Burnt Ranch is a beautiful and challenging run. Continuous class IV-V pool-drop rapids.
Photo: Final Drop in Middle Burnt Ranch Falls -
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See also Cassady & Calhoun; Holbek & Stanley; Schwind, Penny.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate.
Read and run class IV-
Significant Drop into Box Canyon
The name says it all, big bolders everywhere.
A long rapid leading to a final chute on the left or a narrow waterfall in the center.
Many options depending on flow and the size of your boat.
Rocky at lower Flows, many portage this rapid. Consider running only the final drop from the eddy on river left - it's a doozy.
Class V in many guides
From Cassady and Calhoun - California Whitewater: "Rafts that get caught in the turbulent holes at the bottom of this rapid could be folded like Japanese paper."
The left side opens up somwhere above 1000 cfs. Some call it class V
Could also be called "Tight Squeeze". Possible portage on the left at higher flows.
A tree trunk sits underwater at the entrance to the main drop. It doesn't seem to pose a problem if you are in your boat and upright.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Take Hwy 299 West from Redding. To Reach put-in dirve 39 miles past Weaverville, CA to Burnt Ranch Dump Road (on the right). Drive 7.5 miles further west on Hwy 299 to reach Hawkins Bar (dirt road on the right). If you reach Salyer you have gone to far.
Middle Burnt Ranch Falls
Boof on ? Lower Rapid
Falls #3 Meat
Intro to Falls #3
Left Line on Falls #2
Rock Wall on Falls #2
Intro to Falls #2
Webster Falls?, Last Drop
Burnt Ranch Falls
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