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Washington whitewater, Sauk River - North Fork

Snohomish county, Above North Fork Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     1.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Snohomish County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Above North Fork Falls section
    of Sauk River - North Fork in Snohomish County is 1.5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.
When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The Above North Fork Falls stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. If you're coming from Mount  
Vernon-Anacortes it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Meadow Mountain Trail; North Fork Falls is always fun to check out. There's no way anyone can get bored here in the Northern Cascade Range. Sauk River - North Fork is next to Penders Canyon which is certainly worth stopping at. The Lost Creek Ridge Trail offers hiking at its best. Sauk River - North Fork is a rather wet place regularly with a great deal of rainfall.

Sauk River - North Fork, Above North Fork Falls 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 Sauk River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Sauk River - North Fork:
Sauk River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Above North Fork Falls)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.3 miles long (Bedal Campground to Whitechuck River)
Whitechuck River, Snohomish County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Bridge above Crystal Creek to Sauk River confluence)
Sloan Creek, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (to National Forest Sauk)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 7 miles long (Whitechuck River to Clear Creek)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V - 10 miles long (Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 12.5 miles long (Bear Creek to South Fork confluence)
Silver Creek, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Quartz Creek to North Fork Skykomish)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Deer Creek to Mallardy Creek)
Downey Creek, Snohomish County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River)
 Ski Areas Near Sauk River - North Fork:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 19 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 30 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 32 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 41 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 54 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 76 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 90 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Sauk River - North Fork:
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 42 miles away
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 43 miles away
BEST WESTERN Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 44 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 44 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sauk River - North Fork:
Bedal Campground, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
Bedal, -blank-, 2 miles away
Chocwich Campground, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Sauk River - North Fork:
Lost Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 6 miles away,  20.6 hiking miles, 4949 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 7 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 8 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 9 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Glacier Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 10 miles away,  14.2 hiking miles, 3891 feet elevation difference
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 10 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 3975 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 10 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sauk River - North Fork:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 60 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 60 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Sauk River - North Fork
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 11 miles away
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 12 miles away

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