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Washington whitewater, Foss River

King county, FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     4.9 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The natural beauty of Washington and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting point is not too far from Ellensburg, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you
    glad you came. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general
area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge stretch of Foss River in King County is 4.9 miles long and has been rated as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Foss River. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the FR 68 Bridge  
to Highway 2 bridge section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Escondido Trail, and the snow is fine at Stevens Pass. If you want a fine time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Northern Cascade Range. Go for a hike on the Middle Fork Trail; this is a popular spot for folks from Skykomish. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Summertime highs at Foss River commonly tend to be in the 70's; the night is a tad chillier of course, mostly in the 50's. During the wintertime highs are commonly in the 40's; overnight lows at Foss River through the wintertime generally plunge into the 30's.

Foss River, FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Foss River.
 Whitewater Near Foss River:
Foss River, King County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge)
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Tye River, King County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7.2 miles long (Alpine Falls to Beckler River)
Miller River, King County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 4.8 miles long (East Fork to NE Old Cascade Highway)
Beckler River, King/Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.3 miles long (Rapid River to South Fork Skykomish)
Miller River - East Fork, King County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (along FR 6412)
Rapid River, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 3.6 miles long (Road end to Beckler River)
Miller River - West Fo, King County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.5 miles long (Upstream of Miller Road Bridge)
Deception Creek, King County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Martin Creek, King County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (along FR 6710)
 Ski Areas Near Foss River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 1 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 14 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 15 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 37 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 49 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 60 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 65 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 87 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Foss River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 30 miles away
BEST WESTERN Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 33 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 34 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 35 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Foss River:
Foss River Campground, King County, 2 miles away
Beckler River, Skykomish, 3 miles away
Miller River - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Foss River:
Middle Fork Trail, King , 12 miles away,  12.2 hiking miles, 903 feet elevation difference
Escondido Trail, Kittitas , 12 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 2634 feet elevation difference
Cooper Pass Trail, Kittitas , 14 miles away, 4.9 hiking miles, 515 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 25, overlapping , 18 miles away, 119.9 hiking miles, 3706 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Foss River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 64 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 20 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
 Lakes Near Foss River
Bonnie Lake, King , 6 miles away
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 8 miles away
Lake Pugsley, King , 8 miles away

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