I built this page to keep track of beta about running the Chetco River.
The Chetco River is between my two of my favorites rivers in the world: the North Fork of the Smith and the Illinois River. The Biscuit Fire in 2002 dropped trees across the access trails and very few parties have been down the Chetco since.
Chetco River From Slide Creek to Tollman Ranch
Take-Out: Tollman Ranch (380 feet)
Length: 18 or 24 miles with a 3.79 mile hike in (one mile of this hike is jackstrawed logs)
Gradient: 85 feet/mile until Taggarts Bar, then 42 feet/mile to Tolman Ranch
A short video from our first trip
Chetco River from Carter Creek to Slide Creek (Magic Canyon)
Take-Out: Slide Creek, you'll definitely want to continue down
Length: 3 miles and a 9 mile hike in
Gradient: about 90 feet/mile
This section is relatively straightforward for being 90 feet per mile. It's remarkably beautiful and worth adding on to the normal run even if the hike in is longer.
A video from our second trip that includes the Magic canyon
OPB Specials about running the Chetco River
This first video was done a couple weeks before the Biscuit Fire.
and a more recent (2012) Oregon Field Guide about the Chetco with some video from our trip.
More Chetco River Trip Reports
1. Trip Report from our June 2011 Chetco trip>
2. Report from Bill Tuthill and Brian Vogt's trip in 2012
3. Low flow Chetco by Lacie Mine
4. Slade Sapora in Curry Coastal Pilot - he did the whole things from the headwaters to the ocean solo in and Alpaca.
River Conservation and Other Resources
1. USFS Chetco has great information and some photos.
2. Save Our Chetco Blog chronicles some of the threats to the Chetco River.
3. Kalmiopsis Audubon
4. Siskiyou Mountain Club Trans-Kalmiopsis Route
Chetco River Flow from USGS
If you've done the trip, please leave your thoughts below!