Yuba, S. Fork, California, US
E) Purdon's Crossing to Route 49
||V (for normal flows)
Character: Mix of Bedrock and polished boulders. Long continuous rapids with
multiple channels, big holes and sieves. Very few points of egress out of this
canyon. That said, this is a world class run if you like class V+ river running. The
first mile or so is warm up class IV. Then, its class V/.V+ all the way to the 49 bridge.
This run is a definite step or 2 up in difficulty and consequences from the Hwy 49 to
Bridgeport run. It is similar in character to Cherry Creek (ending Merals pool) and Tobin on
the NF Feather -- more Sieves and a little more continuous in places.
Link this up with the section below, taking out at Bridgeport for one of the best ~12 miles of
easily accessable whitewater in California!
Flow: 600 is a reasonable minimum level (locals would say 750). 750-900 is good
-- padded with some push. >1000, the holes just keep getting bigger…>1400 --
pros only. Easier at lower flows.
Winter: commonly runs from rain. Spring/Summer: usually runs into June based on
Hazards: Serious sieves and big holes throughout the run.
Strongly recommend you paddle w/ someone who knows this section of river or plan on a
lot of scouting. 1) First portage is ~1.5 miles into the run after a long pool where the
river bends sharply to the right. A deck is currently visible at river level and house sits
high on the left bank. This rapid can be snuck thru a side channel on river left. 2) A
broken dam about ½ way thru the run = Recirculating broken ledge hole. Sneek
left thru a side channel 3) River wide sieve ~1/2 mi to a mile below the dam (Not
obvious). Portage/sneak left. 4) Sieve Rapid just upstream of hwy 49 pedestrian bridge.
>95% of flow is sieved. Many swimming deaths have occurred here – Portage
Left. ~Stay Safe!~
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
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Last Updated: 2011-03-22 01:29:19