Mineral Creek, N. Fork - Gale to Mineral Creek

Mineral Creek, N. Fork, Washington, US


Gale to Mineral Creek

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 58 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12083000 600 - 1000 cfs IV(V) 00h29m 356 cfs (too low)

River Description

See Shawn Wickstrom and John Whaley's description in Bennett. They describe many logs and characterize this run as an enjoyable day for the adventurous paddler.

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Last Updated: 2015-08-05 21:48:00

Rapid Descriptions

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April 18 2005 (4695 days ago)
Michael TennantDetails
On 17 April 2005, Nick Newhall, David Chatham, Scott Waidelich, and Mike Tennant ran NF Mineral
Creek at ~800 CFS on the Mineral Creek gauge (~400 in NF Mineral). This is mainly a continuous
Class III run with four 15' drops, small eddies and plenty of wood potential. The run has changed
slightly from the description in Bennett most likely due to wood accumulation, which apparently has
formed a ~15' drop.

The first 15' drop is super clean, as described in Bennett. We eddied on the left and ran left of
center. Sweet drop.

After about a half mile or so, you come to the next 15' drop. This is a broken ledge drop with a
funky hydraulic at the base of the drop (center). Definitely worth a look. With enough water you
could drive left into a small river left eddy between the two ledges and continue left down a
slide. However, something looks funky in the center and might result in some unintentional
park-n-play. It could just be the water level. We ran it left from the mid-drop pool.

After a short pool below the second 15' drop there is a small S-turn drop that we entered left and
followed the tongue around right. The top right is rocky and the bottom left has a pretty decent
hole, all of which are easily avoided. Then you have about a mile or more of class II-IIIā€¦ watch
for wood. We had one portage in this section around a log that spanned the river. I squeezed under
it, but the IKs wouldn't have it.

The next 15' drop is apparently formed by a log jam. We eddied on left for a scout. There are a few
horizontally pinned logs that appear to have collected debris and dammed the flow. We ran this
center driving right. The log creating the pour-over tends to stall you out, but the next log below
is slightly downstream and gives you an auto-boof if you are driving right.

After another mile or more of Class II-III (get the idea) you come to another drop that again,
appears to have formed from a log jam. We scouted from right and ran this center left. Again the
pour-over log stalls you out, but the next log down auto-boofs you out onto the pillow. Watch for
wood in the pool. There was a log in the right side of the pool, which appears fairly benign as
long as you land flat heading out of the pool. This drop is really overhung and you can look back
up underneath a ways. The pool behind the apron looks reasonably calm, but I am not sure I would
want to be back there.

After that, you have a few miles of Class II-III and more wood. All the wood we encountered from
that point on, we could work around. At a higher water level the run would clean up more, however
the wood could be a bigger danger due to smaller eddies and faster moving water. That said, I am
not sure I would want to paddle it at a lower lever than what we had.

A fun run over all, but if I go back at this level I think I'll take a playboat.


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