Editor’s note – This trip report was written by Hou Zhong.
We had a late start because Terry and I did not have a four wheel drive. We parked our cars after crossing the ‘dry’ creek and before starting up the hill. Then we put our stuff on Cliff’s Highlander. Six of us showed up (three camped inside the silo the night before). We started around 9:00 a.m., and everybody got down the ladder around 10:00 a.m. We headed to downstream Thunder river and turned around just past the Forevers around 1:00 p.m. due to rising water.
Everyone except Terry went to see Thunder Falls. We arrived at the entrance ladder little bit after 5:00 p.m. Everybody climbed up the ladder at 6:00 p.m. It was muddy and wet. Pretty fun for a rookie 🙂
The only indication of water level that I can remember is the ladder below Thunder Falls. I could see the bottom of the ladder when I got down, but the bottom of the ladder was submerged when I climbed up. I guess the water went up 4 to 6 inches. I think the current also was stronger when we turned around because of the higher water level.
I was lucky that my car successfully passed the ‘dry’ creek on the way home. Cliff Gill took lots of videos and picture. He probably has much better documentation.