Tuolumne, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|TUOLUMNE R AB EARLY INTAKE NR MATHER CA|
|usgs-11276600||200 - 600 cfs||V||01h25m||7280 cfs (too high)|
Messages at Boof.com imply that this section has had exploratory descents, but otherwise
there has been very little information about this section of river. It was kayaked in 2008
and a trip report is linked below.
Aerial photos on the map tab show that much of this section is low gradient separated by usually short sections of falls or cascades. One long section of boulders and cascades squeezed between major cliffs, appears to be a significant obstacle.
Take out: Early Intake is only a few miles away from Holm Powerhouse, the put in for the regular Cherry creek run. From Highway 120 near Colfax Spring, find the Cherry Lake Rd, (Forest Rd 1N07). It is unclear if the best take-out is on the small reservoir at Early Intake or upstream near where the road makes a switchback.
Put in: From the take out, backtrack a short ways to Forest Rd.
1S02, Mather Road. Take this road east through Mather to Hetch
Hetchy. There is a parking lot near the dam. From the dam side of the
parking area, a dirt road leads back downstream to a bridge over the river.
This road may be gated.
Other Information Sources:
Poopenaut Gorge Trip report by Darin McQoid, 2008.
HETCH HETCHY: Panoramic Photos of Hetch Hetchy from the dam and nearby.
Restore Hetch Hetchy An organization working to remove the dam and restore the valley of Hetch Hetchy.
Photo Tour of Hetch Hetchy By Betsy Malloy at About.com
ACTION ALERT–Help to open Yosemite to boating!
February 8, 2013
Paddling in Yosemite–Comments Due April 18th
April 2, 2013
5th Annual Paddle to the Sea with Tuolumne River Trust
April 29, 2013