Crooked Fork (Lochsa trib), Idaho, US
Hopeful Creek to Lochsa River
||III-V (for normal flows)
Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork at Highway 12; 11 miles
This segment is the run described in Grant Amaral's guidebook. The first couple miles are
class II with lots of wood and a couple sections of braided channel. You can expect about ten
portages in this section with a couple of longer ones through the woods.
Things begin to pick up with a couple granite slides and class III boulder gardens. About four
miles in you reach a couple of class IV gorge sections. You will want to scout these for wood
which is in play throughout this upper reach.
As you pass the confluence with Boulder Creek, the flow picks up. The river then enters a class V
section. You can portage or run sections of this. Below this the river opens up to II and
III boogie water to the take-out.
Brushy Fork at Highway 12 to Lochsa River; 7 miles
This section of the creek is class III boogie water and a good introductory creeking run. You
will encounter a couple technical spots, and lots of moves to keep it interesting, but nothing
too hard. Best when the Lochsa is in the 8k to 15k range. Of the two segments, this one is
probably the higher quality run even though it is not described in the Amaral guidebook.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-05-24 15:00:56