Little Klickitat River Esteb Road to Klickitat River

Klickitat, Oregon

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The Little Klickitat is a wonderful little creek that runs only during flood events. You are lucky if you can get on this creek once a year; in low water years, this stream never runs at all.All that aside, when the rains fall heavily, this creek is a pleasure. It winds through a remote high desert canyon populated by a variety of wildlife. Below the put-in, the Little Klickitat is narrow, fast, and brushy as you approach the canyon. No major rapids arise in the first quarter mile or so, but soon enough the creek bends sharply to the right and drops out of sight, signaling the first major drop, which is also the only recommended portage. This first drop contains a dangerous, hidden crack somewhere in the center of the rapid that has trapped a couple of paddlers in the past. At some flows, it may be filled in and is runnable down the far left or right. Scout/portage on the left. Character: desert canyon.

Little Klickitat River: Esteb Road to Klickitat River Professional Review and Guide

"The Little Klickitat is a wonderful little creek that runs only during flood events. You are lucky if you can get on this creek once a year; in low water years, this stream never runs at all.All that aside, when the rains fall heavily, this creek is a pleasure. It winds through a remote high desert canyon populated by a variety of wildlife. Below the put-in, the Little Klickitat is narrow, fast, and brushy as you approach the canyon.

No major rapids arise in the first quarter mile or so, but soon enough the creek bends sharply to the right and drops out of sight, signaling the first major drop, which is also the only recommended portage. This first drop contains a dangerous, hidden crack somewhere in the center of the rapid that has trapped a couple of paddlers in the past. At some flows, it may be filled in and is runnable down the far left or right. Scout/portage on the left. Character: desert canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Klickitat
Distance: 10.6
Class: Class IV
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 400–1000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Klickitat River: Esteb Road to Klickitat River

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May 2018