Trask, N. Fork - North Fork of North Fork Trask River to Trask Park

Trask, N. Fork, Oregon, US


North Fork of North Fork Trask River to Trask Park

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles
Avg. Gradient 48 fpm

Take out, NF Trask

Take out, NF Trask
Photo by Susan Hollingsworth taken 03/18/12

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Trask: NF above Trask Park
virtual-51051 500 - 2000 cfs III 00h43m ~ 265.938 cfs (too low)

River Description

Class II+ whitewater through a river canyon with steep terrain and canyon sections.

To reach the upper stretches of the North Fork Trask (North Fork of the North Fork technically), turn left off Trask River Road 0.2 mile before Trask Park onto North Fork Trask Road, a gravel road.  Peer out the right side and catch a glimpse of the 8-ft drop just before Trask Park, especially if you plan on running it later.  To proceed to the upper stretch take-out, drive 3.5 miles on North Fork Trask Road to an obvious fork (just after crossing a bridge at a sharp right bend in the road).  Follow the right fork 0.7 miles over another bridge (this time the NF Trask flows underneath).  You'll see a small campsite on river left just upstream.  
To get to the put-in, cross back over the bridge and go back to the obvious fork just 0.7 mile back.  Turn left and follow it for 7.8 miles, bearing right at another fork along the way.  The put-in is under a bridge (see photo) where the Middle Fork of the North Fork Trask joins the North Fork of the North Fork Trask. 
For those interested in shorter runs, a bridge at mile 8, splits the run into an 8 mile upper run and a 4 mile lower section. If running the lower section be sure to scout the drop just upstream of Trask Park.
There is also a fun class IV stretch that ends where this run begins.  Trip Report here.
Other Information Sources:

Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers,
by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)



StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-03-09 21:45:02

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
8.0Alternate Bridge AccessN/AAccess
12.08 foot DropIV

Rapid Descriptions

Alternate Bridge Access (Class N/A, Mile 8.0)

This bridge makes a convenient access point, dividing the river into an 8 mile upper section and a 4 mile lower section. 

8 foot Drop (Class IV, Mile 12.0)

This large drop just above the take out at Trask Park is much bigger than anything else on this run. 

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