This fun run has only relatively recently been discovered by boaters around Oregon but more than likely been run for some time by local boaters. Although short, the run contains a some high quality, fun Class 3-4 rapids set in a narrow canyon with beautiful forested banks. Be sure to take some time to hike upstream and gape at the natural bridge itself where the entire river disappears into a hundred foot long lava tube that has to be seen to be believed.
After a little bit of flatwater below Karma, the river takes a sharp turn to the right. Paddlers need to be extra cautious here as there is a twenty foot class 5 waterfall a hundred yards downstream from here. Get out at the sharp right bend (the portage trail is clearly visible up the side of the hill) and portage the falls. You can scout the falls by hiking up the hill to where the river bends back to the left. Knob Falls has been run but was nicknamed 'Therapy Falls' by locals after an expert videoboater took a swim here that can only be described as a near death experience.
Immediately below the falls there are three rapids in a row. The first is pretty small and the second has some weird rock formations in the middle that can be avoided on the right. The third drop is just downstream and should be approached with caution as there has been wood here in the past. Here the river narrows to about twenty feet wide and plunges into a uniform hole that is easier than it looks. At least one member of the party should always scout this rapid for wood.
Below here the river mellows out and there are some long flat water stretches that are punctuated by a couple of very narrow slots. Be careful down here as a boat or wood could wedge in one of the slots pretty easily. The last drop is right above the Woodruff bridge takeout and can be seen from the bridge before hand. Here the river divides around a rocky island. The left channel drops into a gnarly undercut visible from the takeout bridge but the right side swings around and plunges over a really nice six foot ledge that is a perfect way to finish this run!
How to get there