Canyon Creek (S.F. Still. trib) - 1 - Confluence to Hampton Tree Farm Bridge


Canyon Creek (S.F. Still. trib), Washington, US

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1 - Confluence to Hampton Tree Farm Bridge (Upper)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 6.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 76 fpm
Max Gradient 120 fpm


River Description

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 early start!

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.

LOGISTICS:
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.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2007-06-07 16:21:20

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User Comments

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November 7 2016 (229 days ago)
circuitmonkey (151431)
There's an alternate put in along here for those looking to add on a few miles (and 2-3 class III
rapids) to the lower/hampton tree section -and aren't afraid of dragging your boat almost a mile. A
mile into green mountain road you will find an overgrown road off to the left (can be seen on
google maps). Park here and drag your boat about 0.8mile to a dead end along this road, and then
get ready to bushwhack downhill a short steep stretch until you reach the river. From here the
section will start out with about 2 or 3 class III rapids, followed by some fairly consistent II+
until you get to the hampton tree bridge.
September 22 2016 (275 days ago)
Thomas O'KeefeDetails
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest to Close Canyon Creek Bridge Everett, WA, Sept 21, 2016. - The
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will reclose Forest Service Road (FSR) 41 at the Canyon Creek
Bridge on the Darrington Ranger District beginning September 26th, 2016. The bridge has structural
issues and needs to be closed to motorized travel. Foot and bicycle travel is allowed beyond the
bridge. FSR 41 will be closed beginning at the South Fork Canyon Creek Bridge to motor vehicles
during this time. A barrier will be placed along the road beginning on September 26, 2016 and will
remain in place until further notice. Learn more about recreation opportunities on the Mt.
Baker-Snoqualmie website. Plan your visit check trail and road conditions or call the Forest
Service office you plan to visit for more information.


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