    360 Main Street
    Weaverville, CA 96093
    (530)623-2121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (530)623-2121      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    (530)623-2124 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (530)623-2124      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (TTY-TDD)
    (530)623-6010 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (530)623-6010      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (FAX)

Cassady & Calhoun, Holbek & Stanley, Schwind, Penny

Rapid Descriptions


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Robert Bucher
2 years ago

Here is a link to my video of the Big Flat to French Creek section of this run from 2017.

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11 years ago

Pigeon Point run @ 550CFS: One word - BONEY. Too boney for rafts and too narrow for oar boats. You have to ship oars at most of the crux moves. Fine for IKs. Hell Hole gets real steep.

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11 years ago

The East Branch of the NF, along the nf shuttle road offers some of the best class 3 around, and can be ran into the point on the trinity for a long day. Good flows are rare but if in the area it's more than worth checking on. You need the trinity at cedar flat to be about 2000cfs higher than the damn release. Instead of going up to the hobo gulch trail head for the gnarly NF run stay on the east branch road until a camp sight just after the next bridge. Or go to the end of the road to get some class 4 action on the upper 5 miles. There is also an access road off of the hobo road. It's just before the pass on backbone ridge. This would add another 3-4 miles, I have not ran it but hear it's just more class 4 fun.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge near Burnt Ranch; station info.    This gauge is just upstream of the take out at Cedar Flat.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2000-04-18 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More




Paul Martzen


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1199892 04/21/11 Paul Martzen Numbered this reach
1190110 02/09/02 n/a n/a
1199889 04/21/11 Paul Martzen added links