Yakima River Packrafting

Yakima River Packrafting

Katie paddling the Lower Yakima River

Eric and Katie

May 13, 2017

We drove down to the town of Thorp Saturday morning and deposited our bikes at a bridge crossing on the Thorp Highway. We then drove back up to South Cle Elum, parked near a baseball field, and inflated our packrafts. There were a handful of other boaters out on the river, mostly trout fisherman.

The paddle was pretty fun, with mostly easy floating but a few class 2 waves to splash us. We even saw a bald eagle on the way We paddled for about 4 hours back to the bikes, then packed up the boats and biked up the Iron Horse bike trail back to the car.

That night we camped at the Vantage climbing area, and climbed some fun cracks on Sunday before heading back to Seattle.

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