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Pigeon Point Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Trinity River

Hell Hole Rapid, class III+ at 2,000+ cfs

Pigeon Point Info
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Put In:  Pigeon Point Campground
Take Out:  Big Flat Campground
Difficulty:  Class III +
Gradient:  26 ft/mi
Run Length:  5.2 miles
Current Streamflow:  2300 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:45 AM - TRINITY R NR BURNT RANCH CA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500 - 5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Permit:  None required.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed National Forest and private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Many US Forest Service campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 220 miles Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put In: Pigeon Point Campground is located about 15 miles west of the town of Weaverville on California Highway 299.

Take Out: California Highway 299 closely follows the Trinity from Pigeon Point to Cedar Flat (mile 23.6) providing many alternate accesses. For the take-out at Big Flat Campground (mile 5.2), drive west from the put-in on Highway 299 until you get to Big Flats Campground. Below Big Flats Campground the river is class II+ until Burnt Ranch Gorge (class V). Burnt Ranch Gorge begins at the China Slide Transfer Station about 1.5 miles downstream of Cedar Flat access point.

Towns near Pigeon Point Kayaking

Arcata California
Ashland Oregon
Eureka California
Mt. Shasta California
Redding California

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