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Old 04-01-2014   #1
B'ingham, Washington
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So it looks like I'm going to be spending my summer on the Trinity River.. I have rafted and guided the main commercial section dozens of times and kayaked the Hayden to cedar flat section as well when I was there 4 years ago. I will be guiding and bringing my kayak and was hoping to set burnt ranch gorge as a by the end of summer goal. It would be my first truly advanced run, with the most difficult run I have done previously being lower Clear Creek town run during the floods. Any additional helpful info would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 04-01-2014   #2
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Sounds like a great way to spend the summer. I ran Burnt Ranch Gorge last year @ 1260 cfs. Considering the put-in description said put in by the dump, I wasn't expecting much in terms of scenery, but it turned out to be a beautiful canyon with a ton of fun rapids and it apparently has a really long season. At our water level it seemed like most of the rapids were in the IV+ to V- range. The Vs had some choices of sneak or meat lines. It seemed like most everything was portage-able as well, though one involved an interesting seal launch. Though a few hazards existed, for the most part it struck me as a relatively safe run. I think in the summer after runoff it tends to be below 1000 cfs and generally easier.

I'm not sure if the section of clear creek you're referring to is the what's typically called lower clear creek (i.e. from the green bridge down), but if it is, then your goal is probably reasonable. It seems like that's the local go-to run, so I'm sure you'll figure out what's appropriate from people around there.
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Old 04-01-2014   #3
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BRG is great. IMO it is really class IV sneaking the three V's in the low summer flows.

Just hook up with some locals from Arcata and they will show you the lines. Like KCS said it is a really cool cayon.

I don't know when you are going to get there but you should also hit up the Klamath (All summer), the Cal Salmon (Spring/Very Early Summer).

Its going to be a dry year so there will be alot of traffic on BRG (It will be the only thing going) so finding a group should be easy.
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Old 04-01-2014   #4
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So the section of clear creek I did we put in just below that diversion dam portage thing and went through to the play park. I think it was just more difficult becaus the flooding flows made it continuous and pretty pushy. But hopefully I can get on some of those although the owner of my company said that because of drought conditions and other factors only the Trinity was going to have much of a season. The good thing is I would be living on the property of the guide company (Redwoods and Rivers). So in addition to the few rafting friends I met a few years ago, other paddles frequently pass through from Arcata and spend a week or so hanging our on the property. It's pretty hard to pass up, all they require for me living there is 8 hours of work on the property per week + 50$/month I assume to contribute towards food.
Thanks for the timely responses friends
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You might want to join the facebook group arcata whitewater kayakers. There's posts from people heading to brg pretty often.
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