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Printer Friendly South Fork of the Kings River (Horseshoe Bend)

South Fork of the Kings River (Horseshoe Bend)


Stretch: Boyden Caves to Yucca Point (or continue through Garlic Falls)
Difficulty: Class V
Distance: 4.6 miles (plus 9.7 miles on Garlic Falls if you are so inclined)
Flows: 600-1,200 cfs (on Rogers Crossing Gage) 400-600 on South Kings Gauge. Current Dreamflows South Kings gauge and Roger's Crossing gauge
Gradient: 176 fpm average (285 fpm from Mile 1.0-2.0)
Put-in: Boyden Cave bridge on Highway 180
Take-out: Yucca Point trail or Garnet Dike Campground downriver below Garlic Falls
Shuttle: 6 miles paved road plus 2 mile hike out… or 95 miles and 3 hours one-way (but it is worth it!)
Season: Summer, at the end of the snowmelt. It is run after the Middle Kings, most years it will be the last naturally occurring run.
Written: © 2014
Featured in A Wet State #93 and Gareth Tate's video

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