Difficulty II+(III)
Length 5.3 Miles
Flow Range 2000 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 3450 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2019 7:50 pm

River Description

This is a beautiful class II-III run running down the flanks of Mt Hood.  The largest rapid (III-III+) is Taffy Puller and is run down the middle.  Wood is usually present, but does not often require portaging.  Downstream visiblility is typically adequate to see any wood hazards with time to grab an eddy.

The run can be done with lots of water, or lower than indicated in the flows section, but is best at the recommended flows as a scenic trip, providing a more engaging alternative to walking the Salmon River trail.


Boaters looking for a full day will often continue down the Sandy River to the Sleepy Hollow Rd bridge.

Rapid Descriptions


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Robert Cruser
11 months ago

I was going off memory, and spaced-off the big (5' diameter) log about 1.5 miles down from put-in. We ducked it at a low-medium so didn't register with me. Reports say it is still there and makes the upper part of this section unrunnable in a practical sense for cats/rafts at any flow because of lack of portage options and no good access downstream of it. At higher flows it creates a serious hazard. Recent look by a friend says there is also other wood scattered around in the river in the vicinity of the climbing wall. Sorry for misleading original post.

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Robert Cruser
11 months ago

11/29/2017 Ran from Wilderness Trailhead to Arrah Wanna bridge, level 2200 Sandy at Marmot, low side of medium. Totally clear of wood, run took 90 minutes.

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.


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