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Cispus River

Running the rapids of the Cispus River. The Upper Cispus is not available at this time. This river offers almost continuous class III and IV rapids in the upper section as it winds and plunges through a moss covered gorge with views of Tongue mountain and Tower Rock as the river opens into the lower delta through Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Rapids with names like Big Bend, White Lighting and Picky Picky, make the Upper Cispus one of Washington’s most challenging commercial whitewater rivers. Rapids on this river are rated Class IV.

Minimum Age: 16 years (with written release from parent)

Season: Allthough we are not currently booking trips consideration may be given to groups of 18+ people that are looking to run this river.

Overnight Trips

Cispus Overnighter
This trip is no longer offered. From the top of the Upper Cispus to Riffe Lake the Cispus River offers 26 miles of remote and fun whitewater, big forest and mountain views with plenty of wildlife. Our overnight trip ends right on the reservoir making this one of the longest two day trips left in Washington today. After all the fun whitewater of day one we will set up a great on-river camp. From camp, beautiful views of Tower Rock dominate the horizon making this overnight spot the best in Southern Washington. On day two we will navigate numerous class III rapids until we float right into the lake for a tow over to the takeout on the other side.

Cispus River Lodging

Hotels/Motels

The Medici Motel 360-497-7700 The Randle Motel 360-497-5346
Mt. Adams Motel 360-497-7007 Tall Timber Motel 360-497-2991


The Great Tower Rock viewed from near the Cispus River.Camping

There are three U.S. Forest Service campgrounds along the Cispus river. They are of the first come first serve variety so an early start is recommended to get a camp spot. Adams Fork Campground is about 5 miles upstream of our put-in, while North Fork and Blue Lake Creek campgrounds are close to the river.

Directions to the Meeting Point: From the Seattle area drive south on Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Olympia and Chehalis. Just south of Chehalis take Exit #68, State Highway 12 eastbound to the town of Randle. In Randle we meet at the Mt. St. Helen's & Mount Adams restaurant parking lot. Driving time from Seattle is about 2 &1/2 hours to 3 hours.

Alpine Adventures' operates under a special-use permit from Gifford - Pinchot National Forest. Alpine Adventures is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Recreation Provider.