Zigzag, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||108 fpm|
|SANDY RIVER NEAR MARMOT, OR|
|usgs-14137000||1000 - 3000 cfs||III-IV||00h59m||785 cfs (too low)|
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Flows: The Sandy @ Marmot gauge is a loose correlation (and varies by season a bit), but can give you a ballpark idea. 1,500-2,500 cfs and dropping is medium.
Check the photos tab for the visual gauge on the creek, it is not advisable to run the creek at high water unless you know the run, and the current wood situation well.
Stream: A unique run flowing off of Mt. Hood that is consistently runnable fall through snowmelt. In 2010 the run lacked any mandatory wood portages, in 2017 there was a fair bit of wood in the upper reaches. Expect the situation to change year to year and even month to month sometimes.
The run is fast with few eddies and will test a paddlers coping skills, as stopping is often not achieved simply through eddy catching. Running up onto shallow sections or grabbing branches is a common strategy. The run is fast and keeps your brain engaged. While no individual rapid is very hard (mostly III+), stacked together it is enjoyable for class IV boaters. There is one moving pool at the Still Creek confluence, the rest of the run is relentless. Best on a warm day with some snowmelt.
Access: The best run starts on HWY 26 and ends on HWY 26. If you are driving Eastbound the first time you cross the creek is the takeout, the second time is the put-in.
If the wood situation is a bummer in the upper part of the run, people will put in at Tollgate Campground instead.
When the wood situation allows, some boaters like to continue down to the bridge near the Sandy or even further. In 2017 there was a big log jam between the Still Creek confluence and the Sandy confluence.