Oregon is known for its huge, runnable waterfalls. Most of the world records for highest waterfall have been set in Oregon. However, Oregon is not known for great class five whitewater (Little White Salmon is in Washington for those not encompassed in PNW geography).
My buddy Matt King recently moved towards Eastern Oregon and away from the whitewater scene, or so we thought... He dedicated many days to driving around and scouting out the Wallowa Mountain range. The Blue mountains terrane of Eastern Oregon are one of only two areas containing granite in all of Oregon. The Wallowas turn out to be the heart of this range, which happen to be just a short drive from his house in La Grande.
Over the course of a few weeks, I visited twice to knock off some new runs. What we found was far more than we had even hoped for. The trip reports are written in classic Wiki creek style, but if you do some work and look for the clues, you can work out the details and these runs are well worth the effort. Especially for those coming into the gorge from the East during the right time of year.
*the runs get better on the later installments.