The East Fork Carson is a popular and scenic class 2 stretch, but it is more difficult than the rating indicates. The water is very cold, which can cause swims to lead to hypothermia. While the rapids are not difficult, they are non-stop in the early miles. The current constantly pushes towards one bank or the other and those banks are undercut cliffs in many areas. Constant manuvering is required to stay in the center of the channel.
People often take two days and camp at hot springs, but one day runs are also feasible. The run is popular for boaters with whitewater open canoes with float bags. (Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources)