I hiked to the falls on this run today from Lake Russell. The map on this page shows the run starting at the spillway from Lake Russell, but until you get to the second dam there is nothing but completely flat creek. After the second dam, a little over a mile downstream from the Lake Russell spillway, its gets really steep for about a quarter of a mile. The first rapid is a huge slide probably 100ft long and dropping around 60ft. At the bottom there is a pool with and entire tree in the landing zone. Just around the corner after that is the next drop, a vertical 35ft falls onto rocks. Looks unrunnable unless more water changes things dramatically. Wouldn't be too hard to portage from what I could tell. After that there is one more smaller drop, about 8ft or so that looks clean and then things mellow out. The first big slide would be runnable with enough water and if the tree at the bottom was removed. However, all of this is on private property and any boating here would surely be considered tresspassing. If anyone knows if this has been run before, please post.
Do not hike off this creek till you reach the takeout ROAD! /The old mill road is privatly owned.
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2nd falls horizon line
First big slide from bottom
Tops of first slide
Dam before the falls
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