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Dinkey Creek, SuperDink "Infinislide" V

   One place with many names, the "Infinislide" section of "SuperDink" on Dinky Creek is the run that Dry Meadow Creek wishes 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 Whitewater also has a nice trip report of SuperDink and its various options. 
   Jonas Grünwald and I were on a mission: SuperDink in the morning followed by hiking into The Waterfalls of Dinkey that 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 following Kevin 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 minutes, and started 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 left side.

   I've heard the infinislide described as a fun, quarter 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!

Kevin 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 going...and going. 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.

Jonas Grünwald probing the first slide, which has the only pool until the bottom of the whole thing.

Kevin Smith on the same, with a nice downstream view.

   The amazing thing about the infinislide is that outside of the section 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. 

Jonas Grünwald making the one right on the right.

Slides above a larger sliding falls that looked like it would contain a hit but was quite smooth.

Kevin Smith entering the fastest, and best part of the infinislide.

You can attach this to the above image, because it's one fast long series of fun.

Jonas Grünwald on the same final slide, which ends in a great ten foot boof, and is much steeper than this image would have you believe.

The perfect ending to an amazing rapid.

   The whole slide was worth running, but the bottom third was truly 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 year 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 and an estimate of 200 at Dinkey Meadow. The water level seemed dead on perfect.

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