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Sauk    3 - Clear Creek to Darrington™ ©
Class II-III

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Zip Code : 98241 General Area
Put In Longitude : -121.56871 Putin
Put In Latitude : 48.2187271
Take Out Longitude : -121.59415 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 48.2619095
County : Snohomish Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SAUK RIVER NEAR SAUK, WA at 7/15/2020 3:18:37 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SAUK RIVER NEAR SAUK, WA n/a 5.06  4170 cfs  USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:45:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  2000 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  12000 cfs 

  Putin Details

Head South on Mt. Loop Hwy from Darrington to bridge over Clear Creek. Park at the turnout before the bridge and carry over rocks onto Clear Creek.

An alternate access spot is at Backman park, located on Clear Creek road about a mile downstream from the Clear Creek access.

  Takeout Details

Head north on Mt. Loop Hwy, which turns into Hwy 530 after the stop sign in Darrington. Continue another mile or so and turn right on Sauk-Prarie road. Before the bridge over the Sauk turn into the developed river access spot on the right.

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  Fun Facts

An easy class 3 run by itself, but is usually run as a continuation of the run upstream from Whitechuck to Clear Creek.

   Run Description

This run isn't often done by itself, but as a continuation of the run upstream. Also the access spot at Backman is often used at a takeout for those running the section upstream or as a put-in for a longer run through the class 2 section downstream to the Suiattle or Skagit confluence. Lots of option on the Sauk.

From Clear creek to Backman (1 mile downstream) are 3 nice, but easier class 3 boulder gardens, making this a good run for those stepping up to class 3. Below Backman it eases off to swift drifting and occasional class 2 rapids.


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