that hole can easily be avoided by just running down the right side of the slot. you basically punch the river right edge of the hole. (2 feet further to the right of where Harvey is positioned in his pic)
my picture is of the "old" Sunshine. this was a river wide ledge at the base of the rapid and was what people refereed to as the "falls" that was formed at flows over about 900. It was at the bottom of the rapid with Sunshine rock on river left and at high flows you would get a huge hydraulic with a sneak against the rock. It almost looked like a smaller tunnel falls back in the day.
the hole we are debating right now did not exist until the big floods in 95 shifted the rocks in the rapid and washed away the old "falls".
I don't think anyone is debating whether the hole is easy to avoid or not. the point is that if someone doesn't it is a sticky hole that has and will hand out a beatdown.
btw Mark, how is the PNW treating you?