Yuba South Fork Washington to Edwards
Despite a portage, this long scenic tour is the easiest run on the South Yuba, though it has several tricky class IV rapids, one potentially dangerous. In most years kayakers have sufficient flows for several months or more, although for rafters the flow window can be short or sporadic.
The run starts off with class II-III rapids thru hydraulic mining debris, with several powerful ledge drops interspersed. Just before mile 11 you encounter a >4 meter waterfalls, probably unrunnable due to sieves and rock debris (2010). There is a moderately difficult portage on the left, and an easier but risky low-water portage on the right. Below the waterfalls is a class IV-V rapid with recirculating eddy that claimed the life of kayaker Art Capacite in 1996 at 1200 cfs. In 2003 at a flow of 2050 cfs, kayaker David Edrington also died somewhere on this run.
To reach take-out, turn north onto highway 49 from highway 20 past Nevada City. In only .3 mile, turn right onto North Bloomfield road. After another .6 mile, turn right at a T intersection and drive downhill on a paved road to Edwards Crossing. Parking is available uphill south of the bridge.
To reach put-in from there, return to Nevada City, and turn west on highway 20, drive about 13 miles, turn north at the sign for Washington, and descend to this small friendly town on the river. The campground put-in is just before the historic district.
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