little locals run is rain fed and flows into the
Sacramento River near the Sims exit off I5, right below "Mears Creek
Falls aka Triple Drop". The run we do on it is short and fun with
quality class IV-IV+ creeking with one larger rapid. This rapid has a
somewhat technical entrance with a 5' ledge that needs to be boofed
with your boat landed angled left to avoid pitoning.
boogied on for a while, then Jon's new Grateful Heads helmet
unclasped while he was rolling and took off. It eventually continued on
under a creek wide strainer, the only portage of the run. We traded
helmets back and forth, and eventually came to a tunnel under the
freeway. After the tunnel of love is this long rapid:
leads into the
run is fed by rain and needs quite a bit to get going, more than Slate Creek.
It's short but has good bang
for the buck.
Take-out: I5 to Sims road exit. Head downhill to
bridge over the Sacramento River, park on river right.
Put in: Turn around and head back towards the
going straight past the on-ramps, and take "Fat Bear Way/Mears Creek
Road" (signs say
both) drive up as far as you can and put in.
As of 4/1/06 Mears Creek has acquired a new log jam just before the
tunnel of love. At low flows we were able to duck (sketchy) on river
left. High flows will probably go over the logs, but they could be bad
at medium flows as the creek wraps around a left hand turn into the
logjam and tunnel.