jP's Submission - Entered on 6/11/2009 6:56:00 PM
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 3/23/2017 5:12:22 AM)
TILTON RIVER AB BEAR CANYON C
3rd Party Gauge
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Minimum Recomended Level: 800 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 4000 cfs
Big pull out at the bridge. Easy Put-in. Take out is at the park after a 2 mile paddle across the upstream end of the lake.
This is a very fun and scenic class III run with quality rapids and a few class IV- drops. A favorite among many washington paddlers.
Run Description [Season: ]
There's a lengthy paddle both into and out of this gem of a canyon, but it's well worth it. In the beginning you'll find swift class II for at least a mile or more . Soon enough however, you get into a remote feeling canyon with big fluffy class III drops. The rapids have a powerful feel to them at medium to medium high flows and above, with a few holes at flows of about 1400 cfs and above that should be avoided unless you're looking for action, but they are simple rapids in structure and generally flush you through to large pools below.
Shortly after the first rapid or two you'll come to what used to be a riverwide logjam (see photos). In April 2009 we were able to paddle around this, although it's still there. We encountered no portages throughout the rest of the run.
Elsewhere on the run you'll find a few rapids that have some fun lines. Towards the end of the second canyon there is a broken ledge that has sort of a "picket fence" configuration of boulders. The main route is down the right, but there's also a really nice boof to be found in a route second to the left where the water flows around a curve and over a large boulder.
Any paddler hungry for more verticle than they found upstream should hit this line!
It's a beautiful gem of a run, even though many complain about the flatwater paddle out. Absolutely beautiful scenery, and the class III rapids are great for those who are sharpening their skills in larger volume rapids.