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Washington whitewater, Suiattle River

Snohomish Skagit county, Sulphur Creek to Rat Trap Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     16 miles
  This stretch of Suiattle River in Snohomish/Skagit County is 16 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III+ section. The starting location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Snohomish/Skagit County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Suiattle River beats anything. This river system has a few good paddling stretches
    and the Sulphur Creek to Rat Trap Bridge section is one of them. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. There's camping available near Suiattle River.
Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large  
number of good places. 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:
There are good places to discover along the Meadow Mountain Trail, and you can go for a hike on the Camp Creek Ridge Trail. Whohoo, so many fun things in one place! The Northern Cascade Range rocks!. Through the summertime highs here at Suiattle River reach the 70's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 40's, and through the dark hours in the wintertime at Suiattle River temperatures dip to the 20's.

Suiattle River, Sulphur Creek to Rat Trap 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 Suiattle River.
 Whitewater Near Suiattle River:
Downey Creek, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River)
Whitechuck River, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Bridge above Crystal Creek to Sauk River confluence)
Suiattle River, Snohomish/Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 16 miles long (Sulphur Creek to Rat Trap Bridge)
Sauk River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Above North Fork Falls)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.3 miles long (Bedal Campground to Whitechuck River)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Sloan Creek, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (to National Forest Sauk)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 13 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 7 miles long (Whitechuck River to Clear Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Suiattle River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 26 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 37 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Alpental, Washington , 39 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 40 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 62 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 75 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 77 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 87 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 96 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Suiattle River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Suiattle River:
East Side Buck Creek Campground, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
Buck Creek - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 2 miles away
Downey Creek Campground, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Suiattle River:
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 5 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 7 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 7 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Lost Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 8 miles away,  20.6 hiking miles, 4949 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 8 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
Glacier Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 8 miles away,  14.2 hiking miles, 3891 feet elevation difference
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 9 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 3975 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Suiattle River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 62 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 62 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 31 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 33 miles away
 Lakes Near Suiattle River
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 3 miles away
Caskey Lake, Skagit , 20 miles away

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