Soo River (Gr. 4+)
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2007 20:41 Written by Spencer Cox Thursday, 08 February 2007 20:40
|Put In: Drive north of Whistler, for 10 or 15 minutes. You will pass Shadow Lake Recreational Area. Continue driving for a few minutes up a large hill and around a corner. The canyon will be visible on the left (going north), and there will be a large rock slide and talus on the left. The highway goes downhill and bends, just at the bend the concrete barrier begins. There is a small gravel double track that goes towards the river here. It is difficult to spot, and a difficult area to turn on the hwy so be careful. The gravel path goes downhill 100 yards then ends in a turn around. Park. The river is a 5 minute hike along a well maintained path. When you see the water through the trees, put in. |
Take Out: Continue north on hwy 99 from Whister. 2.3 km past the put in turn off, there you will see the bridge crossing the river. Park at the pull off. Opposite the Green River Riders, motocross course.
The River: This is an unusual river for the area. It has a lower gradient than many area rivers, but bigger volume. Still very cold, it is usually silty and whitish brown. It has been run at most levels, but it signifcantly more difficult at higher flows. The run starts off quickly. The first drop is straighforward, into a pool below. Alot fo the river is horizon line, and scouting can be difficult, but many of the drops ease before starting the next big rapid. The river continues with lots of power. There are alot of holes, most friendly, some not so much. The river is bordered by a railroad on the left and a highway on the right and as a result has tons of sharp blast rock. It is best to stay upright, and avoid the shorline. After 1.5 kilometres there will be a narrow rapid, with a blast rock slide on the left. This is the lead in rapid for Linda Lovelace, the most technical rapid of the run. Linda Lovelace has a few different lines for differing water levels, but is most commonly run center-left, with a boof over the hole and punch to the eddy below. Scouting is easy from the river left, and recommended for first timers.
Soo River, Mark Rainsley Photos.
|< Prev||Next >|