Trinity - Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar (Burnt Ranch Gorge)


Trinity, California, US

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Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar (Burnt Ranch Gorge)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 46 fpm

Middle Falls


Middle Falls
Photo taken 09/06/13

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TRINITY R NR BURNT RANCH CA
usgs-11527000 500 - 2000 cfs IV-V 00h47m 608 cfs (running)


River Description

Burnt Ranch is a beautiful and challenging run. Continuous class IV-V pool-drop rapids.

 

Photo: Final Drop in Middle Burnt Ranch Falls -

 

Check out www.allaboutrivers.com. and their description of this reach.

 

See also Cassady & Calhoun; Holbek & Stanley; Schwind, Penny.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-09-07 00:20:52

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3China SlideIV
0.5Pearly GatesIV+
1.5Tight SqueezeIV+
2.7Upper Burnt Ranch FallsVPhoto
3.0Middle Burnt Ranch FallsVPhoto
3.1Lower Burnt Ranch FallsVPhoto
3.3Hennessy FallsIV+
3.5OrigamiIV+
3.8Table RockIV
6.0Gray's FallsV

Rapid Descriptions

China Slide (Class IV, Mile 0.3)

Read and run class IV-



Pearly Gates (Class IV+, Mile 0.5)

Significant Drop into Box Canyon



Tight Squeeze (Class IV+, Mile 1.5)

The name says it all, big bolders everywhere.



Upper Burnt Ranch Falls (Class V, Mile 2.7)

Upper Falls

Upper Falls
Photo by Matt Henry taken 09/06/13

A long rapid leading to a final chute on the left or a narrow waterfall in the center.



Middle Burnt Ranch Falls (Class V, Mile 3.0)

Middle Falls

Middle Falls
Photo taken 09/06/13

Many options depending on flow and the size of your boat.



Lower Burnt Ranch Falls (Class V, Mile 3.1)

Lower Falls

Lower Falls
Photo taken 09/06/13 @ 900 cfs

Rocky at lower Flows, many portage this rapid. Consider running only the final drop from the eddy on river left - it's a doozy.



Hennessy Falls (Class IV+, Mile 3.3)

Class V in many guides



Origami (Class IV+, Mile 3.5)

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



Table Rock (Class IV, Mile 3.8)

Could also be called "Tight Squeeze". Possible portage on the left at higher flows.



Gray's Falls (Class V, Mile 6.0)

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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