Hood, E. Fork - Sherwood Campground to Hwy 35 Bridge

Hood, E. Fork, Oregon, US


Sherwood Campground to Hwy 35 Bridge

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 155 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14120000 5.00 - 8.00 ft IV-V 00h33m 3.61 ft (too low)

River Description

A good roadside creeking run. See the description and photos at Oregon Kayaking.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-01-25 06:33:09

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 6 2013 (2080 days ago)
T4eresa (153294)
Flows notes. There's a new gauge on the West Fork, here:
http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?id=WFHO3. It reads lower than the
Tucker gauge by something less than a foot. The flows in the East fork increase all day long on hot
(over 80 in Portland) and sunny days, esp if there's an east wind. When the AW site says it's too
low at Tucker (under 5 feet but close), go late in the day.
May 6 2013 (2080 days ago)
T4eresa (153294)
Wood update. Two new pieces in the bottom section, for a total of three cross-river obstacles, all
in the bottom mile. Specifics: one portage right, one duck right, and one hop in the middle, I
believe in that order. We've started taking out at Rouston Park which is 3/4 of the run mentioned
above and misses the worst wood. There are still trees to avoid but they are visible with routes
around. Rouston is gated so if the gate is closed you are still going to the bridge.
July 4 2011 (2752 days ago)
T4eresa (153294)
If you run bridge to bridge there are currently two logs to portage. If you put in at the trailhead
you miss one, and if you takeout at the first pullout on the right above the takeout bridge, you
will miss the other log. It is worth doing. Scout the takeout though, because you have to beat
through a thicket and it sucks to do it with a boat when you don't know if you're in the right
place. The first half of the run is more technical and steeper. It is continuous class IV within
1/4 mile of the launch. If you blow one move you better make the next one! The whole thing is
read-and-runnable for suitably skilled boaters. Lost boats go a long way even at low water. There
is not a single pool but there are eddies. There's more brush/alders on the 2nd half of the run but
it's all currently passable. Locals tell me that the rocks and wood shift every year. Low water is
a good option for a first run. Apparently some of the holes are wicked at high water. Usually not
runnable in July! We had a late melt this year. The East Fork runs later on high snowmelt, the West
Fork has a lower and smaller snowfield and runs more from rainfall. The Tucker gauge shows both
forks combined and does not tell you which fork has the water.

Associated Projects

  • Mt. Hood Wilderness (OR)
    In 2009 new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers were established for the forests of Mt. Hood.