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Skokomish, S. Fork
Class: IV-V      GMap
Browns Creek to Vance Creek (Gorge Run)
Trip Date: 1/27/2007
Written on: 1/28/2007
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Saturday morning Dave, Brad and I departed my house, rolling in the chuck wagon at 7:15 am. We met up with Mike, Beth and Judah Harms later on I5. There we rallied up in seperate cars to the put in where we met Mike Hoover. We met up at the Take Out which is basically roadside 4-5 feet from the river.

We warmed up and then ran shuttle to the putin. Halfway through Mike Hoover lead me off the main road and we stopped on the High Steel Bridge. This offered an upper view of the river. The nice thing is that this view is over the two hardest rapids on the run in my opinion. High Steel Falls and Bobbing for Butler. Both are -V maybe V in higher water.

This view shows bobbing for butler. This is basically a class IV lead in two a set of two large holes. The issue is that the holes also have a set of under cut rocks and a nasty head wall. It is not a hard rapid but could turn nasty.

If you were standing on the high steel bridge looking up stream you would see this ledge. When you run this ledge you need to be ready to eddy out and scout High Steel Falls. High Steel Falls is the next rapids below this.

I know these photos are not that great, but were pretty high up, thus the name High Steel Falls and High Steel Bridge. Anyways this is basically a set of three ledges. The first is tiny but has an odd current that can suprise you, the second is about 4 feet tall and has a rock dividing it in two sections. The third ledge is about 6 feet tall and has a horseshe shaped hole at the base and it is very large. Its the whole river in a 15 foot wide pour over. The line is hugging the right the whole time.

After viewing the bridge from both sides we ripped off down the road to finish the shuttle. At the putin we met Mike and The Fam in the Van. We all raced to get ready and then shuffled down the 1/2 mile trail to the river.

You probably have two questions right now. 1. Why were we in such a hurry and why is the trip title ___Skokomish________? Well there is a good mile and a half of

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