Originally Posted by robemega
Alpine is fun at 6K. People seem to have trouble with Haircut (Kissing wall?). You will see the long wave train close to the right wall that leads up to Haircut. The right wall looks like it's going to rip your boat if you get too close (resist the urge to be far from it). I guess people try to stay off the wall too much and then can't pull away from Haircut, which is the river left wall that the wavetrain pushes you into as it turns right. I hope this makes sense.
Megan's advice on Haircut is right on -- enjoy the wavetrain along the right wall and be ready to make strong moves right where the wall stops.
[In hindsight, what I have written below may be too much detail for you -- you might skip it if you don't want to know too much.]
Just to orient you a bit, the first rapid of any significance was created a few years ago by a landslide on the right (many call it Double Draw) -- easy to read, roughly center left entrance (there is a hole far left), follow tongue. Very shortly after that you will see the right wall that leads toward Haircut.
How will you know you are getting near Kahuna? There will be a very long straight flat section called the Gauging Straight which will narrow into wavy Black Canyon from which you will begin to see the white of Kahuna -- it may not look like much because you drop into Kahuna and the distance view does not show the drop -- as I said you can see from road and sneak it if you want.
Lunchcounter is immediately after Kahuna (there IS a quiet spot to regroup if necessary between Kahuna and Lunchcounter on river left; pretty sure you could even get out and scout Lunchcounter from there is you felt the need -- most don't). At this flow, I think you can just take the tongue; seems like sometimes you can go a bit right to avoid a wave that the tongue leads to if desired; big pool after.
After more quiet water after Lunchcounter, is Rope which has a beautiful tall rock wall on the left. Personally, I like to enter Rope from the left to hit the curler at top left (and then move just a bit toward center to be sure to hit the best waves), center approach is also fine -- it is a very fun wavetrain.
Next, most folks enter Champagne from the left, which may push you a bit toward the right wall as you exit, but no big deal, might bump the wall (it is a very short rapid). I already mentioned Cottonwood which is the last rapid.
I hope this helps. For Fourth of July weekend, you will probably be following a long line of other boats -- leave some room (especially if you decide to run the meat at Kahuna -- you could run into a stalled vehicle).