The Flumes of Paradise, a staple of the local community and a makeshift walkway to the beautiful swimming holes of the Feather River, were destroyed in the Camp Fire last week.
The Flumes are skinny waterways used throughout history to transport lumber. ore recently, they were used by outdoor enthusiasts to gain access to the Cable Pools along the Feather River near Paradise. Although the flumes have not been used over the past decades, they have become a local staple for Butte County Residents.
The below video was posted to Twitter showing the destruction at the Flumes:
At least part of the Flumes were taken out by the #CampFire flames. @rtovarg13 @c_alexander20 @joshcozine and I went down Dean Road in #ParadiseCA to try to see if the historical logging Flumes went #UpInFlumes @theorion_news This is what we saw: pic.twitter.com/Enf1v3nKNO
— Alex Grant (@AlexThomasGrant) November 17, 2018
It is unclear just how much of the historic waterway was destroyed, but that video shows that we will probably never see the flumes like they used to be. That video is even more shocking when you see just how beautiful the Flumes were:
As the devastation continues to mount in Camp Fire recovery efforts, more of these local staples will continue to be found in a destroyed state. First, it was the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge that was destroyed. Now, the Flumes. What next?
See what it used to be like hiking the Flumes of Paradise:
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine