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Skykomish River (WA) - July 17, 2010
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SF Skykomish above Hwy. 2 bridge
I arrived early and took the frame and tubes down the narrow trail separately. First Sky trip for me since 2002
Mt. Index Rd., at Cable Drop trail. Used to use this many years ago with Downstream
Cable Drop trailhead. USFS is considering widening and improving trail, as well as a possible rail system
Midpoint, looking back up
Looking down from midpoint
Bottom of trail
Put-in eddy area. Practice spot for paddlers
Back up trail to see if the rest of the group had arrived at the confluence put-in....
Put-in is just above confluence with NF Sky
A few boats are still using the NF Sky. This was my first ever confluence launch. All other cataraft launches were on the NF Sky under the Index bridge
A few more pop down from the NF
Parking adjacent to Hwy. 2 - watch out for traffic!
Paul and crew(s) are almost ready
Surfing at the confluence looking back up the NF Sky
Upper stretch has numerous riverside residences
Looking back at Hwy. 2 bridge
Clouds around Mt. Index start to clear
Stopping to scout Boulder Drop
Took slot #2 today. Tried to come in with right to left momentum, ride the ledge and pillow to the left. Hung up briefly and pivoted
Survived Boulder Drop! Looking upstream from the bottom
Lower BD close-up
Below BD. Still clearing...
Unzoomed version of above
Lunch Hole activity
Lunch Hole activity zoom and crop
Dueling catarafts, and kayaks wait to play
Cropped version of previous. Jim and Joe thru Lunch Hole
Lunch Hole beach was occupied by others
Lunch stop below Surf Wave
Weather was best today during lunch. Adding in a bit of microbrew beer topped it off
Floating serenely along the lower Sky
Last rapid above bridge
Approaching Gold Bar Big Eddy take-out
Into Big Eddy at 5:22pm after pleasant run on the Sky!
USGS Flow at 07/17/2010 12:00 PDT 2,550 CFS
- U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)