Above- Punchbowl Falls- Photo Credit: Christy Hammond
I have now been in the Pacific North West of the United States for 6days! I have been lucky to get on new sections of river everyday including the Middle & Lower White Salmon, Trout Creek, The Wind, Canyon Creek, Farmlands, Eagle Creek and Celestial Falls. The rivers here are beautiful but the water is really cold!!! I really like the continuous style of the rivers though and the range that they have here.
Last night we went and paddled Celestial Falls, dropping over the lip just before sunset! It was just Ricketts, Jeff & I and it was really beautiful and nice but a bit of a mission to get there...after being refused entry at the Park site & threatened to be arrested by the park ranger we had to drive up the road to find a different point of entry to the river. We got on well above the falls and paddled down before portaging the massive unrunnable waterfall behind Celestial. We then had to paddle out for another 45mins to a legit exit point. Today we hiked in with a big crew to run Punchbowl and Metlako. Punchbowl was really fun! Metlako was a big hit and for me I went a bit crooked when going down the falls and ended up hitting a bit on the side. I was ejected out of my boat straight away with a lot of force but all was good.
Above- Metlako Falls (82feet) Photo credit- Christy Hammond