The rumors are not true--it isn't a gnarly run, in fact its mostly really fun class III-IV creeking, although it is extremely sensitive to flow. Indian Creek is amazingly high quality though. And if you want to scout or portage any drop, you have that option...up to a certain flow. That being mentioned, it flows rarely and takes a substantial set of storms to trigger good flows. Last year (2010) saw a good extended season and this year appears to have ample flows too.
Me and Fishbone at Put-In
Most of these pictures were taken with flows close to 100 cfs. It was bony, but manageable. I'd prefer 200 or maybe 300 if I had a solid crew, but it would depend if anybody knew the wood situation recently. That being said, this run is good enough that the loc's should keep some sort of tabs on it from now on...please.
Fishbone sticks another IK Boof Stroke
Although the creek is roadside, because it cuts into a small canyon it is generally not visible from the road. Wood Hazards were not an issue except for one sharp turn just below a "railroad flatcar" bridge where wood always seems to accumulate. you can see this from the road and the entry to the wood drop.
Here is Fishbone still well above that
And Sticking the drop
Lots of Slate Bedrock makes for some even bedrock ledges and east-coast style creeking. There is one rapid in the upper mile that should be portaged at lower flows due to pin potential, but forms a sweet boof as flows increase. Downstream you reach the Redneck Bend where perhaps the best continuous gradient lies.
Even further downstream is Scalpers, where a sweet boof leads into a pinch slide
And then Another Sweet Boof--at the "We Be Jellin'" Mining Claim..This isn't an 8 foot drop
Unless your nickname is Fishbone
But I have to seriously give my buddy some props for always givin' er! Here's to Fishbone!
To be honest the two times I've paddled this run, flows were low enough that I was ready to get out at this point. However, downstream the creek cuts into another bedrock canyon that is worth doing if you are hAving a good time and have better flows (~150). This makes for an easy access point if you are over it, however. Downstream from here to the bridge are more fun ledges and one spot where an old dam creates an interesting hazard that is negotiable.
Go get you some, Weaverville Locals...It's Flowing, so is Brandy Creek!