Waptus - Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac


Waptus, Washington, US

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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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