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Washington whitewater, Tye River

King county, Alpine Falls to Beckler River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     7.2 miles
  The Alpine Falls to Beckler River stretch of Tye River in King County is 7.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV+ section. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting
    and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have
to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The put-in is not too far from Ellensburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. There's camping available near Tye River. The wonderful King County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system,  
the Alpine Falls to Beckler River stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
The skiing at Stevens Pass is great; you can go for a hike on the Escondido Trail. So much cool stuff to do here in the Northern Cascade Range, too great to be true. You'll meet a lot of folks from Skykomish here, and don't leave Tye River without first going for a hike along the Middle Fork Trail. This is such a great river. At Tye River during the months of summer highs are in the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's, and after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Tye River drop into the 30's.

Tye River, Alpine Falls to Beckler River 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 Tye River.
 Whitewater Near Tye River:
Foss River, King County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge)
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Tye River, King County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7.2 miles long (Alpine Falls to Beckler River)
Beckler River, King/Snohomish County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.3 miles long (Rapid River to South Fork Skykomish)
Rapid River, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 3.6 miles long (Road end to Beckler River)
Martin Creek, King County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (along FR 6710)
Deception Creek, King County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Miller River, King County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 4.8 miles long (East Fork to NE Old Cascade Highway)
Miller River - East Fork, King County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (along FR 6412)
Tye River, King County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Tye River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 1 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 16 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 17 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 39 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 59 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 64 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 85 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 100 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Tye River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 31 miles away
BEST WESTERN Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 33 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 34 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 35 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tye River:
Foss River Campground, King County, 3 miles away
Beckler River, Skykomish, 4 miles away
Deception Creek Campground, King County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Tye River:
Escondido Trail, Kittitas , 13 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 2634 feet elevation difference
Middle Fork Trail, King , 14 miles away,  12.2 hiking miles, 903 feet elevation difference
Cooper Pass Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away, 4.9 hiking miles, 515 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 16 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
Lost Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 18 miles away,  20.6 hiking miles, 4949 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tye River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 66 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 19 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
 Lakes Near Tye River
Bonnie Lake, King , 7 miles away
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 7 miles away
Lake Pugsley, King , 10 miles away

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