Saluda, Middle - 1: (Jones Gap) Jones Gap Trail bridge to bridge at park HQ


Saluda, Middle, South Carolina, US

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1: (Jones Gap) Jones Gap Trail bridge to bridge at park HQ (Gap Section)

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 240 fpm

Jones Gap State Park


Jones Gap State Park
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 200 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC
usgs-02162350 3.25 - 5.00 ft III-V 00h35m 2.68 ft (too low)


River Description

You must complete a permit to paddle the Middle Saluda within the state park.  Permit requires your driver's license and car tag number.  Includes intsructions on approved put-in and takeout points and applicable rules.  This is a state trout stream and removal of wood is prohibited.  The highest approved put-in is approximately a one mile walk above the park headquarters.  
WARNING!!! There is lots of wood - some easy to see and some waiting just below the surface on this stream.  This is a tight, very busy little creek that commands your attention.  

Directions: Take 276 N out of Greenville, and a few miles after Hwy 11 joins in, turn Right at the F-Mart (small brown country store with a Pepsi Sign--"Best Hotdogs In Town", and they're telling the truth), and follow this road straight a nubmer of miles all the way into the park.

Description: This is all out tight, technical, boney, boulder infested continuous creeking. DON'T GET SIDEWAYS. It is far from hair, lacks anything huge and of Tao's enjoyment, but is still enough to get the blood pumping.

Park at the parking lot or in "camper" parking if it's during the week, and be sure to register at the park office after checking the flow. If there's enough water in the park, there should be enough upstream for a ways. Try to catch it during a serious downpour or after a number of days of rain.

After you've started up the trail, start scouting, because eddies are going to be few and small. Be sure to check out the stream falling off the mountain on Hiker's Left about a mile up the trail. The river leaves and rejoins the trail several times. Once you're in the water, keep it pointed downstream, and catch whatever eddies you can find.

The only drops I can note are both near the end of the run. One is a huge boulder clog (Razorback), which looks runnable on the far right side down 2 or 3 steps, and then picking your way through the runnout. Stay out of the trees on the left and the clog in the left middle. The only problem it seems with the steps is that if you fall off the right side of one of them, you end up in a terminal seive. Be careful.

The second is actually in the park after the large wooden bridge but before the metal footbridge. It's like a huge slab had a diagonal slice about 3 feet wide cut out of it from top left to bottom right. You have a class II approch, and a small eddie in the pool on river right above the slot. The right slab is undercut, so a missed line will result in lost teeth or a nice bloody nose. You run up on the left slab, and fall off into the pool below. Beware of the f-up rocks right at the lip if the level is marginal. The total drop is only 3 or 4 feet, but can look pretty serious. Hit the water with a strong push to the left and drop through the slot and find a place to take out.

From the park office to the highest allowed put-in is approximately 1.0 miles. The river drops right at 240 fpm. Above the allowed put-in, the river gets really steep, dropping over 420 feet in the mile above the confluence. Check the topo maps and you will see that most of that gradient happens in less than a mile.
Below the park office, the next 2.1 miles drop approximately 99 fpm.


Wood on this creek is a serious concern, as the slots are narrow, and the banks are weak and prone to drop whole trees into the river. Scout when you can, and don't bang ahead, as eddies are few and far between, and you may be in the meat and maw before you know it.

Jones Gap State Park


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-01-08 00:40:41

State Park Rapid

Detail Trip Report  State Park Rapid  Middle Saluda - Jones Gap, SC(44.44KB .jpeg)

Razorback - Brian 3

Detail Trip Report  Razorback - Brian 3  Middle Saluda - Jones Gap, SC(33.93KB .jpeg)

Razorback - Brian 1

Detail Trip Report  Razorback - Brian 1  Middle Saluda - Jones Gap, SC(34.85KB .jpeg)

Razorback - Eric 1

Detail Trip Report  Razorback - Eric 1  Middle Saluda - Jones Gap, SC(37.57KB .jpeg)

Razorback - Brian 2

Detail Trip Report  Razorback - Brian 2  Middle Saluda - Jones Gap, SC(41.87KB .jpeg)

Razorback on Middle Saluda (Eric-2)

Detail Trip Report  Razorback on Middle Saluda (Eric-2)  Middle Saluda - Jones Gap, SC(38.93KB .jpeg)

First "big" rapid

Detail Trip Report  First "big" rapid  Middle Saluda, SC(30.28KB .jpeg)

Open Canoe in Slot

Detail Trip Report  Open Canoe in Slot  Middle Saluda, SC(33.28KB .jpeg)

Right Side of Rock Jam

Detail Trip Report  Right Side of Rock Jam  Middle Saluda, SC(52.11KB .jpeg)

C-1 on Middle Saluda

Detail Trip Report  C-1 on Middle Saluda  Middle Saluda, SC(30.22KB .jpeg)

Creeking in SC

Detail Trip Report  Creeking in SC  Middle Saluda, SC(61.37KB .jpeg)

Rock Jam

Detail Trip Report  Rock Jam  Middle Saluda, SC(37.82KB .jpeg)

Rock Garden

Detail Trip Report  Rock Garden  Middle Saluda, SC(31.47KB .jpeg)

Slot from the top

Detail Trip Report  Slot from the top  Middle Saluda, SC(27.66KB .jpeg)

Downstream view

Detail Trip Report  Downstream view  Middle Saluda, SC(34.04KB .jpeg)

Upper Slot of State Park Rapid

Detail Trip Report  Upper Slot of State Park Rapid  Middle Saluda, SC(45.00KB .jpeg)

Takeout or put in?

Detail Trip Report  Takeout or put in?  Middle Saluda in Jones Gap, SC(25.85KB .jpeg)

An average rapid

Detail Trip Report  An average rapid  Middle Saluda in Jones Gap, SC(30.56KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap near takeout

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap near takeout  Middle Saluda, SC(157.71KB .jpeg)

one mile bridge rapid

Detail Trip Report  one mile bridge rapid  Middle Saluda, SC(131.01KB .jpeg)

Second foot bridge

Detail Trip Report  Second foot bridge  Middle Saluda, SC(138.32KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, sc(300.04KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap put in trail

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap put in trail  Middle Saluda, SC(189.33KB .jpeg)

Average Jones Gap rapid

Detail Trip Report  Average Jones Gap rapid  Middle Saluda, SC(147.38KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap with canoe

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap with canoe  Middle Saluda, SC(142.31KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, SC(138.33KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, SC(325.49KB .jpeg)

Middle Saluda

Detail Trip Report  Middle Saluda  Middle Saluda, SC(276.71KB .jpeg)

1 mile bridge Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  1 mile bridge Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, SC(149.08KB .jpeg)

a rapid in Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  a rapid in Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, sc(150.22KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap State Park

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap State Park  Middle Saluda, sc(121.65KB .jpeg)

Typical Jones Gap stuff

Detail Trip Report  Typical Jones Gap stuff  Middle Saluda, sc(156.33KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, sc(140.48KB .jpeg)

Jones Gap

Detail Trip Report  Jones Gap  Middle Saluda, SC(156.19KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

If you've got a short creeker and are really dedicated, you can make this run happen around 3.25, but you run a lot of pinning risk. The upper parts are pretty concentrated and should be good to go at anything above this.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC
usgs-02162350 3.25 - 5.00 ft III-V 00h35m 2.68 ft (too low)
This gauge was turned back on summer 2012 after being off for several years. It is now stage only with no cfs reading. Gauge is just below the takeout on the
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
3.25 -5.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable III-V Guess based on pictures of flow at 3.5' when gauge was on previously several years ago. Gauge levels may have changed while the gauge was inactive.

Report - Reports of Saluda, Middle 1: (Jones Gap) Jones Gap Trail bridge to bridge at park HQ and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Middle Saluda [SC] Creeking in SC n/a wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda [SC] Jones Gap 3.5 ft wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda [sc] Jones Gap 200 cfs wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda [SC] 1 mile bridge Jones Gap 3.5 ft wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda [SC] Average Jones Gap rapid 3.5 ft wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda [sc] Jones Gap 3.5 ft wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda [SC] Second foot bridge 175 cfs wreeves
> 10 years Middle Saluda - Jones Gap [SC] State Park Rapid n/a Kevin Miller
> 10 years Middle Saluda in Jones Gap [SC] Takeout or put in? 300 cfs wreeves

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User Comments

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August 3 2012 (2297 days ago)
Garrick TaylorDetails
Ran most of this section this spring. It does still require a permit and you will need your car tag
info and your driver's license number for the permit. Can take a little while to get it all filled
out and the run drops out super fast. Super tight little creek run. Lots of wood to be avoided and
portaged - stop to scout when on your way up. I would recommend at least 3 in the group. Have a
couple of folks paddle down while 1 is on shore for support. Boat down a short distance and rotate
spots while the shore support boats on down. We didn't finish due to a pin on some hidden wood in a
drop. Wasn't a bad situation but it could have been. High quality run that I can't wait to hit
again with a slightly larger crew.
March 26 2011 (2793 days ago)
x (1)
The Middle Saluda is now open to paddlers. Be sure to sign in at the Ranger station.
February 28 2009 (3549 days ago)
x (1)
Are you using the french broad gage to correlate the levels in cfs or does the french broad have to
be going huge.
September 13 2006 (4448 days ago)
x (1)
philippe, if i understand correctly what you are asking, the location of the upper trailhead, then
go past ceasars' head and past raven cliff falls parking. gated trailhead will be between there and
the state line, on right, kinda hidden at an angle. also a trail into the gorge down from raven
cliff parking, though steeper. backside of parking lot.

ew
September 4 2006 (4457 days ago)
x (1)
can anyone help me figure out where to start walkin down from 276 to access the upper section
May 10 2003 (5669 days ago)
wreevesDetails
I spoke with a ranger today and was told there were no problems with accessing the run but he was
unaware of many successful trips on the upper rapids.

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Lower bridge put inIIIPutin Access Photo
0.0The action startsN/APhoto
0.1Typical rapidIIIPhoto
0.4BlockadeIV
0.6Rock JamIIIPhoto
0.6Razorback5.0Photo
0.6Razorback second view5.0Photo
0.6Ledges outIIIPhoto
0.8The SlotIII+Hazard Photo
0.8Footbridge rapidIIITakeout Hazard Photo
0.8CleanupIII+Hazard Photo
0.9State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie)IV+Hazard Photo
0.9State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie) from belowIV+Photo
0.9State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie)IV+Hazard Photo
0.9State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie)IV+Hazard Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Lower bridge put in (Class III)

one mile bridge rapid

one mile bridge rapid
Photo of Brian Miller by Will Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 175 cfs

This is the put in for the hike up run.



The action starts (Class N/A, Mile 0.0)

1 mile bridge Jones Gap

1 mile bridge Jones Gap
Photo of Put in bridge by Mary Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 3.5 ft

After the put in bridge rapid the action starts right away.



Typical rapid (Class III, Mile 0.1)

First "big" rapid

First "big" rapid
Photo of Eric Paysen by Kevin Miller

About 100 yards from the put in is your first typical rock garden rapid. The easy line is on the left around the rocks and over a few drops.



Blockade (Class IV, Mile 0.4)

A serious boof with some undercut rocks and pinning potnetial.



Rock Jam (Class III, Mile 0.6)

a rapid in Jones Gap

a rapid in Jones Gap
Photo of Will Reeves by Mary Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 200 cfs


Razorback (Class 5.0, Mile 0.6)

Razorback - Eric 1

Razorback - Eric 1
Photo of Eric Paysen by Kevin Miller taken 06/08/03

Razorback is by far the most serious rapid on the river. Scout this one on the hike since you might not notice and stop until it is too late.



Razorback second view (Class 5.0, Mile 0.6)

Razorback on Middle Saluda (Eric-2)

Razorback on Middle Saluda (Eric-2)
Photo of Eric Paysen by Kevin Miller taken 06/08/03


Ledges out (Class III, Mile 0.6)

Jones Gap State Park

Jones Gap State Park
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 200 cfs

Below Razorback are a few ledges.



The Slot (Class III+, Mile 0.8)

Average Jones Gap rapid

Average Jones Gap rapid
Photo of Will Reeves by Mary Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 3.5 ft

Perhaps one of the more visable birg drops on the river. A good boof on river right.



Footbridge rapid (Class III, Mile 0.8)

Second foot bridge

Second foot bridge
Photo of Eric Paysen by Mary Reeves taken 06/08/03 @ 175 cfs

The final shoals before the first takeout bridge. Most people will continue downstream for a few more good rapids.



Cleanup (Class III+, Mile 0.8)

Rock Garden

Rock Garden
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves

After the slot the river keep going with some tight slots.



State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie) (Class IV+, Mile 0.9)

Upper Slot of State Park Rapid

Upper Slot of State Park Rapid
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves

One of the larger drops on the river is right across teh path from the Park HQ. This drop has everything: wood, no eddies, tight slots, and undercuts.



State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie) from below (Class IV+, Mile 0.9)

Downstream view

Downstream view
Photo of Will Reeves by Kevin Miller

View from below



State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie) (Class IV+, Mile 0.9)

State Park Rapid

State Park Rapid
Photo of Kevin Miller by Will Reeves taken 06/08/03

Final plunge of State Park Rapid



State Park Rapid (Boof and Boogie) (Class IV+, Mile 0.9)

An average rapid

An average rapid
Photo by Will Reeves taken 02/28/03 @ 300 cfs

View of the rapid a good flows




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