Having fled the rain and coming snow in Idaho (they got 3 more feet in the mountains), we headed to Oregon to check out some creeks that usually only run during winter. We hit both Canyon Creek Oregon and Canyon Creek Washington, and also went to the wedding of our friends Allen and Jess near Hood River.
Canyon Creek, Oregon
About half way through the run you reach Osprey - the big class V drop. Osprey has a tricky lead in and a few holes to punch, with sieves and undercuts lining the sides if you mess up. Nicolas showed us how it's done, firing off a really nice line.
Below Osprey, Canyon Creek continued with fun little ledges and beautiful mossy gorges - a great intro to Oregon creeking!
The next day Andria and I got a run on Upper Quartzville Creek, having another fun taste of the area's whitewater. Unfortunately, it was a bit rainy that day so I didn't pull out the camera. The following day we met Nicolas and his friend Casey for a run on a true classic - Opal Creek. Opal was a phenomenal run, but it was a very Oregon day out there. The precip started with sleet in the middle of the night, and turned to rain and went right through the morning. The temperature dropped to the 40s and hovered there. When we got to the put in, we got some freezing mix as we started the walk up the trail. The whole time we were on the river it was raining and in the low 40s, and the rain kept right on going after we took out. I'm super bummed that I didn't get any pictures of this run. If you're ever in Oregon for creeking, Opal Creek is the one to do. Bring your drysuit, though, because the weather is like December there even in June!