Archive for January 15th, 2008


Scouting a Coastal Creek

Given the amount of rain that the Oregon coast receives it is little wonder that there are multitude of small creeks out there- some paddled, others waiting for that first descent. One of my goals is to paddle source to sea on one of these little creeks. On Sunday I went on a hike to scout one of the creeks that I didn’t think had been run [Editors update: This creek has been run many times and is in soggy sneakers]. It was a tough choice to hike because the Nelscott Reef Tow-in Surf competition was happening in Lincoln city. Watching the pro-sufrers surf 30 ft waves or scouting? This time scouting for creeking prevailed.

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I’ll go back to check the creek after a good storm and hike to the headwaters next time (with GPS to check elevation gain). For sure there’ll be a bunch of portages and I don’t think the water will offer up any more than a class II/III, at least as far as I hiked. This trip presented a sunny day, good swell and numerous photo opportunities. I love the Oregon coast!

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