Puyallup - 2 - Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162

Puyallup, Washington, US


2 - Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 28 fpm

kapowsin bridge putin

kapowsin bridge putin
Photo by Robert Brenneman @ app.3500cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12101500 3000 - 6000 cfs II 00h36m 984 cfs (too low)

River Description

FUN FACT: Good beginner river, few good short runs of rapids, scenic.

SEASON: Winter rains and warm spring melt from Puyallup Glacier on Mt. Rainier.

PUT-IN: From Hwy. 410 take the Sumner/Orting exit (Hwy 162 east) and continue on 162 through the town of Orting. Upon leaving Orting you will travel approximately 1.5 miles to Orville Rd. (Kapowsin Hwy.) Turn right and continue for approximately 3.5 miles to Kapowsin bridge (shown above). Parking to unload will be on the left before crossing bridge. Down over a small embankment will put you on a nice sand bar. This is an easy access. There is a cool curve at this point in a solid rock wall you can do if you portage upstream slightly. There's a neat rapid here that will get a beginner pumped up for trip.

TAKEOUT: Upon getting on Hwy. 162 east from Hwy.410 on the way to the put-in you will travel approximately 4 miles to an iron bridge that crosses the Puyallup. Parking will be to the right before crossing the bridge. You will see the access to the river at this point. It's a easy one and with a sand bar.

ALT.4.5 MILE TAKEOUT: Upon entering Orting on 162 East you will turn right on Calistoga St. and go approximately half a mile to a concrete bridge. Turn to the left before crossing the bridge into a large parking area. River is at view from this point. Nice take out, slight embankment.

RIVER DESCRIPTION: good beginner river.nice mix of class II rapids and flatwater.most of the islands in the river can be run river right.a few areas have foliage of trees hanging down but can be paddled around easily and some make for some nice shade on hot days.river can be easily boat scouted for wood or other hazards.if you like this river ,try the lower carbon river run witch confluences into the puyallup just downstream from the iron bridge..........enjoy

Lat/Longitude data are approximate.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 21:13:58

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Associated Projects

  • Puyallup Watershed (WA)
    Major rivers of the Puyallup watershed include the Carbon, Puyallup, and White which drain the western and northern slopes of Mt. Rainier which we are working to preserve and protect.