This run is typically referred to as the best run in the Smith drainage, and with good reason. The gorge itself is fairly short, but still has more rapids than the the other main gorges. It may even have more good class IV rapids than the North Fork. Considering how rarely I hear of people running this section, I was amazed to see how large the flow window was. I would estimate our flow to be 1300 to cfs at the put-in and the gauge read 5800 at Crescent City. I thought it was a pretty reasonable first-time flow but wouldn't want to go much higher. I think lower flows would be fine on this gorge.
To reach the take-out, turn off Hwy. 199 on to the South Fork Road. Follow the road about 12 miles until you reach the fourth bridge over the South Fork called the Stevens Memorial Bridge. Be careful with maps because the gazeteer omits two road bridges near Rock Creek. Drop a bike or shuttle car at the turn-out at the upstream end of Stevens Bridge. This is also the put-in for the main South Fork run, which sucks by the way.