N. Santiam: Bruno Mt Run
On Saturday I got out for a first time run down the Bruno Mt section of the N. Santiam River. I just gotta say that if you haven't run this section it is well worth the effort! Without doubt if the river flows were available year round it would be one of the preferred 1/2 day trips in the state.
We had great sunny weather with temps in the mid 40's, clear water, and a river to ourselves. I was impressed with the continuous Class II-III rapids and a couple larger III+/IV- drops. Despite the easy access provided by the riverside highway, the traffic noise was drowned out completely by the continuous rapids and the highway was seldom visible from the river.
This goes on my list of fun rivers. Nothing too challenging, but just straight up splashy rapids for all 7 miles. Our total trip time was about 1:15 without stops, with a full day it would be easy to run a couple laps on this section.
Below are a couple pics from our trip. I should mention that we ran with about 2800 cfs. I think that a rafting trip would want a minimum 1500 cfs due to the wide and shallow river bed. Much less water and this probably becomes a frustrating rock-fest.
"...and beyond; a far green country under a swift sunrise."