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Washington whitewater, Skykomish River - North Fork

Snohomish county, Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-V     10 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The scenic beauty of Snohomish County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. If you're coming from Mount Vernon-Anacortes it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This
    stretch of Skykomish River - North Fork in Snohomish County is 10 miles long and is a class II-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. 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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek section is just one of  
many. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Skykomish River - North Fork without first paying a visit to Garland Hot Springs. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Camp Creek Ridge Trail, and a day on the slopes of Stevens Pass is just what you need. This river is so good. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Skykomish River - North Fork; Lost Creek Ridge Trail is a tremendous local trail.

Skykomish River - North Fork, Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek 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 Skykomish River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 10 miles long (Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 12.5 miles long (Bear Creek to South Fork confluence)
Beckler River, King/Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.3 miles long (Rapid River to South Fork Skykomish)
Sloan Creek, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (to National Forest Sauk)
Silver Creek, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Quartz Creek to North Fork Skykomish)
Rapid River, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 3.6 miles long (Road end to Beckler River)
Sauk River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Above North Fork Falls)
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.3 miles long (Bedal Campground to Whitechuck River)
Trout Creek, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (to National Forest Sky)
 Ski Areas Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 10 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 23 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 24 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 46 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 49 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
White Pass, Washington , 59 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 71 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 88 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 39 miles away
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 40 miles away
BEST WESTERN Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 42 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 43 miles away
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Virgin Lake Camp Area, Skykomish, 1 miles away
Beckler River - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 2 miles away
San Juan Campground, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Lost Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 10 miles away,  20.6 hiking miles, 4949 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 12 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 13 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 13 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 13 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 3975 feet elevation difference
Glacier Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 14 miles away,  14.2 hiking miles, 3891 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 14 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 65 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 65 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 24 miles away
Olallie State Park, Washington , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Skykomish River - North Fork
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 4 miles away
Lake Pugsley, King , 16 miles away
Bonnie Lake, King , 16 miles away

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