FUN FACT: Excellent class 2 run with plenty of fun pool drop rapids along its entire length.
SEASON: Winter rains and snowmelt. November through May
UPDATE:The put-in was accessed by walking in on the gated tree farm road near Masonic Park. The previous owners, Hampton Tree Farm allowed walk-in access. Now, the access is owned by Weyerhauser, who require a $75 annual recreational access pass. Go to https://www.weyerhaeuserhuntinglands.com/permits more info.
The good news: Upstream from the better known class 4/5 run, Canyon Creek features an excellent class 2 run. It is similar in character to the classic class 2 runs on the SF Snoqualmie or Cedar River, but with more rapids! The creek winds through green forests and some residential areas. There are excellent class 2 - 2+ rapids along its entire length, with a couple drops that push class 3 at higher flows.
The bad news, is the 1/2 mile walk in, but really its about an easy of a 1/2 mile as you can get. The road is either flat or slightly downhill the whole way and is well maintained.
The walk in may keep some folks away, but this run is really worth doing and has potential as a classic beginner/intermediate run. Just be sure to keep a look out for wood, as the trees sometimes topple into this narrow stream.
The takeout is at the Fishing Access listed in the more well known lower run. To reach it turn onto the Mountain Loop Highway from Granite Falls. From here it's 2.1 miles to the turnoff for Canyon Drive. Follow Canyon Drive 0.7 miles to a fishing access point. If it's your first time down, it would be a good idea to walk down to the creek so that you can recognize the take-out. (You'll need a vehicle use permit from WDFW to park here.)
To reach the put-in return to the Mountain Loop Highway and continue east. In about 3 miles look for the sign marking the entrance to Masonic Park, and gated timber road. Park here and walk-in 1/2 mile to the creek. (Weyerhauser permit required to walk-in).
Masonic Park is members only. If you are a member of the Masons you can use the park, which probably provides an easier put-in and perhaps a few more rapids.
The Department of Ecology used to have a realtime station for this cree, unfortunately it has been discontinued. Look for visual levels around 400-1000. Flows around 500 are good for a first time down. Alternatively, you can use the USGS South Fork Stillaguamish gauge. Look for levels around 5.2 to 6.5 to get you in the ballpark. The Stilly gage is used to show the runnable range for this because the DOE gage for Canyon Creek does not provide direct numerical data.
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Below the put-in
Joe looks downstream
Typical rapid on this section
Joe having fun
Clay wall rapid
One of the bigger rapids
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