One place with many names, the "Infinislide"
Dinky Creek is the run that Dry
it could be. Half as photogenic; ten times better kayaking. There is an
unfortunately short flow window for the Infinislide, and as luck would
have it, we got it. American
has a nice trip report of SuperDink and its various options.
Jonas Grünwald and I were on a mission:
morning followed by hiking into The
Waterfalls of Dinkey
evening for a quick descent the next day. Because of our time frame we
chose to do the hike & huck option.
Finding the put-in was no problem, we were
Smith who is
a logistic master, and, in this case, the logistics were easy. Off
Dinkey Creek road we drove up towards Dinky Lakes Trailhead, and made a
right turn at the only available road, which led down to the quarry
with lots of parking.
From the quarry we walked down the ridge for five
to lose elevation down the left side while moving downstream. Ten or so
minutes later and we could see a large log crossing Cow Creek and used
it to keep our feet dry, and continued to walk over the open granite
until we arrived at the bottom of Infinislide. In total it took is
about thirty minutes of hiking. Immediately it was obvious we had a
good flow, so we quickly ferried across and started hiking up the river
I've heard the infinislide described as a fun,
mile long slide,
so I expected it to be shorter as people tend to exaggerate. Coming
around the first bend I was stoked to see that the slide continued
farther than I expected. Sweet!
Smith and Jonas Grünwald
hike up the slide, we already
have a couple hundred yards behind us.
As we continued to hike I was amazed that it kept
Eventually we reached a tougher looking drop and set our boats down to
finish the hike up. The river continued up past another bend, and
eventually we reached an impossible waterfall, and saw a nice put in
ledge below it. Two of the drops looked a little dubious, but we knew
there were commonly ran so we geared up for some slip and slide.
Grünwald probing the first
slide, which has the only
pool until the bottom of the whole thing.
Smith on the same, with a nice
The amazing thing about the infinislide is that
immediately below the first falls, which has one right side move, the
whole thing goes left or center, which is really nice considering it
would be 10-20 moves to remember if otherwise.
Grünwald making the one
right on the right.
above a larger sliding falls
that looked like it would contain a
hit but was quite smooth.
Smith entering the fastest, and
best part of the infinislide.
can attach this to the above
image, because it's one fast long
series of fun.
Grünwald on the same final
slide, which ends in a great
ten foot boof, and is much steeper than this image would have you
perfect ending to an amazing
The whole slide was worth running, but the bottom
exceptional and we hiked it three times. It is just too fun. After our
laps we simply hiked right back up to the vehicles, which took thirty
to forty minutes. Hiking the actual slide took almost an hour, so all
total about the same amount of hiking as Dry Meadow Creek with many,
many more good rapids.
I can't see doing multiple days on SuperDink in a
because of its
remote location, but it is certainly worth a yearly pilgrimage and
should be high on the list if you have not done it. At our flow, if you
run the whole thing I'd rate it class V. Walking the section
immediately below the first slide takes the teeth out of it. We had a
flow of 400 on the lower
Dinkey Creek gauge
an estimate of 200 at Dinkey
water level seemed dead on perfect.