With the right conditions and athletes anything is possible. The Columbia River Gorge continues to unveil it’s hidden and majestic falls. Kayakers have been in search of runnable whitewater and the heights of the falls have grown and grown over the years.
For over a decade I have been paddling, scouting, hiking and crawling through the creeks of the Columbia River Gorge and about 7 years ago I made a top ten list of the runnable and un-run waterfalls left in the Gorge and greater area. Erik Boomer recently pushed his imagination on Tanner Creek, knocking off Wahclella Falls —-CLICK HERE to see. That one was on my list at the time as was Palouse Falls (After I scouted it in 2007, which at the time seemed unbelievable, but somehow realistic for the right paddler). Well, Tyler Bradt put that one to the test and knocked it off the un-run list and the rest is history…
The technicality of the falls, access, and the height are factors that keep them from being run, but for those who look for these type of runnable waterfalls in a kayak it’s only a matter of time. Here is a look at a couple runnable waterfalls that are still on the un-run list. As i said, I made a list of ten falls, here are 5.
*Editors note, this list is simply for entertainment and I am in no way saying these falls are safe to descend. It is simply an opinion of mine based on years of paddling experience on what I have seen at each falls. Take it for what you will.