Raging - Preston to Fall City

Raging, Washington, US


Preston to Fall City

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 71 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12145500 350 - 800 cfs III+ 00h47m 50.6 cfs (too low)

River Description

Guide Book:A Guide to Whitewater Rivers of WA, J. Bennett (1990)

This run starts off as a class II run as it meanders through the small town of Preston. This section is prone to collection of wood in the river, but generally wood can be seen and avoided. You should expect to get out a few times and portage. The two stand out rapids are about halfway through the run. The river swings near the road, and the class III+ "Cheesegrater" drops through a bunch of rocks and holes. The river lets up a little, and passes under the Preston-Fall City Road. The next class III rapid drops through a dark rock walled canyon as it turns a corner and heads away from the road. After this, the river eases up as it heads to its confluence with the Snoqualmie at Fall City.

This run has big potential for wood. SCOUT before running it!

The Raging is a rainy season run. It generally requires a couple of days of good rain for the flows to get to runnable levels.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2005-03-29 19:05:54

Rapid Descriptions

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