There are two tough drops with large boulders blocking the creek, at least one of which I saw from the road. Definitely go right at the second one; I think I went right at the first one, too. They appear suddenly. This upper section (Sabillasville to Baugh Rd.) is not for Class 2 paddlers! It's more like steady and fast 3-4 with mandatory fast decisions required. I'm not sure if this section overlaps the official section or whether it's upstream, but it's fun and worth doing, if you don't have to drive too far.
You need a big rain, especially for the first section, and the Catoctin gauge reading for that part should be at least 800 cfs.
Robert Miller suggests:
If the Catoctin gauge is 500 cfs and rising, you should find runable water on Owens. Owens, Hunting, and Middle(Catoctin Creek) all begin within a couple mile radius of each other.
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