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April 9, 2024

Kenai Canyon Trip Report

Christalyne Panganiban and I ran the Kenai Canyon to get our season started.  Water level was around 500 CFS.  At this level it is mostly class I, with a few class II- rapids.  It was nice to see the rocks & features that will create the II+/III- features, rapids, and wave trains at higher flows.  The run was clear and wide open without any problem wood.  Skilak Lake still had an ice shelf coming out from the bank.  With the wind and waves pushing into the bank, it was difficult to assess the ice thickness and water depth at the shelf edge.  We opted to get out at Hidden Creek (between Kenai River outlet and Hidden Creek trail) and walk the bank from there to avoid any mishaps.  As for the trail, there was maybe 4-6 inches of snow covering the trail on average with half of that being fresh.  We hiked in our dry suits with yeti trax over our neoprene booties.  No sign of bear in the area just yet.  Keeping fingers and toes warm was our biggest challenge.  The trip took us 4-5 hrs to include the hike out, starting at Jim’s Landing and ending at the Hidden Creek trailhead.  As always the Kenai Canyon offered some awe inspiring scenery.  It was actually quite spectacular going through the canyon with snow dumping down on us.  Have fun, be safe, and paddle on!

Brian Powell

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