Channels are mostly clear and easy to read- there are lots of sleepers, but as long as you're paying attention, nothing big until Little Snag- even the few we hit were soft and easy to spin off. The water moves quickly all the way to Mtn Sheep and is definitely deep enough- no scraping, just some maneuvering.
We lined the boat around the right end through the reeds. Not difficult. The strainer is a full on tree- not brushy, just a long trunk with several limbs coming off. There was some dissension about whether or not we could have simply gone over it and broken the limbs in the process (Kayakers: on rafting
). For the sake of the raft, I wouldn't suggest that. At lower levels it will be worse, at higher it could be gone.
Originally Posted by rivermanryan
From your prospective, how difficult is it to get a raft over the strainer. Did you line it through as Count suggested, or was it a full on portage? Is it possible with a little work that a passage can be made? Is this a logjam/brushy kind of strainer? I am thinking of taking the family to do Bradfield to Mountain Sheep this weekend. Are the channels clear and easy to read or will there be a lot of rock scrapping at this level?
Thanks for the beta! -RC