Royal Flush

Royal Flush is a beautiful mess of a rapid. It’s pretty to look at, but you wouldn’t want to run it.

The rapid name was coined by Chuck Richards, one of the original rafting outfitters on the Kern. The rapid is choked with enormous boulders and large drops. At high flows, these boulders are massive, house-sized holes. At low flows, the drops become more pronounced and the sieves appear, especially with a pronounced undercut on river left.

Some people do run it occasionally though. Fast Eddy, perhaps the most well known river boarder in the area, runs it frequently above 4,000 CFS. Again, not recommended.

For information on the Royal Flush portage, click here.

Video of a kayaker going into the undercut. The video description says everything worked out.

The drone footage shows how turbulent this rapid is at high flows.