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Difficulty IV-V
Length 10 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 878 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/07/2013 12:20 am

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 -


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

Rapid Descriptions

China Slide

Class - IV Mile - 0.3
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Read and run class IV-

Pearly Gates

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.5
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Significant Drop into Box Canyon

Tight Squeeze

Class - IV+ Mile - 1.5
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The name says it all, big bolders everywhere.

Upper Burnt Ranch Falls

Class - V Mile - 2.7

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

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

Lower Burnt Ranch Falls

Class - V Mile - 3.1

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
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Class V in many guides


Class - IV+ Mile - 3.5
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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
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Could also be called "Tight Squeeze". Possible portage on the left at higher flows.

Gray's Falls

Class - V Mile - 6
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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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Directions Description

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.

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