Waptus - Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac

Waptus, Washington, US


Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac

Usual Difficulty II-III+(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 64 fpm

River Description

FUN FACT: A hike-in wilderness run.

SEASON: Snowmelt. Usually June.

LOGISTICS: From I-90 take exit 80 and head for Rosyln/Salmon La Sac (those arriving from the east can take exit 84). From I-90 it is 20 miles to the Salmon La Sac campground (most of the way on hwy. 903). Cross the Cle Elum bridge that leads into the campground and park upstream river right of the bridge. The take-out is here on the Cle Elum. To reach the put-in hike up Waptus Lake Trail from the trailhead at Salmon La Sac until you reach the river.

DESCRIPTION: See Mark Johnson's description in Bennett. The Waptus joins the Cle Elum upstream of China Point for approximately a mile of whitewater through the end of the Cle Elum China Gorge.

Lat/Long approximate.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-09-28 02:06:18


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User Comments

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June 15 2016 (762 days ago)
Nick BorelliDetails
Ran this on June 12, 2016 with around 1900 cfs inflow to the Cle Elum. It was 100% clean with no
portages and that included the section of the Cle Elum after your turn the corner.

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