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Tributary-Brush Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Kern River

Dropping 'The Big One'
Last drop in Triple Drop Triple Drop Rapid Last Drop on Brush Creek Turn here, park, and hike down to the creek Brush creek is steep!

Tributary-Brush Creek Video

Brush Creek kayak race Kern River Festival 2007
  • Raft on Brush Creek at 5.5 feet
  • High Water on Brush Creek
  • Tributary-Brush Creek Info
    Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
    Put In:  Brush Creek Heliport
    Take Out:  Mountain Road 99
    Difficulty:  Class V
    Gradient:  360 ft/mi
    Run Length:  1.2 miles
    Flow Information (phone):  Visual gauge
    Good Level:  ~0 on the gauge under the Mtn Road 99 bridge.
    Season Comments:  April, May, June
    Permit:  None presently required.
    Character/Similar To:  Steep creek. Lots of 6-10' vertical drops with one 15' drop. Many slides as well. This run requires class V skills but has class IV consequences.
    Hazards:  Several drops have rocks at the bottom. You must know where to be on many of the drops. It is recommended to go with someone who has been before.
    Water Craft:  kayak
    Land Ownership:  Public
    Wilderness:  Yes, this is a very tight little canyon that is not more than 8' wide in most places.
    Camping on River:  No, canyon is too narrow.
    Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 300 miles South of Sacramento
    Shuttle Logistics:  Take-out: To reach the take-out travel Northeast from Bakersfield on Hwy 178 about 40 miles to the town of Lake Isabella. Turn left on Hwy 155 to Wofford Heights and continue four more miles to Kernville. Turn left on
    Sierra Way and continue about 18.9 miles upstream to a large turnout where the road crosses Brush Creek.

    Put-in: Continue upstream for about .6 miles and turn right on Sherman Pass Road. Continue up Sherman Pass Road for about 1.7 miles and turn into the Brush Creek Heliport. A dirt road parallels Sherman Pass Road. The trail leading down to the Creek is about a hundred yards down this dirt road at
    the low point in the road. It's about a .5 mile hike to the creek.

    Towns near Tributary-Brush Creek Kayaking

    Bakersfield California
    Bishop California
    Kernville California
    Mammoth Lakes California

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