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Snohomish county, Road end to Beckler River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     3.6 miles
  The Road end to Beckler River section of Rapid River is 3.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV section. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of Washington and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. 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. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature
are sure to keep you coming back for more. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Road end to Beckler River section is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this  
one you always get great scenery along the way too. The put-in is not too far from Ellensburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Stevens Pass. Go for a hike on the Lost Creek Ridge Trail, and if you're visiting from Skykomish, you won't be the only one. This river is so great. close to Rapid River you'll discover a wooded area called Skykomish Ranger District. Summertime highs at Rapid River ordinarily tend to be in the 70's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's.

Rapid River, Road end to Beckler River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Rapid River.
 Whitewater Near Rapid River:
Beckler River, King/Snohomish County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.3 miles long (Rapid River to South Fork Skykomish)
Rapid River, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 3.6 miles long (Road end to Beckler River)
Tye River, King County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7.2 miles long (Alpine Falls to Beckler River)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
      Class II-V - 10 miles long (Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek)
Martin Creek, King County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (along FR 6710)
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Foss River, King County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge)
Tye River, King County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 12.5 miles long (Bear Creek to South Fork confluence)
Deception Creek, King County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
 Ski Areas Near Rapid River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 5 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 20 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 21 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 43 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 55 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 56 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 65 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 84 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 98 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Rapid River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 34 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 36 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 37 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 37 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rapid River:
Beckler River - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 5 miles away
Beckler River, Skykomish, 6 miles away
Deception Creek Campground, King County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Rapid River:
Lost Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 14 miles away,  20.6 hiking miles, 4949 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 15 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 15 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 3975 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 16 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Glacier Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 16 miles away,  14.2 hiking miles, 3891 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 16 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 17 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Rapid River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 70 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 19 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapid River
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 6 miles away
Bonnie Lake, King , 11 miles away
Francis Lake, King , 13 miles away

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