Dingford Creek, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||V+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||820 fpm|
|Max Gradient||1670 fpm|
For all but a handful of paddlers in the world this creek is unrunnable. It's listed here to document the existence of whitewater that has been boated, but it is at the very extreme limit of what is being run. The last half mile is basically one long set of waterfalls and slides (it's basically the side of a mountain)
The "run" was featured in the video Twitch 2000 and was also the site of Tao Berman's speed altitude descent record featured in Twitch IV. He paddled over five of the creek's waterfalls for a total of 100 vertical feet in 19.38 seconds in May of 2001. In the years since packrafters have even discovered the creek (see video)
LOGISTICS: To check out this river take exit 33 off I-90 and head north towards the truck stop. The Middle Fork Road (FR 56) turns off to the right within a half mile or so. Start your trip odometer and watch for milepost signs. At mile 5 you will cross the Concrete Bridge across the Middle Fork and at mile 12 you will cross the Taylor River. Within 100 yards of the Taylor River bridge, the Middle Fork Road turns off to the right and heads up a short hill (it's easy to miss this turnoff as the spur road, which looks like the main road and continues straight, comes to a gated dead end). From this point on the road is in very poor condition. You could conceivably make it in a car, but a high clearance vehicle is strongly recommended. Continue another 6.6 miles from the turn-off to the Dingford Creek trailhead at Middle Fork Road mile 18.6. Park here and it's another hundred yards or so to the bridge across Dingford Creek.