JoesKayak's Submission - Entered on 11/2/2012 12:10:00 PM
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Preston to Fall City
Avg Gradient 70 fpm
Play Rating (1-10): 0
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Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 4/23/2017 9:39:44 PM)
RAGING RIVER NEAR FALL CITY,
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Minimum Recomended Level: 350 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 800 cfs
Turn off Preston-Fall city onto High Point Road. Put-in under the I-90 bridge.
Take out on the Snoqualmie River just below the confluence in Fall city or one of the optional access points upstream.
For some reason this river tends to be at runnable levels on Mondays after being too low all weekend. Good pubs in Fall City for after your run.
Fun little run when it's not full of wood. Unfortunately it's been pretty bad the last couple years. In May 2009 we had 7 portages at 350 cfs and some of them would be sketchy with higher water. This run has a constant gradient and is pretty fast even at medium levels so use caution. When it's clean it can be run higher than the recommended flows, but unless you know the wood situation, I'd stick to lower flows.
Hopefully some high water will clean it out and we'll have this fun run back.
Here's a run down of river levels:
200-300: ELF. With some scraping you can get down, but it's a bit silly. Still fans of technical wet staircase defending will have fun.
300-400: Low runnable. If you're unsure of the wood situation, this is a good range for a scouting run. It'll be a bit bumpy but the run is not too fast and there's generally lots of good places to eddy out and stop for portages and scouts.
400-800: Medium. When the run is clean, it's a lot of fun in this range. It does get fast in places at the higher end of this range so be very careful if you don't know the wood situation
800-1200: Medium High. Lots of long wave trains and fun boogie water punctuated by some bigger rapids. Great fun but you want to be sure the run is clean at these levels (which at the time of this writing it is not 11/2012). The run pushes IV- at these flows due to it's continuous nature.