below the portage Jonas stomps
Different angle, same drop. Time makes my memory hazy, so sorry on the
forgotten name, one of the Austrians fires away.
nondescript boogie led us to a
scout for the next drop, which
contains a popular swimming hole at higher flows. Our flow was low and
it was no problem.
enters the same beautiful slide.
At our low flow we found the river to be pleasant
run or boat
scout able rapids between the larger drops. There are really only a
handful of larger drops on the lower South Branch, but they are unique
enough to make it worthwhile.
nailing the tough boof.
Below the headless horseman we made a quick
is an easy
boat-passing affair on the left, unless you have high flows which
require an up and over poison oak trek. Below the portage the character
of the river changed. Bedrock was gone and the river was full of chunky
boulder gardens, one of which most of us portaged after witnessing our
probe take a brief pin.
We found an old boat after our second portage, and managed to pull it
from the river. Who knows how long this boat has been in here (or if it
went over Seven Falls) but it's a clear demonstration of the rivers
The chunky boulder gardens continue for a ways
one more transition, into two chunky slides, at the bottom of which
lies Milsap Campground and the take out. Is the lower South Branch
worth doing? Absolutely. Will I do it every time I do the South Branch?
No, not because of the portage but because of the extended shuttle (vs
river miles gained).
Check the upper
South Branch write-up
more info on logistics.