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GORGE SCRAMBLE TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

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Trip 10: End of the World, Middle Fork of the American River Canyon, Level 3 Overnighter. To see more Trip 10 photographs by Paul Plathe click here.

This outing begins just below an impassable 15 foot waterfall. This is also an old mining site with an old wrecker which sits just above the river supporting a heavy cable anchored on the opposite canyon wall. Access of this site is by logging road and a short bushwhack down to the bottom of the canyon.

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Scrambling down the canyon from the wrecker you are treated to many gorges possessing beautiful pools for swimming. The water temperature is such that a lightweight wetsuit is a good idea to have along.

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Day one is a long day and it is slow going from the start of the trip to where we will camp in the evening. Very slow scramblers may find themselves coming into camp near dark. The only good campsite is called Three Cedars and is our traditional camping place.

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Day two is considerably shorter, and equally scenic. Just down stream from Three Cedars is a stretch of the canyon maybe 300 yards in length that is a jumble of truck-sized boulders that must be negotiated. We usually go down the canyon on the far left side. For the rest of the distance to the exit point you are treated to consistently good pools and gorges.

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The last really great pool is within sight of the 230,000 volt transmission line going up and out of the canyon from Interbay Power House which is our point for exiting. On this particular trip we arrived at our vehicle about 2 PM leaving plenty of time to complete the long shuttle back, then returning to Sacramento.

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