Canyon Creek (S.F. Still. trib), Washington, US
1 - Confluence to Hampton Tree Farm Bridge (Upper)
||IV-V (for normal flows)
A run for those with a sense of adventure, since it includes a 1.5 mile hike in on a FS trail to
the put-in at the confluence of the North and South Forks and a 1/2 mile hike out on a logging
road. (You could continue on through the next section for 4 miles of class 2 instead). The run
starts with some class 4 and class 3, then settles down into some flatwater through some beautiful
gorges. After the flatwater the river takes off downhill through an exciting 1/2 mile section of
continuous class 4-5 ledges and boulder gardens. After the 4/5 section the action lets up to class
3+, eventually slowing down to class 2 with a couple logjams in the last few miles. Still, if you
don't mind working for your rewards, this may be just the trip for you. Just make sure to get an
First known descent in March 2004 by Mike Tennant and Jeff Bowman.
2nd known descent in March 2004 by Mike Tennant, Dan Bogh and Joe Sauve.
No other known runs of this section. Please post comment if you have any information about other
descents of this section.
TAKE-OUT: Head east on the Mountain Loop Highway from Granite Falls about 5 miles and look for the
sign marking the entrance to Masonic Park, and gated timber road. Masonic Park is members only, so
unless you're a member of the Mason's you'll need to use the Hampton Tree Farm Bridge as your
take-out. Park near the gate in a wide turnout, careful not to block the gate. The creek is 1/2
mile from the gate, so save some energy at the end of the day for the walk back.
Easiest access is on the downstream river right side of the bridge. This will be the first bridge
you come to on the run. The gravel road is owned by Hampton Tree Farm. Hampton allows non-motorized
recreational use of their roads except in times of extreme fire danger. To check to see if there is
any change to this policy you may call them at 360-848-0404.
PUT-IN: Continue east on the Mountain Loop Highway approximately one mile and turn left onto USFS
Road 41 (also called Green Mountain Road, and is across from the trailhead for the Old Robe
Trail)). Continue approximately 12 miles on 41 and turn left onto Road 4140. The road from here on
is fairly rough and overgrown. After .3 mile the road splits, go left and continue another .3 mile.
Just before the road ends there is a small parking area on the right, just enough for a couple
vehicles. Park here and walk 100 feet or so down the road to find the trailhead. There is a
trail-marker a little ways from the start of the trail. From here it is about 1.5 miles hike
(almost all downhill) to the creek. This is a USFS trail, but a relatively obscure one and doesn't
receive alot of maintenance. Expect to drag your boat over some logs (all part of the fun). The
trail ends near the confluence of the NF and SF of Canyon Creek, the put-in.
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Last Updated: 2007-06-07 16:21:20