Update: Wood has often been a minor issue on Squaw Valley Creek into
the McCloud, but this last summer the Hirz Fire burned to the river's
edge. Fire fighters dropped hundreds of trees on the right bank of the
Squaw Valley Creek, and many of them are across the riverbed. We had
very low flow and only two log portages, yet ducked ~10 logs that would
pose significant hazard at higher flows.
No logs are on the McCloud yet, but a high water event could change that.
had 1500 on the gauge when we put in and 1300 when we took off. Either
the gauge has been recalibrated, or needs to be recalibrated as both
Squaw Valley Creek and the McCloud River were considerably lower than
on any previous trip I'd done, including one where the gauge read 1200
when we put on. I'd guestimate it was 1/3 lower than said previous
trip, if not half the flow.]