Jump Canyon is a 4 mile 4CR-IV canyon requiring rappelling (possibly in falling water), jumping, down climbing, scrambling, and extended swimming. It requires 10-12 hours to complete. There are over 45 drops/waterfalls requiring either rappels (up to 150'), jumps (up to 30'), slides, downclimbs, or circumvention.
Located on the north-west side of Kings Canyon National Park about 60 miles (2 hours) east of Fresno, California. Canyon elevation is about[masked]ft.
A 10.5 mile, 40 minute car shuttle is needed. A 4mm+ wetsuit, life jacket (PFD vest), and dry bag are required. You will spend nine or more hours in and out of cold water. Jump is a serious canyon, not to be taken lightly.
NF Kings River flow is presently at 6-9cfs but PG&E can discharge from the Reservoir at any time. Participants should have at least a high-intermediate skill set and comfort with jumping, and rapping in a waterfall. This trip depends upon having a team of at least three participants who are experienced enough to accomplish it safely.
Stay overnight Wednesday at the Kirch Flat Campground area, 16.7 miles past Maxon Rd on Trimmer Springs, next to Kings River. (GPS: [masked], [masked]). From Kirch we will leave at 6:30am Thursday to drop off a shuttle vehicle at the Balch Power Station parking area. (GPS:[masked],[masked]).
We then drive 8.7 miles (25 minutes) up Blackrock Road from the Balch Camp river crossing to a gravel turn-off parking area and gate on the right for the hike in at 7:30am. (GPS:[masked],[masked])
60 miles (2 hours) from Fresno, CA
250 miles (4.75 hours) from Berkeley (San Fran)
255 miles (5 hours) from Burbank (LA)
627 miles (10 hours) from Phoenix, AZ
Please view the canyon topo map pictures here:
Limit 6 participants, plus waiting list.
@TEAM: two[masked]' ropes, one 120' rope, 60' webbing, 4-6 rapides, one set of ascenders.
@INDIVIDUAL: full wetsuit, neoprene socks, life jacket (PFD vest), dry bag, harness, helmet, descender, knife, prusiks, whistle, headlamp, screw-locking biners, PAS or 4' sling, food/water, and any other typical personal gear.
(Plus any other overnight gear like tent and bag if camping on Wednesday night.)
MEETUP/Carpool Locations, Wednesday May 15th:
Parking Lot behind (east of) Arbys, 5:00pm Wednesday
6410 North Blackstone Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
Kirch Flat Campground area, 7:30pm+ Wednesday
16.7 miles past Maxon Rd on Trimmer Springs
GPS: [masked], [masked]
(Camp here overnight. Drop off a shuttle vehicle in the morning at the Balch Power Station parking area.)
MEETUP Location, Thursday May 16th:
Blackrock Road Pull-off at the canyon start point, 7:30am Thursday
8.7 miles (north then east) from Balch Camp Bridge