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North Fork Snoqualmie - Ernie's Canyon Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Snoqualmie River

North Fork Snoqualmie - Ernie's Canyon Info
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Put In:  Spur 10 Bridge
Take Out:  Ballarat Avenue
Difficulty:  Class V to V+/VI , Portage 2-9
Gradient:  107 fpm
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  264 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:15 AM - NF SNOQUALMIE RIVER NEAR SNOQUALMIE FALLS, WA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  206-296-8100
Good Level:  300 - 800 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, November, December
Primary Season:  This section of river runs during the snowmelt season and during the rainy season, but only after a few days of heavy rain. Most people attempt this run in the srping to avoid short days and icy banks
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This is one of the toughest creeks in Washington. There are many demanding boulder gardens and waterfalls. This trip involves lots of scouting and portaging. This run is the class V of class V.
Hazards:  For your first time down go with someone who knows this run, there are many hidden drops and rapids. Eddies are few and far between. This run is a hazard. Do not attempt to paddle this section unless you are an expert class V paddler
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Public forest with many private logging roads
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 30 miles (36 minutes) Southeast of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Highway 90 take exit 31 onto to 202, go about .5 miles into the town of North Bend. Once you reach downtown turn right on N. Bend Way. Then go two blocks and turn left onto Ballarat Avenue, follow this through the residential part of town. Continue on this road for a while until it changes to North Fork Road. After following this road for 3.9 miles you will arrive at a fork in the road, take the left fork. In 1.3 miles the road makes a sharp right; if the gate is open continue down the road. In .5 miles take the left fork and in .8 miles take the right fork. From here continue straight as far as you can until you reach a large clearing, hike down to river level and put in.

If the gate is closed you will have to use the alternate put in further upstream. To reach the upper put in continue down North Fork Road for another 2.4 miles to a large intersection. Take the road that cuts to the right, this road will also be gated but it is only a 1.5 miles hike to the put in bridge.

Take Out: The take out is at the bridge about 2 miles north of North Bend on Ballarat Avenue.

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