Hood River, West Fork White Bridge to Hood River

Hood River, Oregon

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The West Fork Hood River is a beautiful, clear river running through dense mountain forest. Although the river is never more than 0.3 mile form the road, it has an isolated feel. Though the rapids are distinctly pool-drop, they come one after another to make a fast-paced run. Most of the drops are fairly straight-forward, though types are numerous and varied: bedrock ledges; short and congested boulder gardens ending in forgiving pools, and an 8-foot waterfall at the end of the run. Many rapids in the run's last third are steep, making end pools difficult to see from above. Paddlers usually run the West Fork Hood during late winter and spring runoff. The take-out on river right at Punchbowl Falls is a bit long and fairly steep, but boaters can avoid it by extending their run to the confluence with the East Fork Hood River, or paddling an additional 6 miles on the main Hood River to Tucker Bridge.
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by Robb Keller (Falcon Guides)

The West Fork Hood River is a beautiful, clear river running through dense mountain forest. Although the river is never more than 0.3 mile form the road, it has an isolated feel. Though the rapids are distinctly pool-drop, they come one after another to make a fast-paced run. Most of the drops are fairly straight-forward, though types are numerous and varied: bedrock ledges; short and congested boulder gardens ending in forgiving pools, and an 8-foot waterfall at the end of the run. Many rapids in the run's last third are steep, making end pools difficult to see from above.

Paddlers usually run the West Fork Hood during late winter and spring runoff. The take-out on river right at Punchbowl Falls is a bit long and fairly steep, but boaters can avoid it by extending their run to the confluence with the East Fork Hood River, or paddling an additional 6 miles on the main Hood River to Tucker Bridge.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hood River
Distance: 9
Elevation Loss: 900 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class IV-V
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Hood River, West Fork: White Bridge to Hood River

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