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Old 02-27-2012   #1
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Brush Creek, CA Questions

Can anyone give me a little information about Brush Creek? When would be the best time to make a trip out to the Kernville area? Any predictions where the level will be around late April? Any help would be greatly appreciated....

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Old 02-28-2012   #2
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We used to go out there every year for the Kern River Festival in late April. Brush Creek was pretty dependable that time of year but it was always scrapy. It is just that type of run. The run itself is pretty easy to figure out. you cross the creek on the road up the Kern and that is the takeout. Some people would walk the trail along the creek for the last section when it was particularly low. The put in is reached by turning at the next road that goes up to the left. Follow the road a few miles up to a large pulloff on the right. Hike down the steep hillside to the creek. The entire run is about 1.5 miles and usually takes about 45 minutes. plenty of fun though. You can also get to Dry Meadow but if the Road is closed above the Forks takeout it is a bit of an adventure to get in there. Forks is a good adventure too if the road is open. Plenty of sections of the Kern to run too including the steep sections below Lake Isabella. Check in at the shop on the river in KErnville for plenty of beta.


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Old 02-28-2012   #3
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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
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!!!!!

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I did a trip there a few years ago, it was super low, but a great time. I was just getting into yakin and it was a great intro to creeking. High water is always a different story though, shit gets burly. Dosn;t look like that would be a possibility this year though, check out the snow pack report

Snow Pack Conditions - Snow Water Content Chart

33% of average, I wouldn;t waste your time or gas money, it probably won't run. I would go Pac NW
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Old 02-29-2012   #5
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ouch.good call to go north. Hopefully I am going to Portland/ Hood River around 4th july...!

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2011 AIRE video contest winner. R3 down Brush! FUN

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^^ 6' looks pretty stompy. damn!

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