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Difficulty IV
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 3000 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 37 minutes ago 464 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2007 6:01 pm

River Description

Granite/Ruby is an excellent run for late in the spring snowmelt season. In many years it is runnable into July. The first 2 miles of this run on Granite Creek are steep with a gradient in the neighborhood of 200 fpm and filled with nearly continuous class 3 and 4 rapids with one long class 4+ which can be scouted from the road. When you arrive at the confluence with Canyon Creek the flow doubles and the creek is renamed Ruby Creek, and is really more of a river than a creek, especially as flows increase. Ruby is not as steep as Granite, but is still quite continuous with a gradient in the 100 fpm range. Ruby starts out with class 2 rapids and builds up momentum downstream and flows through many fun boulder gardens at low water, big wave trains and a few big holes at high water. The rapids are mostly class 3, but some push class 4 at higher levels, and continue right up to the take-out below Panther Creek.

Granite and Ruby run alongside the scenic North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), which is closed in winter, making this a late spring/early summer run. Coming from the west side, you'll reach the takeout first, which is at the East Bank trailhead (Hwy 20 mile 138.3). The takeout is at a footbridge, takeout on river left and carry up the trail. Continuing up the highway after 2.9 miles you'll reach another large parking area at the confluence of Canyon and Granite creeks (the Canyon Creek trailhead at Hwy. 20 mile 141.2). This can be used as a put-in for running Ruby or as a take-out for doing short laps on Granite. A couple more miles up the highway at a large turnout (Hwy. 20 mile 143.1) is the put-in for Granite.

This run is prone to wood hazards. Scout as much as you can from the road.

See Gary Korb's description in Bennett.

Lat/Long approximate.

Rapid Descriptions


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Zachary Mildon
2 years ago

Log jam mentioned in 2008 still present. 1 log other log on Granite and 1 on Ruby. Both river wide, easy to duck on left.

Gage Descriptions

The Methow at Pateros is used here as a reference as there is no gage operating on Granite, and the Methow is often used to get an idea of the flow on Granite. Around 3000 on this gage is usually runnable, but at the low end. At 6000 the creek is usually pretty juicy. It can be run higher but gets very continuous. It can also be run a bit lower, especially on Ruby, which is about twice the size of Granite.

Visual. Look for flows of 300-700 cfs (on Granite-- flow on Ruby with be approx. double) during the later part of spring snow melt. Based on Bennett.

Directions Description

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TAKE ACTION: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Plan Open for Comment

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The Forest Service is developing a new Forest Plan for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and has released a Proposed Action. The Forest Service is accepting public comment on this plan that will guide management for the next decade or more. 


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