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Calawah, S. Fork    Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek™ ©
Class IV
Avg Gradient 53 fpm

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Zip Code : 98331 General Area
Put In Longitude : -124.15732 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.916832
Take Out Longitude : -124.25737 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.9609795
County : Clallam Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from CALAWAH RIVER NEAR FORKS, WA at 7/15/2020 3:18:28 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
CALAWAH RIVER NEAR FORKS, WA n/a 2.97  159 cfs  USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:30:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  2000 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  0 cfs 


Requires a 2 +/- mile hike on the rugged ridge trail, which is not regularly maintained. As of Oct 2014 the trail was in decent shape with a couple of branches and one or two large logs obstructing the trail. You cross at least 10 tributaries on the hike, only 6 of them are any real volume of water.

  Putin Details

From the Take out:
   -Drive EAST on NF-29 for 3.2 miles
   -Take SLIGHT RIGHT onto NF-2913 and follow for 2.6 miles to the end of the road. Rugged Ridge Trail is slightly down the hill from the turn around.

  Takeout Details

From Port Angeles:
   -Follow US-101 W towards FORKS for 54 Miles
   -Take a LEFT onto Sitkum-Solduc Road follow for 3.6 miles
   -Stay RIGHT and cross the NF Calawah for another 4.3 miles
   -on RIGHT there is a pull off that heads towards the river and from here    you can see the confluence of Hyas Creek and the SF Calwah

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  Other Issues

Expect wood in the run, when we ran it in Oct. 2014 the run was clean but there was lots of wood in the river and a couple of log ducks that would be portages with higher water.

  Fun Facts

An intermediate run through a corner of the Olympic National Park. Old Growth and wilderness feel.

This would be a good run to try out your hiking system for the first time. It's long enough that a carry system helps, but if it fails on you the hike is short enough to shoulder your boat to the river.

   Run Description [Season: Rainy]

Bedrock gorge right after the put in. Most of these rapids are boat scoutable but taking a peek for wood is a good idea.

The rapids are in the first half of the run. The Second half is more class II with a sprinkling of Class III.


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Beta Trail    
SubmissionBeta Submitted BySubmitted On
Jed Hawkes's 10/31/2014 Run SubmissionJed Hawkes10/31/2014 12:59:00 PM
Jed Hawkes's 11/24/2011 Run SubmissionJed Hawkes11/24/2011 8:28:00 PM
James's 4/9/2007 Run SubmissionJames4/9/2007 8:26:00 PM

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