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Washington whitewater, Mineral Creek

Lewis county, North Fork to Alder Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     5.5 miles
  If you're coming from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The North Fork to Alder Lake stretch of Mineral Creek is 5.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget
    that many runs in this state are not easy. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water are in themselves
reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This river system has a few good paddling sections  
and the North Fork to Alder Lake section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
The wonderful folks of Mineral like to hang out close by, and obviously, all our national parks are good places to have a look at and Mount Rainier National Park is no exception. Yeah, come up here to the Northern Cascade Range for a good time. The amount of precipitation that falls at Mineral Creek is close to the national average.

Mineral Creek, North Fork to Alder Lake 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 Mineral Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mineral Creek:
Mineral Creek, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (North Fork to Alder Lake)
Mineral Creek - North Fork, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 6 miles long (Gale to Mineral Creek)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
Nisqually River, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River)
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Morton to Bremer)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (Niesson Creek to Electron)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Cispus River to Riffe Lake)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
 Ski Areas Near Mineral Creek:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 49 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 61 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 62 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 74 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 74 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 74 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 75 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 76 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Mineral Creek:
Gateway Inn, Ashford , 18 miles away
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Puyallup , 22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PUYALLUP (TACOMA AREA), Puyallup , 22 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 22 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Puyallup, Puyallup , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mineral Creek:
Mineral Lake Resort, Mineral, 1 miles away
Adler Lake - Rocky Point - TPU, Mineral, 4 miles away
Nicholson - Sahara Creek Horse Camp, Elbe, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Mineral Creek:
Osborne Mountain Trail, Lewis , 15 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 3193 feet elevation difference
Big Creek Trail, Lewis , 18 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 1356 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mineral Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 13 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mineral Creek:
Ironwood Green, Glenoma , 10 miles away
Tanwax Golf Course, Eatonville , 15 miles away
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Mineral Creek
Tanwax Lake, Pierce , 12 miles away
Rapjohn Lake, Pierce , 14 miles away
Silver Lake, Pierce , 15 miles away

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