Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck

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  • Lead in to Hawt Fire.- Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck
  • Launching off the right side of a ledge.- Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck
  • Hawt Fire at a healthy flow.- Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck
  • A sporty line down the bottom.- Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck
  • The varying flows of water throughout the year will change the difficulty and experience of this river section.- Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck
  • Silver Falls is a short walk below the take-out for Hawt Fire.- Ohanapecosh River: Hawt-Fire Park + Huck
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short. Quality whitewater. Scenic views.
Cons: 
Hike-in and out. Occasionally crowded.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
class of rapids: 
IV+
Duration: 
Day trip
Duration: 
30 Minutes to 6 Hours (Depending how long you stay))
Put-in location: 
46.7545, -121.5594
Put-In Location Elevation: 
2,093 ft (638 m)
Take-out location: 
46.7534, -121.5598
Take-Out Location Elevation: 
2,061 ft (628 m)
Total Distance: 
0.07 mi (0.11 km)
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy overnight.
84°F
50°

Tue

Partly cloudy overnight.
83°F
57°

Wed

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
74°F
54°

Thu

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
69°F
49°

Fri

Dry throughout the day.
79°F
45°

Sat

Dry throughout the day.
85°F
47°

Sun

Dry throughout the day.
90°F
51°

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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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This section along the Ohanapecosh River was made popular when a group of paddlers checked out the section above, which starts at the Stevens Canyon road bridge and ends at Ohanapecosh Campground. The paddlers got boxed into a Class VI rapid and had to climb out with rope just upstream of Hawt Fire.

Hawt Fire is a great addition to a weekend visit to the Ohanapecosh River sections, and it's easy to do a few quick laps on your way out of Mount Rainier National Park. The rapid itself varies in difficulty depending on the water level, but in general it is more forgiving than it appears.

To avoid putting in above the boxed-in Class VI rapid, walk in 100 yards before Stevens Canyon Road turns left off of U.S. Highway 12. It is a short walk (veer to the right of the ephemeral stream) to the drop. And it is easy to scout Hawt Fire before giving it a go. 

After running the drop, portage the next rapid and Silver Falls to the right of the river, cross a footbridge, and hike a short distance on a trail to return back to the vehicle pull-out.

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