Riley, Hojo and I ran it this evening, from four mile to 30th st.
The 5 foot boof with the log was pretty sweet, but that big log needs to go. Unfortunately it's root ball is buried in the ledge. This will change again significantly with more water. It is so impressive, how big the rock right below there, that used to form the entry is. The forces required to roll that one are truly immense.
Too many changes to list; it felt exploratory for me and it was a personal first for my companions. 80 cfs on the Orodell gauge. Seemed like 125 or so to me. Bony but manageable.
Any ledge drop that wasn't well anchored, eroded up stream, making some drops bigger and others disappear. Some of the notoriously manky corners seem to have cleaned up, and others have been created, but all in all it remains very runnable. More horizon lines to boat scout and many of the lines have moved from one side of the river to the other. There is certainly some wood to be cleared up top, but beyond the monster tree in the entrance boof, none require more than a hand trimming. I moved some chunks of steel around, but there is more guardrail lodged in there that should be removed.
I think there may be some big new holes towards the bottom of Buttress proper, if we get good run off.
The drop just above the play park dam is all but gone.
1/3 of the channel in the main park is now large cobble/rubble. Smaller eddies likely at good flow, but most drops are similar until you get to widow maker. It has lost all its teeth, as the rocks above and below have moved significantly. The earthen dam at the bottom of that pool is gone and the mankiness below there is almost river wide.
Someone got in there and cut the big logs at broadway and a few other places. One mandatory portage below Folsom st. remains. A couple trees we all slid over and a few we all ducked under. One river wide steel cable, right at water level, from a broken footbridge that will collect more wood and may require portaging if not removed soon.
One giant Cottonwood that is precariously angled over the main channel will likely fall this winter and require serious professional help. I think this was below Folsom, but it was getting dark.
Water does not smell clean. Not sure what all is in there; prolly better off not knowing.
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