American, Washington, US
2. Hell's Crossing to American Forks
||III-IV (for normal flows)
HeadwallPhoto by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 05/07/07 @ 530 cfs
This is a great run that features nearly continuous class III/IV whitewater from start to finish.
The river originates from the headwaters in Mt. Rainier National Park and is one of the few
rivers in the Yakima drainage without a dam. While Highway 410 runs along the entire length of
the run, the river holds your attention making the road only a minor distraction. Dispersed
campsites are located along the run and towards the end you will pass a few cabins. The most
distinct drop on the run is the big headwall rapid but there is plenty to keep you busy the whole
way. The main hazard is wood and you can expect to come up to a few logs that can span the
channel. Eddies are few and far between so be prepared and it's a good run to have a skilled
probe who can sniff out the wood hazards before you're on top of them.
While this run ends at the confluence with the Bumping River you can continue on downstream to
enjoy the Bumping from
American Forks down to Sawmill Flat or beyond on the Naches.
Access: The put-in for this section is at the Forest Service Hell's Crossing Campground at
Highway 410 mile 83.5. To reach the take-out, drive along the river to Highway 410 mile 88.4 and
turn south onto Bumping River Road. You will immediately come to a bridge across the American.
This is a potential access or you can continue on in to American Forks Campground and take out at
the confluence with the Bumping River which is just downstream of the bridge on river right.
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Last Updated: 2010-12-04 06:43:05