CREEKING, Santa Ana River, Log-on, Log-off

Santa Ana River, Log-on, Log-off


This intimidating rapid would probably be awkward to portage. Steep, polished granite bounds the drop on both sides. At low flows it would probably be possible to slide a boat off the river left side of the final drop and jump in after it. At higher flows it may be hard to scout or portage. The crux of the rapid is a steep six foot high chute that funnels the current directly into a slot and headwall, forcing an abrupt turn to the left. In the Spring of 1997, a small diameter, but potentially very dangerous, log was firmly wedged at the bottom of the chute, aligned with the current, with its downstream end jammed on the bottom of the far wall.


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