The first 1.5 miles are through open valley past the homes and outbuildings of the farming community of Nonpareil. The rapids are primarily broken ledges of increasing height. At about 1.0 mile is a 4-foot ledge that has been run up against the left wall at higher flows. At 1.5 miles, the creek enters a steep, narrow gorge. The first drop entering the gorge is through a narrow slot with the flow smashing into the right wall. At low water, the drop was not undercut, but there is risk of logs wedged below the surface.
The drop can be carried on the right along an abandoned road. Below the first drop, the action is nonstop for 1.9 miles. The drops are tight, technical, and abusive to boats at low water. At higher water, the drops are technical and the action is fast. With sufficient eddies for scouting, none of the drops are blind. If one has time to notice, the gorge walls are near vertical, rising 40 to 80 feet above the creek, and the gorge has a wonderful remote feel. Below the gorge is 0.25 mile of relaxing water on which to unwind. Character: rural, narrow canyon.
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