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North Fork Trinity River Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Trinity River

North Fork Trinity River Info
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Put In:  Hobo Gulch
Take Out:  Bridge on Hobo Gulch Road
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage 2
Gradient:  Average 104 fpm, Highest 190 fpm
Run Length:  14 miles
Current Streamflow:  9490 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:00 AM - TRINITY R A HOOPA CA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500 - 1,000 cfs, Optimum 800 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this river. This usually runs when the Trinity River at Hoopa gauge reads between 3,000 and 5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs during the spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This river runs through a very remote canyon and demands undivided attention from put in to take out
Hazards:  Very remote canyon, steep continuous gradient, one class V rapid after another, 2 mandatory portages
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 236 miles (4 hours 40 minutes) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: On Route 299 go east past Big Bar for 8 miles. Turn on the road that goes up the North Fork Trinity near Old Helena. In 1 mile you will cross a bridge, this is the take out.

Put In: At the take out continue up river on the road, in 2.5 miles turn onto the large dirt road called Hobo Gulch Road. Drive up this road to the bridge over the North Fork Trinity and put in there.

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