The Stout Feather

Credit: Sara James

The south fork of the feather river is nestled deep in the woods of the northern Sierras, and is a great place to find yourself during the fall season. With a reliable release courtesy of Little Grass Valley reservoir, a ridiculously stacked first gorge, and about 10 miles of class IV/IV+ that follows, it’s hard to beat. This year, due to the drought, flows on the South Feather were up in the air; however, we were pleasantly surprised with a release that lasted just under a month, which provided us many opportunities to get into one of my favorite day runs in the northern half of the state.

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