Jesse Coombs. May 8th, 2008.
Taylor Robertson runs Kimshew Falls. May 28th, 2010.
Gareth Tate, May 13th, 2019.
Chris, Taylor and Jesse below Kimshew Falls and above the bedrock
section. May 8th, 2008.
Grunwald in the bedrock
section. May 28th, 2010.
Below Kimshew Falls the next
quarter mile is unbelievable,
waterfall back to back until triple drop.
Gareth Tate. May 13th, 2019.
Pedro Oliva, "Chicken f-cker" slide above Triple Drop. May 8th, 2008.
Triple Drop is the most commonly portaged rapid on Big
Kimshew Creek, and it's a massive slide dropping over several tiers and
then into the wall, making a hard left turn and creating an inescapable
eddy on the right. Ben and Chris gave it a good scout before deciding
to run it.
This slide is steeper and longer than it looks. Ben Stookesberry. May 8th, 2008.
From the top I could tell that Chris liked it, and I’m sure
Ben’s smooth line didn’t hurt.
Chris Korbulic giving ‘er one last look. May 8th, 2008.
Chris Korbulic at the top of Triple Drop. May 8th, 2008.
Not getting as far right in the entrance as Ben, Chris ended up in the
eddy on the right. Thankfully Devin had set safety before hand and was
there to help Chris out of the eddy.
Good safety, Devin Knight helping Chris Korbulic. May 8th, 2008.
Looking back up and evaluating his line. May 8th, 2008.
While the rest of the group
finished portaging Tripe Drop, we paddled
with speed down through several narrow sticky slot drop holes and a few
great slides that are between Triple Drop and Frenchys.
Jesse Coombs, typical Big Kimshew read and run. May 8th, 2008.
Devin Knight enjoying some scenery…May 8th, 2008.
The lead in to
Frenchy’s 40 is every bit as large as the
drop, and a it’s right at the
a tricky forty footer, making it a common portage.
We all portage around the lead in, and a few of
to run the
waterfall while some walk. Frenchy’s 40 is a tricky drop,
wall is only ten to fifteen feet from the landing, and while
temping drive hard left, doing so involves a auto boof flake into green
water, a hit taken yesterday that Ben described as one of his
Jonas Grunwald charges over Frency's Forty. May 28th, 2010.
Taylor Robertson leading the
charge over Frenchys. May 8th, 2008.
Devin Knight hitting the ideal line on the forty footer. May 8th, 2008.
Chris Tulley, May 11th, 2019.
Watching Taylor, Devin and
Jesse style Frenchys, I decided I was
motivated and seal launched in from river left, ferried across and
locked in. Following Devin’s advice, I left the eddy high up
came down just left of center, pulling up my right knee about halfway
down the drop, plugged in deep to the soft pillow and resurfaced
upright with a huge grin.
Moore enjoying some nice Big
Kimshew scenery. May 30th, 2019.
Even though the waterfall seems like the end of
significant drops lie below it, including one portage around a very
sticky hole that has been run. The scenery on Big Kimshew Creek is
amazingly diverse, from pure California scoured granite to West
Virginia dense forest overhanging the river, it seemed to have it all.
Eventually we came around a corner and eddied out with our takeout
bridge in site, a site for sore eyes and muscles. The last drop on
Kimshew is as classic as the rest of the run, a nice fifteen to twenty
foot falls, boofed melting into a fold. (Note, it changed in 2018/2019 and has a hidden pin rock, it's best portaged).
Devin Knight finishing up a great day on Big Kimshew. May 8th, 2008.
Chris Gabrielli, afternoon light & delight. May 8th, 2008.
On the whole Big Kimshew is
a classic for class V boaters, but expect
to walk away tired and quite possibly sore from taking a few hits, we
had three swims, two broken paddles and one broken boat with ten people
on the water. Shuttle logistics if by some miracle the gates are open; Take out: Get on
the Skyway in Paradise headed East. Near the edge of town, at a
stoplight, make a right turn on Coutolenc Road. Follow Coutolenc Road
for .5 miles until an unsigned right turn onto Jordan Hill Road (dirt).
There is a "Road not County Maintained" sign. Follow the rough dirt
road downhill until you see Whiskey Flat Bridge. Park where
appropriate. From Whiskey flat bridge backtrack to Skyline and make a
right hand turn. Proceed ~10 miles to Sterling City and make a right on
Reston Road (unsigned) towards Menlo Park (signed). Pass Menlo Park and
stay to the left when the road forks. Continue on Reston Road but stay
right on "R Line" when Reston Road turns to the left. Follow
Line for several miles until you see a sign
for “200R”. Make a right turn on 200R and
until the obvious overlook. Park in the next wide area to put in at the
Island Portage, or continue up to where the road meets the river.
The flow window is short, and it generally flows during
the peak of snow melt in May. In most years look for the flow
to be 500-700. Update for 2018/2019, best ideal flow seems to be between 750-1050 on the gauge.
Things change: As of 2012 there are two gates on the road to put-in, as
well as one on the road to the West Branch Feather and Big
Kimshew Creek confluence. Thas means no access until the situation
Marnics finishes a beauty on the Secret Stash. June 28th, 20011.
No matter which way it's done, you need a high clearance car to get to
put in, a Subaru can't do it. A stock Tacoma is ok but may lightly
bottom out in a muddy section.
Option 1: Hike out at the Big Kimshew/West Branch Feather confluence
with a long shuttle. 3 miles uphill hike to Sterling City, pretty
steep. Looking downstream at the confluence bridge, you hike to your
right. After ~.5 mile there is a side road to your right. Take this,
the well traveled route is about 5 miles long but not as steep.
Option 2: Hike out at the Big Kimshew/West Branch Feather confluence
with ~2hr less driving than the other side. Longer hike out. Looking
downstream at the confluence bridge, you hike to your left. Its about 5
miles to the gate.
Option 2: Paddle the Secret Stash down to Whiskey Flat. Very rough rocky road down to Whiskey Flat.
Option 3: Paddle to Dean Road. 3 more miles of class III-IV but it's a
decent road to take out. Make sure you scout the actual take out on the
river or you'll paddle right on by.
To get to the river: Drive up Concow Road to Little Kimshew Creek, put
on about 100' downstream of where the road crosses the creek. Bash
willows and run low volume stuff for a ways. When you get to the huge
slide, take out on river right. Hike up the hill, trending to your left
until you cross a faint trail. Follow this trail downhill, until it
hits a flat wooded spot. Follow the faint trail away from the river,
keeping an eye to your left as you go up the flat ravine, looking for a
steep trail through the brush. Follow steep trail through the brush, it
climbs to the top of the little ridge. On top of the ridge go to your
right and onto the old railroad grade. Follow the railroad grade
through one steep ravine "the big dipper". After the "big dipper" stay
on the trail until the next ridge. Follow that next ridge down to the
Little/Big Kimshew confluence and put on. After putting on the river
makes a split pretty soon. DO NOT take the right channel, it goes into
a mining cave.