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Pilchuck River    1-Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel™ ©
Class III+(IV)

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County : Snohomish
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from PILCHUCK RIVER NEAR SNOHOMISH at 7/15/2020 3:18:36 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
PILCHUCK RIVER NEAR SNOHOMISH n/a 10  129 cfs  USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:45:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  900 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  2000 cfs 

  Putin Details

From the takeout, To get to the put in road, drive 0.7 miles back toward Granite Falls to a large gravel turnout / road on the East side of the Menzel Lake road that is gated 100 yard off the pavement.

To get to the putin, hike about 4 miles up this gravel road. Just stay on the main road, itís pretty obvious and donít make any turns and youíll soon see the river off and on during your hike. One putin just upstream of the gorge is at coordinates: N48 01.969í, W121 50.867í It took us about 2 hours to hike from the car to this putin.

  Takeout Details

Head through Granite Falls on Hwy 92 and turn right on S. Adler Ave. At the Tee with E Pioneer Street, turn left. E Pioneer becomes Menzel Lake road. Drive 5.5 miles from this intersection to the bridge over the Pilchuck River. This is the takeout. There isnít any parking right here so itís probably best to just leave the cars at the putin.

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 As of 4/22/2013, there was no channel-blocking wood but lots of wood on the sides that would be bad to swim into. Hike in is easy and quiet, as the road seems to be closed to all motors. - Posted by: TomMarley on 5/2/2013 6:19:00 PM -  [Remove Alert]

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  Fun Facts

There is a great canyon that is an exellent intro to creeking for III+ / IV- boaters.

   Run Description

Note: Run Description based on flows of about 1140 cfs.

Put in on moving class II water and soon youíll see the canyon walls close in on you and come to a fantastic Class IV- gorge. There are plenty of eddies to boat scout from or to jump out and look. At higher water, the eddies will get smaller and youíll want solid Class IV skills in here. There are several good rapids in here and itís tough to not smile the whole time in the canyon.

The river mellows out to moving class I/II water after the canyon. Enjoy the nice float and the lush forest scenery. After a while, youíll come to some easy III rapids to pick your way down. Shortly after these rapids, the river pools up above a dam. Portage on the left. Itís a nasty hydraulic at the base of the dam so donít attempt to run it.

1/8 mile after the dam is the takeout bridge over the river.


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