Wooley Creek, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
Wooley Creek is for those willing to hike in and go deep. Its a real beauty!
Lesser run, due to hair and spiders in places, this beautiful clear water cascadie snakes through granite mini-gorges making this run a never-to-be forgotten beauty!
The original method of access was to hike a trail from the takeout to the put in. Over time, other options have been found, get wise with your local kayaker.
Klamath National Forest asks that river users document their trips with their online form: Rafting Trip Documentation Card
May 23, 2007: Wooley Creek Trail Closed at Haypress Creek bridge: Orleans
District Ranger Bill Rice would like to inform forest visitors that the Wooley Creek Trail
(#5832) into the Marble Mountain Wilderness has been closed at Haypress
Creek approximately seven miles from the Wooley Creek Trailhead. This closure is due to
a damaged bridge and to provide for public safety. " A large tree uprooted and severely
damaged the Haypress Bridge, compromising its structural integrity," stated Bob Hemus,
Recreation Officer for the Orleans Ranger District. "The trail will stay closed until we
complete an inspection of the bridge and can acquire funds to repair or replace the bridge,"
continued Hemus. This is expected to be a long term closure.
For more information contact Bob Hemus, Orleans District Recreation Officer at (530) 627-3291. News Release
An easier trail into Wooley?
For those of you who have done Wooley Cr you probably agree that its an awesome run you'd
like to do more often. Doing Bridge Cr is more than my back can handle anymore and the normal
trail is pretty long. (Doing Bridge means that you're going to be in a rush by the time you
get down to Wooley Creek.) Several people (including myself) have tried to find the illusive
trail marked on maps that drops in from above, and failed. I finally found it from the bottom.
The fires from last summer cleaned it up a bit. It's just a very faint trough and looks as if
no one has used it for about 10 years. If anyone else is into working on this, it could end up
being the cush way to get into Wooley. I did a little work on it with a machete, clearing out the
bottom third (maybe). It wouldn't take a lot more to do the top. The trouble is finding it. I
noticed some pink and black striped flagging on it.
The trail is shown on the "Marble Mtn Wilderness and Russian Wilderness" topo that you can buy at Somes bar. It comes down the ridge that is just to the west and barely upstream from the main cabin at Wooley camp. You can find the start of it (from the bottom) by looking for a huge cut log just above the main trail above the cabin. It goes right up the whole ridge, staying near the nose of the ridge. I haven't looked for the top yet, but the map shows it with a trailhead off F.R. 12N48, going right by peak 4019.
* * If interested, bring: a machete, some flagging tape, the map, lots of water, some gloves and a GPS. I took a GPS reading at about the 1/3 up point. (I'll post it later if people are interested.) It should take a couple guys 2-4 hours to clean up the rest of it. Once cleaned up, you should end up with an awesome trail that is very smooth and easy to drag a kayak down. (extremely few rocks on the bottom section. Not sure about the top.) It looks to be about 2 mi and all downhill, as opposed to 5.5 of up and down coming into the main trail.
Never bother with the trail shown coming down off of Black Mtn. I waisted a lot of time up there last year, looking. -Posted online by Dana691 at Boof.com .
keep going on the main road heading further north. Go 1 mile past Camp 3 and look for a right
turn on the other end of the same road 12N48. (Take this way because its easier and there is a
log across the road blocking the middle section.) Go about another 0.5 mi to a 3 way fork, and
take the middle fork which heads steep uphill. (marked with a little pink flagging.) Follow that
road (marked on the map as 'A') about 3/4 mile til it ends.
Look for some flagging heading south up the ridge following an old road. You're basically continuing in the same direction that the 'A' road is pointing you.
That upper section will need a lot of work, but it gets much better after it drops over the ridge into the Wooley drainage. Just before you drop over the ridge and into the Wooley drainage stay alert for the pink flagging which will show a left turn at an indistinct junction. This junction occurs when you come out into an open area and it seems as if the old road is veering to the right. (Its not.) The ridge will be very obvious in front of you. This whole section needs a lot of work.
Once you get down onto the final ridge dropping into Wooley camp, the GPS waypoint I gave for 1/3 up is a good pointer to use. (Eventually it will be very obvious without having to use GPS. Just follow the flagging.)
Other Information Sources:
Jefferson State Creeking: Wooley Creek
Jefferson State Creeking: Bridge Creek - tributary of Wooley
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.0||Gorge Drop In||N/A|
this cascade quickly becomes a bigger drop