Mono Creeks headwaters meander through a deserted wooded Alpine valley with spectacular mountain scenery. It is easy to scout and walk drops. The longest and biggest gorge comes early in the run and has several stout drops. As the gradient lessens some then the generally class III and class IV water is punctuated by ocassional classV drops and mini gorges. The first descent is thought to have been done by Rick Smith.
On June 15 2008 flows were ideal (250-300cfs). Comparable gauges might include South Fork Kings, South Fork Merced at Wawona.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Getting there: From Fresno, take Highway 168 to Huntington Lake. Take Kaiser Pass road to Edison Reservoir. Vermillion Valley dam forms Edison reservoir. Highway 168 is excellent and fast. Kaiser Pass road is narrow, pot-holed and slow, but very scenic. From Fresno, figure 1.5 - 2 hours to Huntington Lake then another hour to Edison Lake. Park on the boat launch or the beach of the Lake dependant on water levels.
Put In: Put in is approx 4 miles upstream from Edison Lake. To get there either paddle across the Lake (50 minutes with no wind) or take a somewhat pricy ($10) water taxi provided by Vermillion Valley Resort. When you reach the head of the lake hike along the good trail on river right as far as you want. At one point the trail climbs away from the river gaining 500 feet ff height over a shoulder before dropping back to the river. Put on somewhere near where the trail returns to the river, or continue upstream and into the unknown.....
Take Out: Either where the river hits the lake if you intend taking the Water Taxi home or continue across the lake to your starting point. Typical summer weather is a calm and still in the morning, but a headwind and choppy water in the afternoon, so the water taxi offers better value for the return.
Keith Kishiyama, Mono Creek, CA
Culley Thomas, Mono Creek, CA
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