Very nice story and photos of the Independence Trail and Rush Creek Falls.
Unfortunately, Flume 28 was completely destroyed in the Jones Fire in August of 2018. I was very disappointed to find that out, as I have lived in the area for over 50 years and enjoyed many hikes on the Independence Trail.
I sure hope the flume can be rebuilt someday. It’s part of the South Yuba River State Park now.
I recently flew my drone down into the Rush Creek gorge to check it out, but the only thing left is the observation platform overlooking the falls, with no way to get to it.