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Posted Oct 18 2012 1:38pm

Burnt Ranch Gorge of the Trinity River is a very special place.
Divinity abounds as this walled out gorge exudes positive energy in the form of rapids, steelhead, salmon, and even bald eagles.
Only 30 miles from the ocean and part of the Trinity Alps, beneath each of the largest drops rested 30-70 healthy and robust salmon and steelhead.
Whitewater paddling was diminished by the pure awesomeness of this place.


The subduction zone that is the Juan de Fuca plate smashing into and being buried beneath the continental plate is literally just miles from this place. The energy seems omnipresent even in flatwater. In the drops, you can simply get hammered.

Burnt Ranch Gorge

Fortunately ORT was blessed to have a race as an excuse to travel 9 hours to BRG. Paul Gamache has been coordinating this event for about 5 years. We finally made it down for it!

#2 was the finish line for the approximately 2 mile race.


500cfs meant swimmers got punished throughout the run.

The Law and Timber rockin a solid line in #2 en route to the win for rafts, and the overall title of the Vth Annual Western Whitewater Championship Series!!

The full race video…fast forward through the flatwater or endure 14 minutes of one stroke per second as we push the AIRE Super Duper through slots that a raft just aint supposed to go through:)

BIG thanks to Drew and Christie Eastman for keeping track of the points and managing the website for the WWCS this year!

Next Adventure of Portland will be the title sponsor of the WWCS in 2013. All participants can expect improvements in the areas of; timing, scoring, exposure, and prizes!

Darren Albright slides into his boat after securing the WWCS Men’s K1 title for 2012.

The scene at the bottom of #3. Burnt Ranch Falls. Once thought to be a Class VI. The entry to the bottom drop seen here was something special fo sho.

These California shredders pooled up at the bottom of big drops on the surface. There might be 50 or so fish just beneath them.

Trinity, #1, #2, #3, 3 flips in our twilight practice run the day before the race…

Paul Gamache has coordinated the Cal Salmon AND Burnt Ranch events for the past 5 years. He’s a great paddler and a very good friend.


Otter Boy pickin n grinnin for all those coming by for some beer love.

Big thanks to all the rockin people in Cali and the wonderful supporters of ORT!


sweet protection


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