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Washington whitewater, Summit Creek

Lewis county, Soda Springs to Highway 123 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     5 miles
I don't know much about whitewater (I camp and fish) but I do know this stream. There is an 82' falls (Thunder Falls) on the stretch mentioned and it is no where near Hood River. Closest town is Packwood WA just outside Mt Rainier NP. Hope this comment helps. Says Tyler McIntosh (see picture)

This section of Summit Creek in Lewis County is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. The put-in
    location is a reasonable drive from Hood River, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The wonderful Washington scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Summit Creek are
in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Soda Springs to Highway 123 section is one of them. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting some good  
exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Fish Ladder Falls is a delightful local attraction; you'll meet a lot of folks from Packwood here.

Summit Creek, Soda Springs to Highway 123 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Summit Creek.
 Whitewater Near Summit Creek:
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Summit Creek, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Soda Springs to Highway 123)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Chinook Creek, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Deer Creek to Cedar Flats)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Goat Creek to FR 2160)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
White River, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Silver Springs Campground to West Fork White)
 Ski Areas Near Summit Creek:
White Pass, Washington , 10 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 12 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 35 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 36 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 50 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 61 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 65 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 66 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 83 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Summit Creek:
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 40 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 41 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 42 miles away
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 44 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Summit Creek:
Summit Creek Campground, Lewis County, 1 miles away
Palisades Campground, Lewis County, 1 miles away
Mt Rainier National Park - Ohanapecosh Camp Ground, Packwood, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Summit Creek:
Boundary Trail, Lewis , 3 miles away,  15.8 hiking miles, 2508 feet elevation difference
Sheep Lake Trail, Lewis , 3 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 3905 feet elevation difference
Three Peaks Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1240 feet elevation difference
Backbone Ridge Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1833 feet elevation difference
Cortright Creek Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  12.6 hiking miles, 2935 feet elevation difference
Clear Lost Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3909 feet elevation difference
Kincaid Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  15 hiking miles, 2899 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Summit Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 31 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 17 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Summit Creek
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 6 miles away
Granite Lake, Yakima , 14 miles away

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