Peshastin Creek, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||150 fpm|
|Max Gradient||200 fpm|
FUN FACT: Extend your run on the Wenatchee
SEASON: Late spring (as soon as the snow melt kicks into gear) through early summer (as long as the snowmelt lasts).
LOGISTICS: To reach the put-in take Hwy. 97 7.5 miles up the hill from the junction with Hwy. 2 near the town of Peshastin. More challenging rapids can be found by going another 0.6 miles upstream. To reach the take-out turn off from Highway 2 just south of the Highway 2 bridge across Peshastin Creek and follow the road back to an unimproved parking area next to the dam. Boaters can also combine the big water of the Wenatchee with a creek boating entry by boating Peshastin Creek down to the Wenatchee. To continue on the Wenatchee see the description of the run from Peshastin to Cashmere. You can also kick start this trip with a run down Ingalls creek. There are a few more access spots along the highway for those wanting an easier run or to run laps on the upper section. (Most of the more difficult rapids are in the first few miles and the run eases off downstream, but is continuous in gradient the whole way)
SHUTTLE: Highway 97 parallels the river and gives you a good look at the character of this run during the shuttle.
The run starts out with nearly continuous class III rapids punctuated by a more challenging class IV rapid known as Fresh Squeezed. You can scout Fresh Squeezed from the road. It's about 0.8 north of the village of Ingall's Creek where a grassy knoll separates the creek from the highway. Those not wanting to tackle Fresh Squeezed can find a trail here to put-in just below. Below this point the river tapers off to continuous class II with a couple more fun class III rapids before settling down to more consistent class II once you pass under the Highway 97 bridge (an alternate access point). There is a runnable diversion dam a couple of miles downstream of this point.
There are often logs in the creek, and they tend to change quickly.
for additional information see
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
Those who are most interested in the class III can take-out at the intermediate access point available on the upstream river left side of the Highway 97 Bridge.
Use caution as you approach. Can be portaged but is sometimes run.
Wenatchee River Festival 2008
June 12, 2008