Little, West Prong, Tennessee, US
2. Confluence with Laurel Creek to the Y (West Prong of the Little River)
||III+ (for normal flows)
One can hike into the upper reaches of this run by starting at the West Prong Trailhead, which
begans at a parking area on the right as you arrive at the Tremont Institute. This section drops
250 ft/mile, so it is probably 3-4 smoky creeking with some wood in it, as it is quite small.
Starting at the confluence of Laurel Creek, the run has many quality class 3-3+ rapids, with
liberal sprinklings of wood, though all can be avoided at this time. Conditions change often
though, so scout the few spots that can't be seen from the road. The big drop is an 8 foot ledge
above the confluence with Middle Prong. It is slightly undercut on the left and there is a
piton/pin depending on the level, on the right. Straightforward nonetheless. This is something that
I would do when the Little is way high and your group is not up for the Class 4-5 steep creeking
that is blowing up elsewhere.
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Last Updated: 2008-03-30 21:32:45