Rock Creek, WA – Top of the Rock

Character
Class: IV – VI – Exploratory
Miles: 5
Portages: Many
Shuttle: Drop a car at the last bridge on Rock creek and drive east and head up the Wind River, turn toward Hemlock and proceed up Trout creek until you come to the top of the ridge and trail head.
Put-In: Hike up in about 1.7 miles, mostly downhill.
Take-Out:Last bridge over the river before the PCT.

A break down of the whitewater on Rock Creek
A break down of the whitewater on Rock Creek

December 2014

December 2014 was a tricky season for the Top of the Rock, we ended up being a day late on one of the only days it ran this year.

Making the best of the day...
Making the best of the day…
Ben McKenzie working his way to the creek
Ben McKenzie working his way to the creek
Tony in the midst of the winter wonderland
Tony in the midst of the winter wonderland
Jacob taking in the beauty
Jacob taking in the beauty
The realization that we would have to come back another day...
The realization that we would have to come back another day…

December 2012

Chess games take awhile and this one was as tough as it gets for exploratory kayaking in this area. Many failed attempts at access and one failed attempt to explore this section prior to our trip made it a great opponent. Jacob Cruser had been investigating this section of Rock Creek for sometime before he went in on the first trip; his story here. And as to be expected, after a failed attempt on a deep canyon lined with waterfalls more people got really interested in seeing what could not be seen. Jacob’s write up on the full exploration of this section of the creek can be found here; Mt.HoodH2O.

The first big one.
The first big one.
The second big one.
The second big one.
The in-between drops.
The in-between drops.
The main attraction in the upper canyon
The main attraction in the upper canyon
The inner of the lower canyon
The inner of the lower canyon
The second canyon.
The second canyon.
Getting close to the end of the 2nd canyon near dark.
Getting close to the end of the 2nd canyon near dark.

Other whitewater on Rock Creek

Above Classic – Below Top of the Rock/Random Run

Money Drop/First Falls

Other whitewater nearby Rock Creek

Hagen Creek Gorge

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