Wednesday, June 23, 2004

West Cherry Creek

West Cherry Creek
(main river)

Days 3
Miles 9 (2 miles on main upper cherry creek at high ass water)
Vertical Drop 2600 ft
Level medium high
Portages many
Peeps Toby MacDermott, John Grace, Fred Coriell, Daniel DeLaVergne, Nate Helms

Fun Fact: The most scenic kayak-assisted backpacking trip in the Yosemite region.

Also a fun fact is the massive ash pit / mosquito den we walked through from Box Spring to access the Domes and eventually the river.

Camp on night three was made below the massive pothole gorge and found to be a timber rattlesnake den, we ran across 3 different fully mature snakes RIGHT in camp. Luckily no one had a wayward visitor in their bags that night.

Also of note was the flow on the Main Upper Cherry below the confluence with West Cherry. The flow was estimated about 1000 cfs with a gradient reaching the 250 fpm, and the words “Zambeziesque” was utilized to describe the raging flow within the riverbed. We portages 6 individual holes/ledges and ran “The Nozzle” in the bottom gorge. “Action” is about how we would describe the run.

here is some video from this amazing place
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