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Day Creek    Blair Rd. to Skagit River™ ©
Class IV-V(V+)
5Miles

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Zip Code : 98284 General Area
Put In Longitude : -122.00679 Putin
Put In Latitude : 48.441864
Take Out Longitude : -122.04618 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 48.5014801
County : Skagit Shuttle

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  Access

from Sedro Wooley take Hwy 9 South where you will immediately cross the mighty Skagit. After crossing it, take the first obvious right, which will circle you around underneath Hwy 9 onto the S. Skagit Hwy. Heading East, this road will take you up the R. Left bank of the Skagit.
When you pass Potts Road look for the bridge that crosses Day Creek. Here you are!


  Putin Details

The Bennett Book describes a put-in access up the R. Right side of Day Creek (Blair Road). We found a gate that blocked us. If you click on the map tools here I think it shows this access point, so there may be more worthwhile stuff upstream that we missed.

Take Potts Road on the west side of the creek and follow it up along the R. Left bank. You'll see a road branch off straight ahead (also with a gate- but it was open on the Thurday we were there). The main road curves upward to the right. Go straight down this spur road til you reach an open junction where the road splits into two more faded overgrown roads. Assuming that directly behind you the way you came is 6 o'clock, and straight ahead is 12 o'clock, you want to start hiking into the woods at approximately 11 o'clock, or maybe 10. It's a little more adventurous than your typical washington hike down through the woods to the river: i.e. it is steeper, and you'll find yourself climbing/sliding and getting kinda mucky.


  Takeout Details

Take out at the Bridge where the S. Skagit Hwy crosses over Day Creek.



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 Bring plenty of rope and biners for "The Devil''s Ropework" Portage - Posted by: jP on 1/17/2010 2:05:00 PM -  [Remove Alert]

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  Other Issues

There was one mandatory portage at this higher flow, "The Devil's Ropework". Read about it below, and be sure to bring a few throwbags with you and half a dozen biners- you're likely to need them!


  Fun Facts

This is an obscure run listed in the back of the Bennett Book. At the T.O. bridge when we arrived the creek was close to bank full, roughly speaking. There was no doubt it was on the higher side, above "recommended flows", so to speak. Ban and I decided to "Seize The Day", pardon the pun.


   Run Description [Season: ]

We popped out onto the river on R. Left. We put in below a gnarly mess of a boulder pile that I did not scout. Ben apparently scouted it enough to decide to put-in below it. It may be the (VI) referred to. Ben ran a ramp leading into a strong 6' boof. I decided to put-in along the Class IV+ swiftwater immediately below this, so I could have some kind of "warm up" before reaching the next powerful drop 40 yards downstream.

What we found at this flow I would describe as a class V trip worth doing.There were plenty of pushy, steep drops strung together by continuous class IV+ rapids. The main channel was generally clean with all of this muddy water, and the boating flowed really well and was enjoyable if one could handle the stout push.

Within 3/4 mile or so we came upon "The Devil's Ropework". A class IV entrance deposited us into a pool above an obvious scout. The river bends to the left over a horizon line. Eddy out on the Left where a vertical creek cascades into the river. Both right and left banks reveal good views of the rapid below,but the leftside is better for portaging. This is the crux of the run(from where we put-in). It may be the class VI drop referred to in the book, but we think it may be runnable at a lower flow, so for now I'm calling it a V+. It's very walled in here: The short portage took between 1-2 hours to complete, involving a 3 pitch decent back to the river. We used 3 ropes and every biner we had to belay our two boats and ourselves. It was complex and time consuming, but rewarding when we overcame the challenge. Just factor this portage into your timeframe- I'd try to put on before 11am.But at lower flows someone should get in there and run this rapid and rename it!

You put back into busy class IV rapids that lead down into a bigger, more powerful drop. At higher flows like the flow we had the run will retain a pushy class V flavor for another 1/4 mile. Then gradually you will find it to be more boat scoutable as it tapers down from V-/IV+ to easily boat scoutable IV. The boulders will get smaller as it flattens out. By the time you feel like you're paddling on class III, you'll know you've finished the main course. It wasn't a huge plate of food, but it tasted pretty good!

From here it's a typical class II paddle out. Time to Pay The Piper: There were two easy wood portages, but they were quick. You'll be at the bridge before you know it.

Feel free to contact me if you are hungry for beta and serious about this run.
-jP



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