Christy Creek, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||300 fpm|
|N FK OF M FK WILLAMETTE R NR OAKRIDGE, OR|
|usgs-14147500||3.50 - 4.50 ft||V||00h50m||1.72 ft (too low)|
Check out Steve Stuckmeyer's cautionary description of the upper run in Jason Rackley's Oregon Kayaking. This section is not necessarily recommended but the trip report provides information on the access to the lower section.
Using the lower put in makes this run a must do for an adventurous class V boater living in the Willamette Valley. Trip Reports of this lower section can be found at the Wheels and water and Into The Outside blogs.
The hike to the put in takes 1/2 hr-1 hr depending on group size and hiking ability. Things start off from the get go with boat scoutable boulder gardens. Before too long the rapids dictate a couple of quick scouts and some may choose to portage a couple of the rapids before Rhinosex. The boulder garden just above Rhinosex is challenging and has a seive in the middle. There is an optional portage on the left, if you get 20 feet above river level the portage is easy over flat ground before descending back to the streambed to run the last ledges above Rhinosex. Rhinosex is portaged on the left but has been run, with a high rate of carnage. This is the beginning of the bedrock rapids, with Balls Falls and Snake Bit not far below. Proceed cautiously, Balls Falls has a class III-IV rapid wrapping around a left bend right into the lip. Scout left with a possible portage on the right. It is also possible to run the first drop on the right into the eddy and portage the rest, though it requires a little effort. Snake Bite is not far below and can be scouted/portaged/run left or right. Below here are a number of class IV-V boulder gardens and a section of low angle slides with sticky holes at higher flows. Below the slides things cool off to a class II-III runout to the NFMF Willamette, the take out is the same as the Miracle Mile.
Using the Miracle Mile take out gauge, shoot for 1.5'. Currently (January 2015) 1' is considered lower runnable, and 2' is considered higher runnable.