2012 Klickitat River, Class III/III+
Klickitat River - Leidl Campground
Date: June 9/10, 2012
River: Klickitat, Class III/III+
Contact: Doug Smith,, 503-232-5285
Trip Information: Klickitat River, Saturday June 9 with optional boating on Sunday. 19 miles from the gauging station/raft put-in north of Glenwood to Leidl Campground. Camping is available at our house north of Glenwood Friday and Saturday for anyone who does not want to drive up Saturday morning or who wants to stay over Saturday, have a potluck and optionally boat on Sunday.
This run is fast-paced and continuous through a deep gorge with high, columnar basalt walls and great scenery. The upper canyon (above the fish hatchery) is Class III/III+, continuous, cold and iwth significant tree hazards. Swims can be dangerous, so wet suits/dry suits are recommended and a Class IV attitude with constant attention to the oars is needed. There is an opportunity to pick up less adventurous passengers (i.e. kids) at the Fish hatchery half way through for a warmer, milder float for the last 10 miles.