This is a great class III - IV run, not far from the standard Clackamas runs. It does require some rain but worth the drive and effort. As you drive up to put-in you can scout most of the river, the two bigger rapids, Monolith and Boulder Garden, as well as keep an eye out for wood. This are always shifting to be ready to portage as there can be logs spanning the entire river. Also as a reward about 3/4 of the way down you can make a stop at Austin Hot Springs on river left.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put-in is located just below the June Creek Bridge. There is a pull-out along the road with room for a handful of vehicles.

Mile 3.1: Wall Shot Rapid (III) is one of the larger rapids on the run. A big left hand turn that is pretty straight forward. As you enter the rapid you may notice a nice looking boof (see top photo of how cool you will look) right in the middle of the river. It is one you shouldn't pass up.

Wall Rapid

Wall Rapid

Mile 5.4: Keep your eyes open along river left for steam rising up through the trees. You have reached Austin Hot Springs. Pull over and enjoy a soak.

Austin Hot Springs

Austin Hot Springs

Mile 5.8: Monolith (IV) can be scout from the road as you drive to put-in. The typical line is a little right of center. With higher flows you can also sneak down the far left side.

Monolith Rapid

Monolith Rapid

Mile 7.6: Just a bit down stream is Boulder Garden (IV). Just as the name states this rapid is a boulder garden. Many lines to choose from, many eddies to catch, enjoy this long rapid to finish off your run.

Mile 8.3: There is river access on river left just upstream of NF-63 bridge that goes over the river. NF-63 is also the road that goes out to Bagby Hot Springs. There is room to park along the road here. Riverford Campground is located on the right side of the river and is a good marker if you are lost.

Written by
Michael Hughes

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