Paddled the Upper Meadow today with 764 cfs on the Nallen gauge. It was comparable to about 850-900 cfs on the old Mt. Lookout gauge, which is in the ballpark of the USGS data that states the Nallen gauge is about 80% of the old Mt. Lookout gauge. Mid-700's was getting scrapey. I'd say mid to low 700's on the Nallen gauge is the low end of good.
The road to the put-in is in very good condition. It's been graded, and most of it has new gravel on it. Unless there's snow on the ground, I'd drive a two-wheel-drive car on it.
The Mt. Lookout gauge (USGS site 03190400) appears to no longer be available. However the Nallen gauge (USGS site 03190000) is available and is closer to this section. A reduction of the USGS data for 4/1/2013 to 3/30/2014 shows the flow at Nallen was 80.0 % of the Mt Lookout flow when mt Lookout was between 1000 and 2000 cfs.
In Corrine Walter's posting, I meant to say, "drive west" for 1/4 mile to Corliss Rd. Oops! Also, at good levels, I consider this to be the ultimate Class 4---great fun!!!
A good put-in: from takeout bridge, head east for a quarter mile; turn left up Corliss Rd. Turn left at top of hill. Go left at T. Veer right, through Corliss. Follow road over hill to a tiny creek down by the river. Hike ~1/2 mi to Meadow. This cuts out ~6 miles of flatwater, and allows ~one mile of warm-up. ---Robert Farmer
I would say the ideal level is 800 - 1000cfs as its real technical and not too pushy. I've heard at 2000+ it gets pretty big, but it has some great, low-stress, technical elements that you lose at higher flows. If everything else is too high, this is a great fall-back and you won't be bored. The shuttle is pretty tricky if your trying to cut out the flatwater though as it is miles of a dirt road through clear-cut land.
I've done the Upper meadow twice. The first time at about 1250 cfs and the second over about 2200 and rising. At the first level, I'd say the river was class III- lower class IV.
At the higher level it was very difficult and I'd say it was in the solid class IV - lower class V range. A swim would have really been a bad idea at higher water.
A fantastic run at 1200 cfs+ though.
Anything below 1000 and the run becomes a good run for someone getting into creeking. At the higher levels the holes become house sized with little to no eddys. BAD place to swim.
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Brandon Holley boofs on the upper meadow
dropping the weir at 1300 cfs
Bernie dropping the Weir
Brisk winter day on the Upper Meadow
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