I just ran this section again from Parrot`s Crossing to Leidel and not only is this tree still there, but it is becoming even worse as new wood is collecting and creating an enormous logjam. The tree is a huge Ponderosa that is easily 40 inches in diameter and is very securely pinned on both ends, blocking the entire main channel. It iis not going anywhere for a very long time and it will take either an epic flood of historic proportion or some seriouos explosives to clear this out.
Mike, Your frame and what appears to be a mountain bike and some other unidentifiable gear is still very securely pinned. I crawled out onto the log and tried to pull on your frame but it will not budge. Furthermore, it looks like additional wood is now piling up behind your frame. From what I could see though, it still looks undamaged. I am friends with Mark at Zollers and he informed my that a couple of his guides recovered your raft and reunited you with it.
I have given Riley at Andy & Bax an updated report along with Rolf at Klickitat Trader and of course Mark at Zollers. In addition, I have passed this information along to All Star in Maupin so more of the river community gets the word spread about this potential killer. I am glad you guys made it out alive! I have also posted another flyer on the tree at Parrot`s Crossing as the one from last year is gone.
Anyone floating this section take heed and DO NOT attempt to run the main right channel. The water is fast and it is highly unlikely that you will be able to get out and to shore in time to avoide being dragged into this mess. Last spring, this same tree claimed a large cat. Fortunately as in Mike`s case, no lives were lost but the cat was a total loss.
Here is the exact location and how to get around it:
River Mile 47.25 approximately 3 miles downstream from parrot`s Crossing at a very prominent sharp right hand bend in the river with high basals headwalls on river left. It is the second headwall. There is also a very pronounced island mid channel.
LAT/LON: 46.06191N -121.24675W
UTM: 10T 635606m 5102420m
You will be travelling almost due east through a pretty section of canyon with a high cliff wall on your right and dense willow trees on river left. There are a couple of round orange plasic markers with arrows directing you to stay left hanging in these trees. You will run a class 2 riffle that take you toward a very high basalt headwall with columns on river left. STAY FAR LEFT. This takes you to the entrance of the small secondary left channel at the head of the island. Enter this channel and dock on the island to scout.
When I ran this last year at 3500 CFS, this channel was a fast flowing, narrow, but easy to run chute with a few large boulders that are fairly easy to navigate around. This trip at 1400 CFS, I had to get out and drag the cat over the rocks in this very rocky, shallow chute.
Here are some of the pictures of this mess and the approach:
The upper riffle before the right hand bend:
View of the tree and logjam from the head of the island:
Close ups of the logjam and the raft frame:
Make no mistake about it, this thing is potentially very deadly hazard and portaging it is mandatory. Anyone running this section (or any other section) of this river should call Zollers, Rolf at Klickitat Trader or Riley at Andy & Bax in Portland and get updated information. This will be especially true next spring after the spring floods rearrange the wood in the river.
As for the dam, what a mess! I cannot believe that the state has allowed such a disastrous dam removal. When I ran this at 3500, it was an easy shot right of center over the dam without a care in the world. At this low flow however, the rebar is exposed everywhere and worse, that steel flashing is exposed and is ripped and shredded. There is no way you want to go over this in a loaded boat at this flow. It would slice and dice your boat beyond repair. What I elected to do was use a very easy to hit landing spot on river left just about 50 yards above the dam and scout. I actually waded in waist deep water with little current and pushed the cat ahead of me on the far left where there is no rebar and a natural spillway. I guided in gently over and around the sharp metal and onto the rocks. The left channel is unrannable at these low flows so you have to drag your craft back to the right and put back into the main channel in a rock garden. Like the the logjam, its a pain in the ass but doable.
Note to mods:
Yes it`s me. Not here to cause trouble or post anything other than this. Lock the account if you feel the need but please leave this post as it concerns a serious safety concern.....SW