water wacko's Submission - Entered on 5/2/2012 10:49:00 PM
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 5/17/2013 9:17:10 AM)
A new gauge is up on the SF Sky @ Skykomish. Please post recent trip beta here until we get levels dialed in a bit.
Putin is 4-5 miles up the road that gets very close to the creek.
Takeout is the bridge over Eagle Creek a short distance upstream of the confluence with the Beckler.
Flow in creek on 2011 run: 200-300 cfs. Skykomish at Gold Bar: 6000cfs flat. SF Skykomish: 5.85 flat.
Can gauge flow on river right at bridge over Eagle at takeout. Water was right at the level of the bottom of the horizontal log that is the bottommost support of the bridge. I would call this ideal flow: higher water would pad out a lot of the drops, but it would make the bigger drops less runnable.
Run Description [Season: ]
Eagle Creek of the Beckler River is a difficult, exploratory-style run in the Skykomish Drainage. It has only been run a handful of times, and you will understand why it has remained obscure when you put onto this creek. The whitewater can be characterized as steep, manky and wood-filled, although there are a variety of fun drops interspersed among the portages. Highlights include a slidey twenty-five foot waterfall followed by a stacked series that includes a boof, slide and waterfall. In the final few miles there are four waterfalls over thirty feet tall. One lands completely on a house-sized boulder. The other three appear to be at least marginally runnable, although each has its own safety concerns.
On a run in May 2011, we put in a few miles up the road, right above the slidey waterfall, and paddled all the way down to the Beckler. In 2006, a group put on farther up and then hiked out midway. Three good rapids are reported to be above the slidey waterfall. Later that year, a group filming for the film Twitch (5?) ran the middle section and hiked out above one of the big waterfalls.
All-in-all, this run is a lot of work with too few enjoyable drops to be considered worthwhile. That being said, it contains three large drops that may appeal to a certain type of paddler. Getting in and successfully running them would take an extraordinary crew with a high tolerance for mankiness and sketchiness. Some paddlers might find it worthwhile to put on and paddle through the slidey waterfall and drop below, and then hike out. That section can be scouted by scrambling down from the road. Accessing the lower drops would be more strenuous because the river bends farther from the road in its last few miles.