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Old 02-13-2017   #1
 
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N. Santiam: Bruno Mt Run

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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.
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Is that the section above Detroit Lake?


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That's the one. Runs from the Bruno Mt road bridge to just above Detroit reservoir.

The access at Bruno Mt is just down the side of the highway, so not the greatest for rafts. But with the snow we were able just to slide the raft down the snow bank with a rope on the back of the raft, and bowline tied to a tree.

The takeout needs to be observed, because you don't want to actually enter the reservoir. At the current level there is a very gnarly looking rapid where the river meets the reservoir. I didn't scout it, but from a distance in the car while driving past I'd guess in the V to V+ range.

We took out at the bridge where Blow Out Road crosses the river before the reservoir. There was a nice dirt ramp to hike the raft up to the road.
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Thanks for posting. That sounds like a fun run. I might check that out next month.
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