Characterized by its sheer immensity, massive wine-stained boulders and gushing waterfalls, the creek cuts a wicked gash through the chaparral covered hills scouring out a ragged drainage chute through bedrock reminiscent of canyons in the American Southwest.
My Dad and I did a 9 mile exploratory circuit on Tuesday, 12-28-10, after several days of decent rain. The previous afternoon, while out reconnoitering the area, we crossed paths with the fella from VC Canyoneering. He kindly gave us a detailed map and we decided to return next morning. We got a fairly late start leaving the truck at 9:30 and ended up getting back well after dark at 6:30.
We did a loop going all the way down the old road cut, then down stream a mite and bushwhacked up to the first cascade and up a slide area to the top of the waterfall, and on up the creek past the other two falls. We spent too much time at the waterfalls after getting to them late in the afternoon, due to our circuitous course, which when combined with time spent route finding, and otherwise standing around in awe of the landscape, translated into hiking the last two miles back to the truck by starlight.