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Washington whitewater, Little Naches River

Yakima / Kittitas county, Matthew Creek to Little Naches Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+(IV)     9.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Ellensburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Little Naches River in Washington is 9.5 miles long and is a class II-III+(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This is a pretty decent
    length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There
are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The natural beauty of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. A good workout and just hanging out with mother  
    nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Going
  for a hike along the Manastash Ridge Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. West Quartz Creek Falls is an inspiring spot to pop by while you're here; Iron Horse State Park is a fine place to stop by on a delightful day. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Have a wonderful hiking adventure along the Mount Cliffty Trail; dropping by Lake Easton State Park is a great thing to do.

Little Naches River, Matthew Creek to Little Naches Campground 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 Little Naches River.
 Whitewater Near Little Naches River:
American River, Yakima County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (American Forks to Sawmill Flat)
Little Naches River, Yakima/Kittitas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Matthew Creek to Little Naches Campground)
Naches River, Yakima County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 34 miles long (Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches)
American River, Yakima County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.7 miles long (Hell's Crossing to American Forks)
Bumping River, Yakima County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Bumping Reservoir to American River)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Rattlesnake Creek - Naches Tributary, Yakima County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 7.7 miles long (North Fork to Nile Road Bridge)
American River, -blank- County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.5 miles long (Lodgepole Campground to Hell's Crossing)
Tieton River, Yakima County, 17 miles away
      Class III+ - 11.5 miles long (Rimrock Reservoir to Windy Point Campground)
Box Canyon Creek, Kittitas County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2 miles long (to Kachess Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Little Naches River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 22 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 24 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 25 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 27 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 33 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 54 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 87 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 87 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 89 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Little Naches River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 14 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 16 miles away
Stewart Lodge, Cle Elum , 16 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Cle Elum, Cle Elum , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Naches River:
Longmile Meadows Campground, Kittitas County, 0 miles away
Crow Creek, Goose Prairie, 2 miles away
Kaner Flat Campground, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Little Naches River:
Mount Cliffty Trail, Kittitas , 3 miles away,  9.8 hiking miles, 3795 feet elevation difference
Manastash Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 798 feet elevation difference
Quartz Creek Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 3413 feet elevation difference
Fifes Ridge Trail, Yakima , 5 miles away, 13 hiking miles, 4581 feet elevation difference
North Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away, 8.2 hiking miles, 3519 feet elevation difference
Little Creek Basin Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 1369 feet elevation difference
Granite Creek Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away, 18 hiking miles, 1280 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Little Naches River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 58 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 11 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Naches River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 13 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Naches River
Flat Iron Lake, Yakima , 7 miles away
Lost Lake, Kittitas , 14 miles away
Granite Lake, Yakima , 17 miles away

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