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Difficulty V
Length 12.3 Miles
Gauge SF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR GRANITE FALLS, WA
Flow Range 5.00 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 4.04 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/10/2017 1:04 am

River Description


FUN FACT: Creek run with a big water feel. Very continuous with some big drops.

SEASON: Through the winter and spring.

ACCESS: Take-out at the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge just outside of Granite Falls (Granite Falls lurks just downstream so make sure you get out here). Verlot Campground is one potential public access point if you're looking for a warm-up. Alternative hike-in access of about a mile, which cuts off some of the flatwater, is available along the Old Robe Historical Trail which is part of Snohomish County Parks. Access across private property east of the trailhead is also possible if you have permission (check with local paddlers. You can find them on the Robe Facebook Group).

DESCRIPTION:

Considered one of North America's classic whitewater runs, and the class V standard for boaters in Western Washington, the run starts with five and a half miles of class I/II before slamming into a three mile canyon of class IV, V, and V+ rapids. You can have a look at the rapids at the start of the canyon along the Old Robe Historical Trail (an old railroad grade through the canyon) and potentially use it as an alternative access (although it's nearly a mile to the river). The trailhead is on Mt. Loop Highway at mile 7.2 and you can view approximately 1/2 a mile of the canyon's whitewater before the trail basically ends.

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Rapid Descriptions

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Thomas O'Keefe
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12 years ago

From: Shane Robinson
Date: November 18, 2006 8:16 PM
Subject: River changes: post flood

Just went down Robe today. Every rapid on that river has changed. Some dramatically. The biggest change is that T1 and T2 are pretty much gone, and all of that gradient is now lost at once in Last Sunshine. And the only way to portage and/or scout Last Sunshine is to get out on River Right at Tunnel Rapid (basically the first one), and walk through the tunnel and take a look at Last Sunshine from the bottom. It will likely be a portage for most people and I recommend just portaging to the bottom of it. There are some other major changes, however, they are easy enough to figure out with some prudent scouting.

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Eric B
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15 years ago

As of 11/23, there is a log stuck parellel to the current in the left most slot of Last Sunshine. You can get by it on the left, but it's worth scouting first.

Gage Descriptions

USGS gauge SF Stillaguamish nr. Granite Falls. The USGS has not recently taken discharge measurements here so there is no stage-discharge curve for this site. On the staff gauge 4.0-4.7 is the lower range of flows and although it's slightly more forgiving some bad sieves open up and pin potential is high. At 5.0-5.8 the river becomes much more pushy but sieve danger goes down--many consider flows of 5.4-5.6 to be ideal. Above 5.8 the river jumps up another notch and becomes even more pushy and strong class V skills are required.

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Directions Description


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2014-11-30 High Fatality High Water Read More

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