Stillaguamish, S. Fork - 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run)


Stillaguamish, S. Fork, Washington, US

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3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 12.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 56 fpm
Max Gradient 180 fpm

New Last Sunshine, 5-07


New Last Sunshine, 5-07
Photo of Chris Tretwold by Owen Callahan taken 05/12/07 @ 5.35

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR GRANITE FALLS, WA
usgs-12161000 5.00 - 6.00 ft V 01h02m 5.89 ft (running)


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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to Robe Canyon.

 


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Last Updated: 2017-01-10 01:04:26

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Robe Canyon - Tunnel

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon - Tunnel  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(78.86KB .jpeg)

Robe Canyon - T1

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon - T1  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(120.58KB .jpeg)

Robe Canyon - T1

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon - T1  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(111.13KB .jpeg)

Robe Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon  Stilliguamish, WA(23.58KB .jpeg)

Robe Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon  Stilliguamish, WA(1.84MB .mov)

Robe Canyon, High Water

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon, High Water  Stilliguamish, WA(1.69MB .mov)

Robe Canyon, Monte Cristo Railroad

Detail Trip Report  Robe Canyon, Monte Cristo Railroad  Stilliguamish, WA(117.47KB .jpeg)

Tunnel

Detail Trip Report  Tunnel  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(150.88KB .jpeg)

T1

Detail Trip Report  T1  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(142.87KB .jpeg)

Headed for T2

Detail Trip Report  Headed for T2  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(146.39KB .jpeg)

New Last Sunshine, 5-07

Detail Trip Report  New Last Sunshine, 5-07  Stillaguamish, S. Fork, WA(988.28KB .jpeg)

Garbage

Detail Trip Report  Garbage  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(111.42KB .jpeg)

Off Broadway

Detail Trip Report  Off Broadway  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(137.30KB .jpeg)

Below Landslide

Detail Trip Report  Below Landslide  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(138.55KB .jpeg)

Catchers Mitt

Detail Trip Report  Catchers Mitt  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(134.59KB .jpeg)

Rob McKibbon on Conversation

Detail Trip Report  Rob McKibbon on Conversation  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(5.06MB .jpeg)

Sam Chelsey and Jordy Searle, below Last Sunshine

Detail Trip Report  Sam Chelsey and Jordy Searle, below Last Sunshine  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(3.23MB .jpeg)

Will Grubb and David Spiegel below Last Sunshine

Detail Trip Report  Will Grubb and David Spiegel below Last Sunshine  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(4.62MB .jpeg)

T2 headed toward Last Sunshine 2015

Detail Trip Report  T2 headed toward Last Sunshine 2015  @Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run), WA(5.08MB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

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.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR GRANITE FALLS, WA
usgs-12161000 5.00 - 6.00 ft V 01h02m 5.89 ft (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
5.00 -6.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable V

Report - Reports of Stillaguamish, S. Fork 3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Stillaguamish, S. Fork3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] Off Broadway 5.4 Chris Tretwold
Stilliguamish [WA] Robe Canyon, Monte Cristo Railroad n/a Thomas O'Keefe
2y159d23h24m /Stillaguamish, S. Fork-3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] T2 headed toward Last Sunshine 2015 n/a Sean Lee
2y159d23h25m /Stillaguamish, S. Fork-3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] Will Grubb and David Spiegel below Last Sunshine n/a Sean Lee
2y159d23h27m /Stillaguamish, S. Fork-3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] Sam Chelsey and Jordy Searle, below Last Sunshine n/a Sean Lee
2y159d23h32m /Stillaguamish, S. Fork-3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] Rob McKibbon on Conversation n/a Sean Lee
> 10 years Stillaguamish, S. Fork3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] Catchers Mitt 5.2 Chris Tretwold
> 10 years Stillaguamish, S. Fork3 - Verlot to Granite Falls (Robe Canyon Run) [WA] Below Landslide 5.4 Chris Tretwold
> 10 years Stillaguamish, S. Fork [WA] New Last Sunshine, 5-07 5.35 Owen Callahan
> 10 years Stillaguamish, S. Fork [WA] Headed for T2 5.7 (USGS Gauge) joey baranski
> 10 years Stillaguamish, S. Fork [WA] Robe Canyon - T1 6.2 internet Scott Collins

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User Comments

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October 6 2008 (3513 days ago)
x (1)
log in the left channel of last sunshine in the landing zone...do not run left, log is at chest
height and cannot be seen until you drop in. Center boof is still good to go. 10/6/08
September 25 2008 (3524 days ago)
x (1)
As of 8/30/2007 just below Garbage at the end of the boogie/read and run boulder garden that
follows, there is a boat pinned horizontally at the base of a small ledge drop in the center of the
river. As long as you are paying attention it should be easy to avoid.
November 21 2006 (4198 days ago)
Thomas O'KeefeDetails
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.
December 3 2003 (5282 days ago)
Eric BDetails
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.

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