Cispus - 2 - Adams Fork to FR 23 Bridge (The Upper Upper)

Cispus, Washington, US


2 - Adams Fork to FR 23 Bridge (The Upper Upper)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 5.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 130 fpm
Max Gradient 180 fpm

Upper Upper Cispus

Upper Upper Cispus
Photo of Justin by Scott Collins taken 07/28/03 @ 530cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14231900 400 - 800 cfs V 00h50m 569 cfs (running)

River Description

LOGISTICS: Starting from the town of Randle (Highway 12 mile 115), take Cispus Road south across the Cowltiz River and continue for one mile to the fork of FR 25 and FR 23. Take the left fork and follow FR 23. To reach the take-out, continue on FR 23 to mile 19.5 and the bridge across the river. To reach the put-in, head back the way you came on FR 23 and in less than a mile turn right on to FR 21. Drive 4.6 miles up to FR 56; turn right and go a quarter mile down to the bridge at the Adams Fork Campground.

Check road conditions before you head down with the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at 360-497-1100 or check the road status reports on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest web site.


Check out the Upper Upper Cispus page on Jason Rackley's site including a note on a recent landslide (Feb 2001).

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

For expert paddlers, other great runs in the immediate area include:

For intermediate paddlers, these runs are good options

There are also opportunities for mountain biking and hiking and some great camping spots in the National Forest.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-08-02 15:26:06

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 12 2007 (4207 days ago)
Bryan SwanDetails
As of May 11th 2007, the exit rapid below the pool at the bottom of the 14 foot entrance falls at
the put in is choked with a nasty wood strainer. Unless it flushes, the falls will likely have to
be walked.

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Associated Projects

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    The rivers of Volcano Country within and surrounding the Gifford Pinchot National Forest represent some of the nation's most spectacular whitewater resources.