2017 Tilton Trek Feb 17, 18, 19

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2017 Tilton Trek Feb 17, 18, 19

Postby PinkyF » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:24 am

WRRR is pleased to announce the annual Tilton Trek for
February 2016! The Trek will be President’s Day
Weekend February 17*, 18, 19. Stay tuned on WRRR’s
Various info outlets for a possible Friday run. Sunday a group of us will run the class 2 upper Tilton meeting at the campground at 9am.

Located near SR-12 some 30 miles east of I-5, the Til-
ton is a class III-IV run suitable for all craft. It is less
technical than the Green River Gorge, but it tends
to be a little more pushy as it is more constrained in
a tight bedrock channel. The run is 7 miles long and
starts with a mellow class II warmup. When you reach
the canyon, it’s game on!

The Tilton carves a deep canyon. over 5 miles long.
Many rapids ranging from steep but short ledges to
complex boulder rapids fill the canyon. Bouncy wave
trains are loads of fun. Waterfalls pour over moss cov-
ered walls. Surf abounds. There’s a great lunch beach.
And the best part of all is the take out: Washington
State Park’s Ike Kinswa park on Mayfield Lake. There
are campsites and also 5 cabins available at Ike Kinswa
park and reservations can be made online. The cabins
sleep 5 people each (1 dbl futon, and a bunk bed with
a dbl lower and single upper bunk), have parking for
2 vehicles, and have heat, power, lights, and an outside
picnic table and firepit. They can be reserved online for
around $60.

The Tilton is a rain fed run, so flows could be all over
the place. It’s a great IK run down to as low as 500cfs.
Above 2000 or so, it gets a bit burly in IKs unless you
are a big water IV fan. We’ll be a go in big boats at any
flow 4000 or less. An upper II-III run offers 8 miles of
backup plan if flows get huge. The Tilton is run at high-
er flows, up to 8000, but can develop class V character.
If the Tilton is not in, many good nearby runs exist, such
as the III+ Upper Cispus, the II Cowlitz, the III+ Toutle,
and the III Kalama.

If you haven’t had a chance to run the Tilton, put this
on your calendar! It’s among the most scenic and ac-
tion packed runs in the state, full of great rapids, surf
spots, and all set in one of the most under appreciated
canyons in Washington. If you like the Green, you’ll love
the Tilton! I’ll plan to bring both my IK and my cat boat
and will lead the run in whatever craft makes most
sense for the group. SYOTR!

Trip Leaders:

Brian Vogt / bvogt@wwik.org
2016 Tilton Trek
February 18th
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