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Snohomish county, Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     6 miles
  The Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge section of Pilchuck River in Washington is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III+(IV) section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Snohomish County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. You might have to
    settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There's camping available near Pilchuck River. This stretch has has enough
mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.  
    You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great.

Briefly about the general area:
  This is a popular site for folks from Monroe. All the water falling down from the sky makes Pilchuck River a wet place. The month with most of the rain is December; July meanwhile is the driest month. Summertime at Pilchuck River comes with high temperatures in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's, and overnight lows at Pilchuck River through the wintertime usually plunge into the 30's.

Pilchuck River, Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge 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 Pilchuck River.
 Whitewater Near Pilchuck River:
Pilchuck River, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6 miles long (Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge)
Sultan River, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Powerhouse to Fishing Access)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 12.3 miles long (Verlot to Granite Falls)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 9.1 miles long (Granite Falls to Jordan)
Canyon Creek South Fork Stillaguamish Tributary, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Fishing Access site to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Sultan River, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 11 miles long (Spada Reservoir to Powerhouse)
Boulder River, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Boulder Falls to mouth)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Mallardy Creek to Verlot)
Jim Creek, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Naval Station to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Wallace River, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Bridge Close to Gold Bar to mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Pilchuck River:
Alpental, Washington , 40 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 41 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 42 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 42 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 57 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 72 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 97 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Pilchuck River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 11 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 11 miles away
Inn At Snohomish, Snohomish , 16 miles away
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pilchuck River:
Turlo - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 6 miles away
Turlo Campground, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
Verlot - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Pilchuck River:
Finney Peak Trail, Skagit , 19 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2658 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pilchuck River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 32 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 32 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Lake Sammamish State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Bridle Trails State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pilchuck River:
Blue Boy West Golf Course, Monroe , 6 miles away
Flowing Lake Golf Course, Snohomish , 9 miles away
Snohomish Public Golf Club, Snohomish , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Pilchuck River
Hempel Lake, Snohomish , 8 miles away
Lake Fontal, Snohomish , 10 miles away
Lost Lake, Snohomish , 10 miles away

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