Just downstream of Entrance Ledge, Finder's Keepers is a fun 10' ledge that leads into the inner gorge.
The Take Out is at the dead end of Forest Service Road 41, the Trailhead for hiking into Saint Mary's Wilderness from the bottom of the valley.
Levels on this one can be hard to figure out, but it appears a gauge is being installed on Saint Mary's itself which should prove very helpful in the future.
When using the Tye gauge, look for 1100 when rising or 1500 on a falling gauge. The upper Tye drainage is close, but the gauge is far downstream so not that reliable. The dificulty of this stream is also influenced greatly by the level. If your in there at 2500 or more expect all the rapid ratings to bump up a notch and scouting and portaging to be very difficult.
The first attempt on this run was made at very high water and the first complete descent discribed below was done at a minimal flow. If you make a run please report the levels so we can get more data to and dial in the min and max levels more accurately.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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St. Mary's River Gorge
(JH) First Descent of Saint Mary's Falls
(JH) Adam on the second descent of St Mary's Falls
(AG) St Mary's Falls at summer flow
(AG) Dustin runs Finder's Keepers
(JH) Brandon droping into Finder's Keepers
(JH) First Descent of Finder's Keepers
(AG) John runs the slide above St Mary's Falls
(AG) view downstream from the put in at the confluence
(AG) Typical boulder garden 100 yards upstream of St Mary's Falls
(AG) end of the 80 foot low angle slide
(AG) John begins his hike into Saint Mary's Gorge
(AG) Brandon boofs Entrance Ledge
(JH) Adam drops into You Go First
(JH) First Descent of You Go First
(JH) Second Descent of Saint Mary's Falls
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