There is not a lot of call for kayaking in Mammoth Lakes, California. In fact if you do a google search the only thing you can find is lake kayaking. I have been looking at this section of Mammoth Creek for a while just below Sherwin Creek camp ground. Lets call it the Valentine Run. The creek runs adjacent to some old Indian Ceremonial Caves near the Valentine Reserve, and is a really special place. There was a lot of dead wood in there and it required a bit of work to get it runnable. The run starts with a very aggressive put in under a low hanging tree. Make a hard drive to the left to avoid being flipped by the undercut rock on the right and immediately go into a 15 foot steep rock slide lets call this one roller coaster. Smash the last hole and line up for the boof. Avoid the rock on the right lets call it shoulder rock. (that consequentially flipped me on my 4th run and caused a severe shoulder dislocation.) And drive right for the next drop. If you can't make it right don't miss your boof stroke. After the 3rd drop start looking for some low hanging branches as a marker for the take out. Don't miss the take out because there is a river wide death strainer just below. All in all Mammoth Creek could easily become a classic white water run. Just below where I took out is another beautiful 7 ft waterfall that would take some work to make runnable with all the dead wood. This could be a shuttle by car run, but is currently a 1/4 mile long rapid that has to be hiked. This is a full on run at these levels and should never be attempted unless you are an experienced boater. It is fast, shallow, and full of hazards. It should never be run without scouting the entire thing for wood. Note: I have found no documentation of a prior descent. If this has been descended prior to this year please feel free to reach out.
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