Kimshew & South Branch Kayaking with Chaco Ambassador Rusty Sage
Posted On: Monday, July 02, 2012 - Chaconians
Recently, I had one of the best whitewater weekends I have ever had paddling the Kimshew Creek to Upper West Branch aka “Lower Stash,” totaling over 18 miles in length and dropping a total of over 3200 vertical feet in one day. This is one of the famed classics of California known for its relentless 30-40 foot waterfalls and difficulties in accessibility.
During the trip we attacked the South Branch of the Middle Fork. We paddled hard and experienced several tight moves throughout the run and finished off with a BANG! This run has one of the heaviest horizon lines that I have ever witnessed. Recently, someone called this section “the steepest section of whitewater ever run in a kayak” with its 120+ foot drops into the gorge.
Check out my video that I put together on this trip.