water wacko's Submission - Entered on 1/8/2011 8:57:00 AM
There is currently no Gauge Data on this stretch. Please Email us if you have details about a realtime gauge for this river.
Minimum Recomended Level: 700 Maximum Recomended Level: 1500
Hike in near Lake Cavanaugh through a maze of logging roads- be careful if you find an open gate that you don't get your rig locked in there. Thanks to Todd Gillman for the Beta. It still took some intiuitive bushwacking, to which Ben deserves most of the credit. We were able to trim the fat off the long length described in Bennett, putting in below the lengthy class II and other misc. log ridden boogy water described therein.
DOE has a real time gauge for this run: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=05C090#block2 Suggested levels are 700-1500.
I got to pick the brain of quiet local legend Jim Good, who ran it "back in the day", before it was publicized in the guidebook. He had some tales of high adventure regarding the run. Mostly remarking on how the 11 mile distance wore them down by the time they got to the action. OUr trip must have at least been cut in half: we had some brief pushy class III that built up into class IV pretty abruptly before the first significant scout.
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I guess when I read the description for Deer Creek in the back of the Bennett Book (the "other runs and adventures" section-just the title of that chapter is alluring, is it not?), an entirely different picture was painted in my mind's eye than what I actually found when I ran it w/ Ben in may of 2009.
We always talk semantics about the difference between a creek and a river, but I assure you: what we discovered was no creek. It was a full blown river. It has quite similar genetics to Robe Canyon, and is every bit as powerful, if not quite as intricate.
Plenty of large boulders, some big chunky drops, and the same silty Yoo-Hoo colored water masking the same kinds of manky subsurface rock found in Robe. And holes. Big trashy holes. Maybe this is where the Robe Gnomes come to court their significant others.
This run is best left to the intrepid local class V explorer. But come back to this page, and it is likely that this description will get fleshed out more. Or contact me if you want to know more about this overlooked run.