Devil's Canyon of the Middle Feather is a three to four day self-support trip in Northern California that has been high on my list for about five years. This year Drew & I finally got a window of opportunity over spring break where we had the time off, the weather was looking good, and the level was just about perfect!
We packed up in Hood River, met up with Andy McMurray & Rob Bart, and headed south to pick up Michael Freeman & Nate Merrill in California. We put on the river pretty late in the afternoon the next day, but there was plenty of water and we made it through the first gorge with just enough daylight to find a nice beach and set up camp for the night.
The entrance to Franklin Canyon
Scouting the falls
McMurray running Franklin Falls
Rob lining up
Days two and three were really long, but we just took our time, scouted, set safety for each other, and portaged some of the big ones. It was so exciting to be able to experience such an amazing place. There were a number of great beach camps between the gorge sections and after paddling a loaded boat all day I slept like a rock.
Typical Middle Feather boogie water
Camp #2 at Hartman Bar
Pacific Crest Trail footbridge at Hartman Bar