The East Fork Lewis is a classic Pacific Northwest run for the paddler looking to step up their game and start running some more difficult rapids as well as some drops. The run starts out with Sunset Falls, which is easily scouted and accessed from the parking lot. The run includes some run class III read and run with 5 class IV rapids that are easily scouted, or portaged.

This run, along with it's neighbor Canyon Creek, is part of Northwest Creeking Comp which takes place in April each year.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put it is right at Sunset Falls Recreation site. A short hike from the parking lot brings you to the top of Sunset Falls (IV). Water level dictates what lines are open. Higher flows open up the middle line, and when water drops the left of your best option.

Sunset Falls, East Fork Lewis

Center Line at Sunset Falls, East Fork Lewis

Mile .7: Sky Pilot (IV) can be scouted on the left, with a couple holes to punch through.

Lower half of Ski Pilot, East Fork Lewis

Lower half of Ski Pilot, East Fork Lewis

Mile 1: Screaming Left (IV) is up left and Dragon's Back (IV) can be scouted from the left. These two rapids are close together and at high water look like one long rapid. Wood likes to collect at the bottom of Drangon's Back so take a look while scouting, or check local boating forums.

Screeming Left at about 2500 CFS

Screeming Left at about 2500 CFS

Mile 1.2: John's Swimming Hole (IV) is appropriately named for the large hole in the middle. Water level will help dictate what line you decide to take. Can be scouted on right or left.

Going left at John's Swimming Hole

Going left at John's Swimming Hole

Mile 3: Horseshoe Falls (IV) is the last big drop on this run. There are a few different lines one can take, but it is know for auto-boor center line. After the falls enjoy a bit of read and run class II-III.

Mile 3.8: Take out will be on your right.

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