Wind River, Washington Above Trout Creek to Columbia River

Trout Creek, Washington

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The Wind River is a classic stream with plenty of action. It flows freely down the southern flanks of Mount Adams to the Columbia River near Carson Hot Springs. The springs make a wonderful end to a day's paddle, with good food, lodging, and clawfoot tubs for soaking. Don't miss this "hot spot" on your way home. Though boaters have run the Wind River in paddle rafts, catarafts, and even an open canoe (Richard Frenzel), I can only recommend kayaks and decked canoes here. In open craft, the river’s continuous obstacles can be negotiated by experts only. The pool-drop rapids of the lower Wind River make it much more forgiving than the upper section. Strong intermediate boaters can make the run if they go in the company of more advanced boaters. Few run the lower stretch, due to the extremely strenuous portage at Shipherd Falls. Those who make the effort are rewarded with Class III to IV rapids, a beautiful and isolated canyon, and hot springs to console trembling muscles.
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by Robb Keller (Falcon Guides)

The Wind River is a classic stream with plenty of action. It flows freely down the southern flanks of Mount Adams to the Columbia River near Carson Hot Springs. The springs make a wonderful end to a day's paddle, with good food, lodging, and clawfoot tubs for soaking. Don't miss this "hot spot" on your way home.

Though boaters have run the Wind River in paddle rafts, catarafts, and even an open canoe (Richard Frenzel), I can only recommend kayaks and decked canoes here. In open craft, the river’s continuous obstacles can be negotiated by experts only. The pool-drop rapids of the lower Wind River make it much more forgiving than the upper section. Strong intermediate boaters can make the run if they go in the company of more advanced boaters. Few run the lower stretch, due to the extremely strenuous portage at Shipherd Falls. Those who make the effort are rewarded with Class III to IV rapids, a beautiful and isolated canyon, and hot springs to console trembling muscles.

©  Robb Keller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Trout Creek
Distance: 18
Elevation Loss: 1,050 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class IV-V
Driving Directions: Directions to Wind River, Washington: Above Trout Creek to Columbia River

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