Stuff to look out for:
*The first substantial drop after the 2nd river crossing on the hike up has a protruding undercut finger backed up by a piton rock. This is not in play at high med and up, but is potentially nasty at med and lower. It is in the R line, which is the meat line.
*The 23'er has undercuts/caves behind the curtain and on the R wall. Be careful and consider hooking up a strong swimmer to go in after them if it becomes an issue. 2 people have found these, neither had good experiences down there.
*The mandatory portage is immed. after the first substantial drop below the 23' falls. After running this, you will round a slight R bend and see the gorge with a huge tree spanning the creek. Get out at the first eddy on the R. This eddy is only good for about 3 boats, so space accordingly. If you miss this eddy all is not lost, but you'll have a bitch of a time portaging the deadly undercut spigot falls. Best portage route is to hike up the very steep hillside above said last eddy, until you hit a road. Take it to the gate, hike down to big falls on obvious trail. To portage, ferry across above falls, scale down to the last ledge, line boats down, huck your gear, jump and swim after it.
*Be aware this is grizzly country and they are thick up there.
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