Brush Creek, a tributary of the Kern River in CA, is one of the most incredible stretches of whitewater around. It drops about 450 feet per mile, but is suprisingly managble. Lot’s of fun drops in the 5-20 foot range. Big fast slides. It’s just so good it has to be experienced. I did a bunch of runs over a few weekends in May, and even stopped to take some pictures.
As an interesting note, my first run on Brush Creek is one of the oldest kayak stories on this site. I remember being led down it, and finding it fun, but it seemed so big, so “extreme”. (I hate that word, but it works here). I’ve paddled a lot of rivers over the last 7 years or so, and Brush no longer seems big. But it’s still awesome. One of my favorite miles of whitewater.