Washougal, N. Fork, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Washougal R. @ Hathaway Park|
|wadoe-28B080||2000 - 6000 cfs||IV-V||02h15m||470 cfs (too low)|
Can be run a bit lower than 2,000 cfs on the Washougal gauge if you are desperate.
A nice class IV run, with three harder drops that can be portaged. The nastiest of these is just below a bridge, with an eddy on the left above. Almost everyone takes the easy portage on the left on this one.
It's worth shore scouting most every horizon on this stream your first time down, as many rapids are straight forward with the correct line, but have cracks and undercuts in the wrong lines. A couple of the horizons have been known to sneak up on people, but if you stay diligent it shouldn't be a problem. Many people have shown themselves down safely. If in doubt, stay to the outside of corners where the eddies above the surprise drops are found.
Once you know the lines and eddies, this is a low-stress, high-fun run.