The boulder gardens would have been epic with flows of
had far less then that, and it was not exactly rock dodging; it was rock bouncing. Eventually we worked out way past
Ah-di-na campground, an alternative put-in. The gradient mellowed out, and
character changed to class II-III for many miles. We hoped to push past the
confluence with Yét Atwam Creek (formerly Squaw Valley Creek)
the first day, but wanted to camp in
the last bit of sunlight too. There is one small patch of public land
in this section of the McCloud River, and thankfully it's pretty easy
to find; there is only one vehicle bridge over the Lower McCloud, and
the public land is about a hundred yards downstream, on river left,
immediatley downstream of Claireborne Creek on the left.
2019 Trip, public land with a nice bench for camping on.
upstream, the McCloud contains miles and miles of rapids like
this above the Yét Atwam Creek confluence.