SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I Got lucky enough to catch it on the tail end in july last year, did it twice at 1'.(bottom flow) also scared myself a bit on the Kern at 5g's
on the cables run. the Kern dishes up whatever you got the huevos for- all within a 30-40 mile radius. Class III,IV,V...waterfalls on Brush and Dry meadow creek, class V++ on the lower Kern, and lots of poison Oak. its also a an hour from bakersfield, so flying in isnt too far a reach, if you rent a car and bring your own gear/ boat somehow. its also @ 4hours drive from LA/ Orange County area, which is where I bailed from, on a visit to the wife's family. F#$% LA traffic. thats all i can say about that.
I would go back in a minute. Sierra South is the boat store in town, with local kayak instructors that i utilized to meet local paddlers. Kernville Brewery is boater owned, and the best place to hang at night. (very small town) lots of Free camping starting just north of town (upstream toward brush creek) boaters meet at the park in town- weekend mornings to rally a paddling crew. (helpful for me by myself)
Here is a little video of my first ever trip down Brush Creek- not so smooth,definitely looking pretty rookie.but it was rad that shannon filmed us the whole way. and it is rad to hit a non-life threatening run as a newer creeker. so different from the Southwest and Rockies!!! My first decent sized waterfalls.(and my first imovie edit...lol)
I have heard that cali granite 'pothole' pourover waterfalls are much more retentive at higher water so its more much consequential at high flows. (on brush creek 2.5' and up i would think.) its only a visual gauge, but you can call sierra south and hit them up to see if anyones gotten a visual on it recently. Also the Rivergypsies guide is invaluable for the whole...continent.
The River Gypsies: whitewater guidebooks, North America Whitewater Guidebook, US Whitewater Guidebook.
thinking about it gets me pumped for summer!!!!...oh wait, I am in new messico. oh well, still pumped!!!!!