us, we headed up to the Northern Peninsula and Cloud River. The Cloud
is high on our to-do list, but our attempts to secure a float plane
have been stymied by the pilots lucrative and steady business with
Eager eyes looked at water levels on each brook we passed while
driving, but everything looked low, and when we swung into a pull out
by Doctor’s Brook I had given up hope of getting on the water
for the day. To my surprise the Doctor’s Brook was a little
juicy. The stream bed had plenty of water in it, and a large slide just
upstream from the highway crossing.
checked the topo for gradient, geared up and started hiking. We
started off through some light brush, and were surprised and pleased to
find a trail after a few minutes. The trail held strong for about a
kilometer uphill, and then braided out and disappeared into forest and
“tuckamore” that consistently thickened.
probably still smiling while deep in the tuckamore.
With much of the day already spent driving, we only had
two hours to
hike, and unanimously decided to put on the river at three in the
afternoon. Great views in a small clearing before going back in to the
thick of it. Jesse Coombs,Joel
Steep slippery slopes led back down to the river, and
sliding in we
were surprised at how quickly the brook moved. With consistent gradient
and a wide river bed the Doctor’s Brook still had plenty of
eddys, and class II rapids leading into blind horizons prompted several
scouts revealing superb ledges and a few long rapids with big holes.
This was the warm up run we were looking for! It only took fifteen to
twenty minutes for us to reach the top of the
slide we had seen from the highway, running one big IV+ rapid and
several fun class IV ledges. Nothing was too consequential, but a swim
probably would have been long. From above it looked quite intimidating
with a wide and tall horizon
line. Dane Jackson was fired up about the slide and probed it with a
great line down the middle, sneaking the large bottom hole on the left.
picture does it no justice asEric
up the big slide of Doctor’s Brook.
decided to go big and ran right,
a line involving a more complex
entrance with a monster hole, and leading right into the large bottom
punching the bottom hole.
at the lip view does it more
Below the slide only a few mellower drops continued down
to the bridge,
where we opted to paddle straight into the ocean, a new experience for
all of us.
and Ben take her home.
Finishing up the Doctor’s Brook the group was
elated. We had
water here so we scouted the maps for more local goods, sure to get
some the next day with our high motivation.