4 of us hiked in from Buck Creek trailhead last July 8. ~11 mile hike IIRC, over Burger Pass, under China Cap. Lots of gorgeous granite up high. Still lots of snowfields to cross when we went.
Diurnal swing was 1000-1100 for us. I wouldn't want more. It was moving really fast, and there was wood everywhere. We did lots of creative ducking and limboing, and probably had to get out to portage 6-7 times.
Above Red's Ranch there was lots of fast III, a fair bit of legit read and run IV, and a few that maybe even pushed into IV+ at these flows. No V.
I would imagine that at ~600cfs everything would feel a grade easier.
There is one bedrock gorge that I cannot imagine it being possible to stumble into. Riverwide ledge/horizon line at the entrance. Easy scout.
Below Red's it was fast, continuous II-II+ all the way into Minam.
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