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Washington whitewater, Tye River

King county, Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     3.25 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Ellensburg, as you can see on the road map further down. The Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls stretch of Tye River in Washington is 3.25 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V section of whitewater. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls section is one of them. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure
    to keep you coming back for more. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The average Washington whitewater rafting  
or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The nature scenery of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Tye River will make you feel great.

Briefly about the general area:
You absolutely should go to Wenatchee National Forest if you're here at Tye River, and don't leave Tye River without first paying a visit to Deception Falls. Man, is there heaps of cool stuff to do in the Northern Cascade Range. During your spree to Tye River you'll meet some people from Skykomish for sure; close by you come across the Escondido Trail which is a good hiking trail.

Tye River, Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls 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 Tye River.
 Whitewater Near Tye River:
Martin Creek, King County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (along FR 6710)
Tye River, King County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Tye River, King County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7.2 miles long (Alpine Falls to Beckler River)
Deception Creek, King County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Rapid River, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 3.6 miles long (Road end to Beckler River)
Foss River, King County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge)
Beckler River, King/Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.3 miles long (Rapid River to South Fork Skykomish)
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 10 miles long (Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek)
Little Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (Fall Creek to Lake Creek Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Tye River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 7 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 , 41 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 52 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 58 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 62 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 79 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 94 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Tye River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 27 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 29 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 30 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 31 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tye River:
Deception Falls Campground, King County, 0 miles away
Tye Canyon Campground, King County, 0 miles away
Deception Creek Campground, King County, 0 miles away
 Trails Near Tye River:
Escondido Trail, Kittitas , 11 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 2634 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 12 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Davis Peak Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 4439 feet elevation difference
Cooper Pass Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away, 4.9 hiking miles, 515 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tye River:
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 13 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
 Lakes Near Tye River
Bonnie Lake, King , 9 miles away
Boulder Lake, Snohomish , 12 miles away
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 13 miles away

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