Hopkins Creek


Intermediate Canyon - Hopkins Creek

An early season descent of Hopkins in its prime. A good chance to engage the flow. There are two long waterfall rappels in the range of 200 feet.

  • Intermediate Canyon
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft

We will meet at the market in Randle on the morning of the trip.  Details to follow by email once registration closes. 

At the beginning of June we have a good chance to encounter higher than moderate flow. As with all canyon trips, we will not know the flow level until the day of the trip and ultimately check the waterflow in person on the approach. If the flow is extreme we will pivot to plan B. 

We may need to rebuild some of the natural anchors on our way. This will be an optional opportunity for anyone wishing to practice their natural anchor-building skills, with supervision. 

We have a brief review of how to read a waterfall's trajectory, how to plan your line of descent in whitewater, and practice some common techniques used to descend in pushy flow while on rappel:

  • Minimal leg contact
  • Sideways posture
  • Pencil technique
  • Duck-under
  • Ledge start
  • Stemming on rappel over a spout
  • Creating an air pocket

Priority will be given to moving the group down the canyon. 


Hopkins Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Whistle
  • Variable friction descender
  • Cowstails
  • Ascenders
  • Wetsuit or Dry Suit
  • Pack suitable for keeping things dry
  • Canyon shoes
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Water filter or water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Extra webbing & quick links
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