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Rapid 1/13/18

Rapid
Class: IV      GMap
Road end to Beckler River
Trip Date: 1/15/2018
Written on: 1/15/2018
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Ran this on 1/13/2018. Rapid: 1000cfs (AW Virtual), Beckler: 2300cfs (AW virtual), SF Sky at Skykomish: 2500cfs and dropping. Skykomish at goldbar 11000cfs (Rain fed, not snow melt). This was certainly a below recommended level (especially at the top), but we were able to get down from 3rd bridge to the beckler with out too much boat abuse. There were 2 log jams on the outside of river bends that were avoidable if you were in control of your boat and can stay out of the main channel. There was also one down tree that even at this low flow we were able to boat over. All of this was visible from the road. Given the low flow our group opted to skip a 2nd lap on the rapid and instead do a run down the beckler, which was a bit low as well, but not nearly as bad as the rapid. Small side note, we scouted the take out of the Miller and it seemed to have plenty of water compared to a run we did the previous spring putting it at least at a medium if not high level on this day. A good alternative if you find yourself at the Rapid when it is too low to run.

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