Santiam, Middle, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||60 fpm|
|MIDDLE SANTIAM R NEAR CASCADIA, OR|
|usgs-14185800||3.00 - 6.00 ft||III-IV(V)||00h59m||4.27 ft (running)|
Gauge: The gauge only reads in feet, and this section is not commonly done so data points are few. If you do the run please report in the comments. If flows are below 3.5' use the lower put in unless you are ok with scraping. The upper limit on the gauge is completely estimated, and based on a loose correlation to when Upper Quartzville starts getting higher than people typically run it.
This is a unique and remote wilderness run with class III/IV and a couple harder rapids (both can be avoided) that can be done as an overnight. Requires a paddle out on Green Peter Reservoir.
Trip Report from Into the Outside on the low end of the range.
A shorter section requiring a hike in is described here.
The directions for putting in lower are described here, both options described on that page work for boating. The first option puts you in near Shedd Camp Shelter and the second further downstream near the confluence with Pyramid Creek.