Exploring Cache Rapids on the Barron River.
2018 May 23
Our original intent was to start at Squirrel Rapids and paddle upstream on the Barron River through the Barron Canyon and return. But it was too windy for that to be a pleasant paddle. So we improvised.
We spend most of our time photographing the southern channel of Cache Rapids. The access is via the upstream end of the rapids. (It might be possible to do it starting at the bottom, but we know that the obvious route, working your way upstream along the shore doesn't work. Perhaps somewhat away from the river ... ) The ground on the south side is very rough; lots of broken rock, discontinuous rock ridges and downed trees. But we felt that the hard work was worth it. (We would love to see some lidar images of this area.)
On our lunch break, we decided that rather than fight the wind paddling up to the canyon, we would return to our vehicle and check out the small pond east of the Achray road less than a kilometer beyond the Squirrel Rapids parking lot.