Lot's of rearangement with the wood and rock situation (entire rapids) from the large flows. Did it Saturday with an early start. Broken boat took some extra time (had to pull the seat and patch twice so come prepared), roughly 8 hours top to bottom. Launched about 9:30.
Nearly all of the wood can be avoided for the first 3 miles, depending on comfort level. Just before the canyon closes in (roughly mile 3), at a left bend in the river there is a nasty steel cable amongst a wood portage.
We made good time to about mile 4.5 and then we had a few ugly wood portages slow us down.
At mile 5ish there is a NEW SIEVE! Immediately after the 2nd or 3rd tight narrows a quick lead in has few eddies and a sieve below. There is a NPS boundary sign on river left directly at the sieve (which might confirm the real milage). We portaged river right where the better eddies were.
Below here there are two poorly placed log jams. One is river wide and kind of walled in. It is shallow enough to have one person stand on the left side, pull the others over, and have enough room to get in your boat on the other side of the log. The second one has a calm eddy above it to get out on a log and walk over.
The falls had a great flow to huck. The hole looked sticky with poor safety set up. So we boofed. We finally made it to camp 3 at around 3pm and replaced our boat patch the rebroke.
Lot's of water below the confluences. Great flow and very swift. All of the narrows are clear. Some of the boulder garden rapids have wood, all of which is avoidable. Some of the moves around the wood are fast and pushy at our flow (650ish). Solid class IV whitewater at Saturdays level. It was a lot of fun to not be scraping. Once you get to the hiking trail in the last mile there is the biggest drop of the run. IV+ with some big holes, but an easy sneak or portage route.
The canyon is amazing. By far one of the coolest kayaking runs I have ever done, especially with a very adequate flow top to bottom. We still took lots of photos and stopped a good number of times in the bottom 8 miles, and made it to the top parking lot at about 5:30.
Need to go to sleep now. Too much driving and not enough sleeping. We'll organize some pics and more of a write up soon.
Don't bring an old boat in there, because it will break. Go prepared. Had we not had a ridiculous amount of protecto wrap, a screwdriver, drying cloth, and a pointy knife we wouldn't have been able to patch the boat and definitely wouldn't have made it out that night. Get some.