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Trip Report NF Sky 5/11/19 Roostertail to road washout

Skykomish, N. Fork
Class: IV      GMap
2. FS RD. 65 to Index
Trip Date: 5/13/2019
Written on: 5/13/2019
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Ran this last Saturday (5/11/2019). AW Virtual gauge 2300cfs, Main Sky (goldbar): 7700cfs. Half put in a drumbeater and walked rooster tale, other half put it below rooster tale and paddled to the road wash out. Consensus among the 10 of us was this was a great medium flow for kayakers. We were rather shocked given most of the beta online would suggest this was below recommended. Not bony by any means. Any rocks poking out of the water were easily avoided, and it wasn't high enough to call it "pushy". Perhaps the higher level suggestions were based on rain fed levels. This day was 100% snow (no rain in over a week, an odd may). Those of us that passed on the canyon would have liked to see it a little lower for our first time, Not much in the way of large eddies to regroup. Other than a log in rattlesnake, there was no major wood in play that couldn't be seen from your boat and easily avoided. Even the short section from Rattlesnake to the road wash out (~4miles), had plenty of action and was well worth the drive through jack pass. Also worth noting, one member of the group had run this section (in a kayak) when the main sky was at 4,500 and still had fun. This was what convinced the group to check this out despite the info on the internet.

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