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Washington whitewater, Green River

King county, Headworks to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+(III)     3.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Green River attract people from near and far. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. The campgrounds here at Green River are pretty good. The Headworks to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park stretch of Green River
    in Washington is 3.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+(III) section. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Headworks to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park section is just one of them. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. Whitewater rafting and kayaking  
in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Ravensdale here at Green River; going for a hike on the Summit Lake Trail is always a good adventure. And that's not all the things to do here in the Northern Cascade Range. Nolte State Park is a lovely location any time of year; nearby you stumble on the Clearwater Trail which is a great hiking trail. This is such a wonderful river. Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is a glorious place to stretch your legs a bit.

Green River, Headworks to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Green River.
 Whitewater Near Green River:
Green River, King County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 3.5 miles long (Headworks to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park)
Green River, King County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Green River Gorge)
Cedar River, King County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 15.5 miles long (Landsburg bridge to Maplewood Roadside Park)
Raging River, King County, 10 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Preston to Fall City)
Clearwater River - White River Tributary, Pierce County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Bridge to confluence with White River)
Snoqualmie River, King County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 1 miles long (Snoqualmie Falls to Plum's Landing)
White River, Pierce County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Buckley to Auburn)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 6.6 miles long (East Fork to Spiketon Road)
Snoqualmie River - Middle Fork, King County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 4.5 miles long (Tanner to North Bend)
Snoqualmie River - South Fork, King County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Twin Falls State Park to 436 st Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Green River:
Alpental, Washington , 32 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 33 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 33 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 44 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
White Pass, Washington , 46 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 74 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 94 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 94 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 95 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
 Beaches Near Green River:
Alexander Beach, King , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Green River:
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 9 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 11 miles away
Lindas By The Lake, Maple Valley , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn SEATTLE-ISSAQUAH, Issaquah , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Green River:
Kanaskat Palmer State Park, Ravensdale, 2 miles away
Green River Gorge Resort, Enumclaw, 5 miles away
Enumclaw Expo Center RV Park, Enumclaw, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Green River:
Clearwater Trail, Pierce , 13 miles away, 10.6 hiking miles, 2788 feet elevation difference
Summit Lake Trail, Pierce , 13 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 1322 feet elevation difference
Carbon Trail, Pierce , 15 miles away, 11.4 hiking miles, 3299 feet elevation difference
Flip-O-Way Trail, Pierce , 17 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 2399 feet elevation difference
Ipsut Creek Trail, Pierce , 17 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3790 feet elevation difference
Paul Peak Trail, Pierce , 18 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Christoff Trail, King , 18 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 2615 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Green River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 28 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 60 miles away
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Washington , 2 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Green River:
The Links At Olson Mansion Golf Course, Maple Valley , 5 miles away
Enumclaw Golf Course, Enumclaw , 8 miles away
MT SI Golf Course & Driving Range, Snoqualmie , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Green River
Deep Lake, King , 5 miles away
Rattlesnake Lake, King , 9 miles away
Lake Alice, King , 10 miles away

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