Hard to say, fun to paddle.The Siouxon (Soo-Sun) is a less frequently paddled, hike-in run that has lots of class IV whitewater as well as some impressive waterfalls with both paddling and portaging options. Access is gained via two primary options. The first is a long and sequitous shuttle on logging roads with a 1.5 mile descent on foot. Another option is shuttle free by utilizing the river side trail for a 1:1 hike to paddle ratio. Either way, you will be earning your eddy turns and this makes for a great wilderness feeling run for both hardshells and inflatables.

Mile 0.6: If Upper Siouxon Falls falls (IV) was roadside it would likely be one of the most popular park-and-huck destinations in the state. They don’t get much cleaner than this 20 footer. The lead in is signaled by an island that splits the flow with the left offering the best approach. There are small eddies at the lip that permit for scouting and a big pool at the bottom.

If a kayaker could design a waterfall, it would look like Upper Siouxon Falls.

If a kayaker could design a waterfall, it would look like Upper Siouxon Falls.

Mile 1.0: Middle Siouxon Falls (V) is not a simple falls like its upstream sibling. A series of lead-in ledges lead to a 25 foot drop. Easily portaged along the trail on river left.

Middle Siouxon Falls after a successful..............portage.

Middle Siouxon Falls after a successful..............portage.

Between Middle and Lower Siouxon Falls numerous ledges (III-IV+) and low walled gorges punctuate class II-III whitewater. Everything is scoutable and either can be portaged at river level with some scrambling or by retreating to the trail.

Fun ledges between the Middle and Lower falls.

Fun ledges between the Middle and Lower falls.

Mile 3.6: Lower Siouxon Fall (V+) is by far the biggest and most consequential falls on the Siouxon. While it has seen at least one descent, most will happily portage on the river left trail.

Lower Siouxon Falls from below.

Lower Siouxon Falls from below.

Mile 4.7: A large horizon line marks the final major rapid of the run. A double drop style rapid (IV+/V-) starts with a vertical ledge before before ending in a powerful hole.

Mile 5.5: Keep an eye for a primitive camping area just above the confluence of West Creek. This is your take-out and a short hike up a switch backed trail will bring you to the Siouxon Creek Trailhead parking lot.

Written by
Tim Kelley

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