Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Secret Stash

Nick, Alex and I took a trip into the hills looking for a low water adventure. Armed with wetsuits and tubes, we set out to explore the ""secret stash". Discovered by an older generation of boaters, they kept this slice of whitewater in obscurity. One can only imagine why, maybe they wanted to have somewhere to go only they knew of, maybe they wanted to make sure the access stayed open, I like to think they left it so others could explore it and figure it out for themselves. It was a bit of a drive from Gresham, luckily the gates were all open and we drove straight to the take out bridge. This is what we found...
This drop is much larger than this photo would let on. 15 foot ramp to 25 foot freefall was my estimate after looking from base and lip.
Gettin' some sweet tubing in the crux section.
Alex starts his tubing rampage for the day.
Myself checking out the lip of the big one. lots of bedrock on this creek.
The entrance falls into the crux section. Only line would be right where Alex is, not sure it goes really given the landing is a sheet of bedrock.
Alex in the crux gorge.
all photos by Nick Hymel.
Alex finished the day with a solid showing on the tube. Running every tube-able drop plus some...
I put this report up to encourage people to keep exploring, there is still plenty of stuff out there. I will be back to this area with my kayak if I can motivate people, so keep an eye out for a more detailed report this winter.


Pete said...

Are gates open for hunting season now? Got some things to look at too.

Jacob said...

I know in the coast range gates are usually open in November/October. Secret Stash is open year round except for snow as I bet you were already aware. But I think we have a few more weeks till we can get past the hunter gates.

Pete said...

Nope, haven't figured out the Secret Stash location. I think I might have a guess for your mission coming up though.