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Upper and Lower Jump Trip 4CIVR (Overnighter)

Two awsome jump canyons

• Lower Jump Trip on Saturday

• Upper Jump Trip on Sunday

IV rating: Most of us have done IV ratings but this will be ALL DAY in the water.  That means that lots of energy will be spent and everyone should be prepared with plenty of food, cold water protection, layers, and a headlamp.

Class C: This is a class C canyon due to moving water.  The water levels are down this year so the class C factor isn't as strong.

R rating: This canyon is full of jumps in the 10-25' range (but up to 35'), you must be willing and eager to do those.

Camping: We will camp at Black Rock Campground.  Please be aware that if you choose to drive up Friday night that you will be driving on this road in the dark.  I will be leaving very early Saturday morning.

Group Gear: 2x 200', 120' rope, webbing, rapides, first aid

Personal Gear: Cold water protection, optional PFD, dry bag, normal canyoneering gear, camping gear

Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a guide, this is not a guided trip.  You are responsible for your own safety.  This trip is a group of friends with a shared interest going out to have fun..

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  • Ian M.

    A whole lotta shenanigans were obviously going on in that there canyon! Great fun, the DSLR dried out and fired up so all was not lost. Thanks again Jason for putting this here adventure together!

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Ryan P


    1 · August 18, 2014

  • sam s.

    Great group and canyon.

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • sam s.

    I'm open to carpool if anyone is interested Please email me. I'm in Hacienda Heights and have room for one person.

    August 12, 2014

  • Nathan

    Is anyone planning to head up Friday and camp at Kirch Flats Friday night?

    August 12, 2014

  • Shane H.

    Hi guys, if the weather is anything like last week, sunny, 90's daytime, 70's overnight at Kirch, a 3/2 should suffice. In fact I was constantly letting in water to cool off, as was others, but ymmv.....Since you are doing lower on Saturday and Upper on Sunday you may want to consider staying at Kirch Campground the first night and breaking camp before leaving to do lower. Then after you do lower you can head straight to Black Rock campground to camp for Upper. This will save you about 2 trips along Black Rock Road vs staying solely at Black Rock Campground.

    August 4, 2014

    • Shane H.

      Be safe everyone!

      1 · August 4, 2014

    • Christopher

      Thanks Shane!

      August 5, 2014

  • Pam F.

    Hi Jason, I messaged you on FB, but no response. My email is pj[last name]

    July 31, 2014

    • Kim M.

      Hey Pam!!! Jason got your email (I saw it last night with him, hehehe). He was gonna call you today, but I know he was swamped at work, so hopefully he will get in touch with you soon! Miss you!

      July 31, 2014

  • Donald

    Sorry Jason I was asked to work the 16th

    July 22, 2014

    • JASON M.

      No problem Donald I understand how it goes

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Christopher

    Hi all. May I carpool with someone, preferably someone who will be there for the entire weekend and won't be leaving any sooner than after our run on Sunday? I can get dropped off to your location so no need to pick me up. Just need a ride to the canyons. =D

    July 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have never gone canyoneering. Is this something I can go on and learn?

    June 28, 2014

    • Suzy

      Yes, check the postings for upcoming events, Klaus posts them almost every month

      June 29, 2014

    • Klaus G.

      August[masked] .. nothing in the central valley .. just in LA.

      July 11, 2014

  • Deven

    I added some additional photos to show the possible variation in canyon flow here:[masked] The flow is generally dictated by the release rate from Blackrock Reservoir. If the water level is anywhere near breaching the top of the dam, stay out of the canyon. If they are going to open the chutes, stay out of the canyon. If it rains while you are in-canyon, there will be approximately 10-15 temporary streams coming into the canyon to add volume. If the rain is heavy, seek high ground.

    3 · June 30, 2014

  • Deven

    A word of caution on judging the accessibility of Jump according to Flow rates or River Stages...
    North Forks Kings canyon from top to bottom consists of: the Wishon Reservoir, Black Rock Reservoir, Upper and Lower Jump, Balsh Power Station, and then the Flow and Stage sensors near Dinkey Creek. Readings from the sensors can provide *some* indication of conditions, but they do not provide any *assurance* of the conditions in the canyon. The sensors will provide a picture of the flow exiting the Balsh PS damn, NOT the flow coming IN behind it, which affects the canyon conditions. If Balsh is shut and Black Rock is open, the conditions in Jump could change with NO indication on the sensors. Balsh can hold *millions* of gallons of water before breaching and affecting the sensors. Lower Jump Canyon conditions need to be reassessed at the drop-in point. They should look similar to this, which is around 6cfs:[masked]

    2 · July 1, 2014

  • Deven

    Lower Jump is a top-tier canyon. Advanced environment; do not underestimate its difficulty. There are over 45 drops/waterfalls requiring either rappels (up to 150'), jumps (up to 30'), slides, downclimbs, or circumvention. The rock is slippery and several pools have flow which can carry you over the down-stream lip if not navigated correctly. This is NOT a learning canyon. You need reliable C skills.

    2 · June 30, 2014

  • David D.

    Glad your trip got filled. The Jump seems to be the trip of the summer ;)

    2 · June 26, 2014

  • Donald

    This is in my backyard

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Christopher

    Thanks for setting this one up Jason! =)

    1 · June 25, 2014

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