The swift Creek trail is heavily used and a very nice trail, keep an eye out for the carnivorous pitcher plants and ladyslipper orchids.
After 3/4 mile of hiking, the gorge will come into view, and should be scouted in its entirety before dropping in. The ruggedness of the gorge will be immediately obvious, as exit would be extremely difficult and dangerous. Be extra careful to check the eddy below the 20 footer, and immediately above the portage. If you don't feel comfortable with catching the eddy, you shouldn't be dropping in.
Looking down the lip of the 20 with the eddy (right) and Elbow Cruncher (left)
Keep going up the trail and put-in below the bridge at an obvious campsite. There are several boulder gardens to warm-up, they are usually pretty chunky, as the flows should be low for the gorge. The first falls into the gorge has a nasty recirculating hole feeding into a cave behind it. Be careful with this drop, especially at higher flows.
The next rapid is mank, with wood in it. If you run the first falls, eddy out left and portage across this log.
Damon Goodman keeping his balance
Below the mank portage, is the crux 20 footer with the mandatory eddy. Right angle is mandatory coming off the drop, but the landing is green if you boof too hard right. I prefer to roll off the drop without so much as a stroke, just maintaining a right angle. The portage has been run, it is a slide into a crack, but not quite tempting enough for me.
Damon Goodman - Speed Blur
Orion dropping the 20 during a thunderstorm
Two more fun drops lead you to the final falls, exiting the gorge. This is run hard left, against the wall, and with slight left momentum to carry you away from the shelf bottom right. This one is definitely a plugger, and can also be a chunker as the flows get lower. If you have all day, this is where you get out and hike back to the top for laps on the gorge.
Bigfoot guide Chris drops the Final Falls
The paddle out is more steep boulder gardens and a small section of hydraulically mined bedrock with small slides and sticky holes. Check your take-out on the hike-in, I prefer to exit the creek where there is a large boulder on the left next to a bigger drop.