|Class:||I (III)||Put-In:||Northwest Rd (F.S. 208)|
|Gradient:||Take-Out:||Cranal Rd/County Road 60|
|Shuttle:||Delorme Gazeteer:||P. 23 B9|
|Links:||TOPO MAP||Primary Gage:||Takeout bridge (CR 60)|
|MAP||Required Level:||1.5', 220 cfs|
|TRIP REPORT||Required Level:|
|Optimum flow 4.0'. Thompson Creek is a narrow creek which flows
south about 2.25 miles until it meets Hubbard Creek. The combined flow of the two creeks forms the Sipsey
River. Below the confluence of the creeks, a long pool is encountered; this pool signals the approach of
the only rapid on the Sipsey head waters. The pool is dammed at the end with all the water funnelling into
a chute on the left side of the river. The chute breaks back slightly to the right at the base of the drop
with the rocks obstructing a straight through run. The total drop across the rapid is four or five feet.
The rapid is Class II at 2.0' and becomes a Class III at 3.6' (the highest level that I have observed). Below
the rapid, large boulders sporadically rest in the river and on the banks. Bluffs line the river down the
entire length. A trip up the first large feeder branch south of the rapid will reward the hiker with a spectacular
waterfall. The waterfall is about 1/8 mile up the branch and out of sight of the river. Just above
the Borden Creek confluence is a small feeder creek on river left; just paddle up the creek and you will be at
the base of Fall Creek waterfall. After passing the Borden Creek confluence on river left, it's just a short
paddle to the takeout.
As of 2/3/02, there are two log jam portages on Thompson and five log jam portages on the upper Sipsey portion of the run.