water wacko's Submission - Entered on 7/17/2012 7:52:00 AM
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As you drive down from Barlow Pass the road will snake through an area where the lake is on both sides of the road, then the road twists right and away from the lake. Find a pullout somewhere in the next few hundred yards and walk the short distance over the small hill to the river. Alternately, if you want not start out with back to back intimidating moves put in a little lower just across from the Goat Lake trail head.
Take out a Forest Service bathroom near some camp sites. It's the only one and is just at the end of the goods.
Wood and sieves in places. Please scout. Meth heads cruise this place pretty hard.
The overall runnability and accessibility of this run is pretty good. Even the rapids that have wood still go. The road is within a hundred years of the river at all times.
Run Description [Season: Spring, Summer]
The Lower section begins as the SF Sauk pours out of Barlow Lake. Within a hundred yards you're at the first class V section. This first drop deserves a good scout. As it turns the corner a sweet runway of boofs lead down a straightaway to the next bend. More drops, some are pretty meaty. Once to the confluence of Elliot Creek the river eases back to IV+ for a couple of drops, then some channel spanning wood marks the top of Super Champ. Super Champ is a V+ cascade with several deadly sieves toward the bottom of the rapid. Followed by more excellent bouldery type drops. A half mile above the take out you'll come to Accelerator. This drop is at the bottom of some fun class IV boogie. Catch a large midstream eddy 20 yards above the lip, enter center going with the flow to the right then back to center. Boof. Boof. Boof. Booof. Boof. Boof. Plug. Boof. Boof. Fun boat scouting on this section mixed in with spicy big drops.