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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2 Responses to “Scouting a Coastal Creek”

  1. 1 steve January 16, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    cummins creek? rock creek? looks kinda familiar! :)

    beautiful day on jordan creek had ya driven north w/ your creeker! course gary m. styled it in his playboat…

  2. 2 kate January 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Yep. Cummins Creek. With so many boaters in this region, it was pretty arrogant of me to think that i could find a creek in the coast range that hadn’t been run, particularly with a gazillion more talented boaters out there than me. Of course I will still run this creek source to sea. That’d be cool. Thanks for head up Steve.

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