The Sierra City run.
Wild Plum canyon is one of the uppermost regions within the North Fork Yuba River.
The only creeking above this point is 40 degree gradient on mixture of sharp granite substrates that few salmon can make it past.
We dubb this the Sierra City run.
Sikbird note: This run can be notched up considerably by adding the Love Falls section above the Pacific Crest Trail bridge.
Seasonal rain and snow events frequently bump this run up quickly.
This run offers clear and cold water, beautiful and challenging rapids in steep gradient with real consequences for the uninitiated.
Reference: "California Whitewater, Third Edition" Jim Cassady & Fryar Calhoun
Wild Plum to Downieville has a high alpine start, drops swiftly into tight rapids, blind sweeping class IV/V with a lead into the green moss covered rocky canyon reaches above Moss Canyon. Once into the steep and fast Moss Canyon you will meet up with Boss Moss, Floss Moss and Lower Moss Rapids, when they conclude you might wash up in Downieville.
This run is frequently underestimated at high water, where its a screaming run.
Rosassco Canyon lies below the confluence of the North Fork Yuba and the Downie River in Downieville.
This gauge is visual.
* Note: The suggested minimum and maximum flows for this run are based upon the gauge at Goodyears Bar. The actual flows at Wild Plum put-in will be approximately 60% of the Goodyears Bar gauge because the Goodyears Bar gauge includes contribution from major drainages below the Wild Plum run.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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Loves Falls first drop
Loves Falls above Wild Plum
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