Stillaguamish, S. Fork - 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run)


Stillaguamish, S. Fork, Washington, US

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3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 12.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 56 fpm
Max Gradient 180 fpm

Robe Canyon - T1


Robe Canyon - T1
Photo of Billy Jones by Scott Collins taken 02/22/03 @ 6.2 internet

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR GRANITE FALLS, WA
usgs-12161000 4.00 - 6.50 ft V 01h09m 6.09 ft (running)


River Description

FUN FACT: Creek run with a big water feel. Very continuous with some big drops.

SEASON: Through the winter and spring.

ACCESS: Take-out at the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge just outside of Granite Falls (Granite Falls lurks just downstream so make sure you get out here). Verlot Campground is one potential public access point if you're looking for a warm-up. Alternative hike-in access of about a mile, which cuts off some of the flatwater, is available along the Old Robe Historical Trail which is part of Snohomish County Parks and benefits from the efforts of the Stilliguamish Citizen's Alliance. Access across private property east of the trailhead is also possible if you have permission (check with local paddlers).

DESCRIPTION:

Considered one of North America's classic whitewater runs, and the class V standard for boaters in Western Washington, the run starts with five and a half miles of class I/II before slamming into a three mile canyon of class IV, V, and V+ rapids. You can have a look at the rapids at the start of the canyon along the Old Robe Historical Trail (an old railroad grade through the canyon) and potentially use it as an alternative access (although it's nearly a mile to the river). The trailhead is on Mt. Loop Highway at mile 7.2 and you can view approximately 1/2 a mile of the canyon's whitewater before the trail basically ends.

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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-03-04 22:41:02

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments


2008-10-06 12:22:09 (2022 days ago)
x (1)
log in the left channel of last sunshine in the landing zone...do not run left, log is at chest
height and cannot be seen until you drop in. Center boof is still good to go. 10/6/08

2008-09-25 08:24:40 (2033 days ago)
x (1)
As of 8/30/2007 just below Garbage at the end of the boogie/read and run boulder garden that
follows, there is a boat pinned horizontally at the base of a small ledge drop in the center of the
river. As long as you are paying attention it should be easy to avoid.

2006-11-21 06:27:06 (2707 days ago)
Thomas O'KeefeDetails
From: Shane Robinson Date: November 18, 2006 8:16 PM Subject: River changes: post flood Just went
down Robe today. Every rapid on that river has changed. Some dramatically. The biggest change is
that T1 and T2 are pretty much gone, and all of that gradient is now lost at once in Last Sunshine.
And the only way to portage and/or scout Last Sunshine is to get out on River Right at Tunnel Rapid
(basically the first one), and walk through the tunnel and take a look at Last Sunshine from the
bottom. It will likely be a portage for most people and I recommend just portaging to the bottom of
it. There are some other major changes, however, they are easy enough to figure out with some
prudent scouting.

2003-12-03 01:36:57 (3791 days ago)
Eric BDetails
As of 11/23, there is a log stuck parellel to the current in the left most slot of Last Sunshine.
You can get by it on the left, but it's worth scouting first.
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