Luckily, these big logs make nice sidewalks for portaging!
After this 3rd log jam, we paddled one great rapid (the one just above the “secret campground”).
There were 3 fun and runnable rapids in this upper bit, but they are NOT worth all the other portaging.So, our conclusion at the end of the upper part of this run, is that it ain’t worth putting in above the “secret campground.” If you could put in above the rapid just above this secret campground, that would be the best option.
We are lame and didn’t get any photos of the lower section, but it was great and mostly clean! There were logs in 2 of the rapids(1 of which I’m pretty sure was there last year). We were able to run them both but lower water might make the second one unrunnable. It is wedged across the river at the bottom of a non-descript class III rapid where the river narrows down to about 25 feet wide. We did portage Elbow Room, but the falls below it were clean as was the last rapid. The gauge was reading 1,640 at Packwood when we did it and that seemed like a fine level to us.