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Difficulty III
Length 12 Miles
Gauge ~ Trask: NF above Trask Park
Flow Range 500 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 230 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/09/2016 9:45 pm

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)

 

 

Rapid Descriptions

Alternate Bridge Access

Class - N/A Mile - 8
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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
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This large drop just above the take out at Trask Park is much bigger than anything else on this run. 

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Gage Descriptions

The AW virtual gauge for this reach utilizes flow information from the USGS gauge on the main Trask River about Ceder Creek. 
waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=14302480   This gauge has been operating since, 1996.

The virtual gauge calculates that the NF Trask is about 1/3 of the flow of the main Trask at the gauge.  Please leave comments if you think the actual flow is much lower or higher than the calculated flow.  Note the date & time and what you think the actual flow is.

The following historical gauges may offer useful information.

Trask River near Tillamook  - shows daily flows from 1931 to 1972.  Also shows field measurements from 1977-08-15.

NF Trask River at mouth near Tillamook - has field measurements from a single date on 1977-08-15.

 

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Directions Description


Turn left off Trask River Road 0.2 mile before Trask Park onto North Fork Trask Road, a gravel road.   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 where the Middle Fork of the North Fork Trask joins the North Fork of the North Fork Trask.  
 

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