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Washington whitewater, Skykomish River - North Fork

Snohomish county, Bear Creek to South Fork confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     12.5 miles
  This stretch of Skykomish River - North Fork is 12.5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Snohomish County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Bear Creek to South Fork confluence stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience.
    A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that a large number of rivers
in this state are not easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill  
up quick. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
Big Gulch is a great place to explore; while you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Baring. And if that's not enough there's loads more amusing things to do in the Northern Cascade Range. The skiing at Stevens Pass is good. The warmest time of the year at Skykomish River - North Fork comes with high temperatures in the 70's; the nighttime is somewhat cooler of course, generally in the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's, and after the sun is down all through the wintertime temperatures at Skykomish River - North Fork fall into the 20's.

Skykomish River - North Fork, Bear Creek to South Fork confluence 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 Skykomish River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Silver Creek, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Quartz Creek to North Fork Skykomish)
Trout Creek, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (to National Forest Sky)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 12.5 miles long (Bear Creek to South Fork confluence)
Skykomish River - South Fork, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.1 miles long (Baring to Sunset Falls)
Skykomish River, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Sunset Falls to Railroad Bridge)
Money Creek, King County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.9 miles long (Upstream of Money Creek Road Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wave Trek, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Deer Creek to Mallardy Creek)
Miller River - West Fo, King County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.5 miles long (Upstream of Miller Road Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 13 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 , 22 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 44 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
White Pass, Washington , 58 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 , 95 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 32 miles away
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 36 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 37 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 37 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Troublesome - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 2 miles away
San Juan Campground, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
Sauk River Campground, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Lost Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 16 miles away,  20.6 hiking miles, 4949 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 18 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
Middle Fork Trail, King , 18 miles away,  12.2 hiking miles, 903 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 18 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 18 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 19 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 3975 feet elevation difference
Glacier Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 20 miles away,  14.2 hiking miles, 3891 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Skykomish River - North Fork:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 59 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 59 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Olallie State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 31 miles away
 Lakes Near Skykomish River - North Fork
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 6 miles away
Francis Lake, King , 11 miles away
Lake Pugsley, King , 14 miles away

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