August 16th, 2009

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Trip Report: June Creek section of Clackamas

Five of us ran this creeky upper section of the Clackamas today. There were no other boaters on the section. Soggy Sneakers says it is runnable when the Clack is above 3,000 CFS. It was 600 today, and still enough water. Yes, it was low. Lowest, busiest, rockiest run I've done in Oregon yet. I like it. I was happy to see the Oregon boaters working hard to get around some of those rocks. There are only maybe 8 real horizon lines, all smallish drops. The last one has a hole that would get considerably worse with more water. It claimed a swimmer today, low as it was. No one in the group knew names for any of the rapids. The biggest one looked pretty bad from the road, but from river level I saw a line so I ran it. One of the guys ran it behind me. The other three portaged. It was shady in there and I had a hard time getting good photo eddies at some of the drops....and the group was moving fast enough that I couldn't get ahead of the group. So lots went unphotographed. I didn't care. I had lots of fun. We stopped on river left at Austin hotsprings and I sat in the steam tent. The spring was too hot to touch. =-]
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