water wacko's Submission - Entered on 7/8/2011 2:21:00 PM
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Headwaters to Queets Campground
Avg Gradient 100 fpm
Max Gradient 364 fpm
Play Rating (1-10): 0
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Minimum Recomended Level: 2500 Maximum Recomended Level: 4500
This is the big one, biggest one I've done. If you're thinking about doing this one know these are some of the hazards you may face: SNOW, predatory wildlife, deep tree wells, route finding, inescapable gorges. The hike will take longer than you think!! And why do descriptions for these types of runs have to be so cryptic? If you make it to the creek, you'll know what to do from there on out.
It's all about the access!! Take the Three Lakes trail from NF Quinault Ranger Station up to the low saddle, separating the Big Creek Drainage from Tshletshy Creek. Drop in to Tshletshy and make your way down to ~2300', putting in here. Watch for game trails. There is NO TRAIL WHATSOEVER once you hit snow on the Three Lakes side of the pass, or drop over the low saddle. Take a map!
Queets Campground, 7.2 miles downstream from the Tshletshy/Queets confluence.
Bring MORE food than you think you will need. Spring trips will offer the most predictable water levels, although Fall trips offer juicy flows they can be quite unpredictable as well. I recommend spring for your first trip.
What can I say, it's one of the coolest expedition trips going in this state!! I can't believe more people aren't doing this one.
Run Description [Season: Spring, Fall?? (maybe)]
It's hard to put into words, so I'm going to leave it vague as fleshed out descriptions of these types of runs only detract from the adventurous, unexplored nature these runs offer. Know this, the trip is spectacular and will test you in many ways, ways you hadn't thought of. Be wise in your choices, don't over commit when in the canyons and most of all, don't have a time line. Stay in there as long as it takes to have a great trip!! Don't rush through it. Because once you're at the take out, you'll wish you could paddle back up into that canyon.