The Skykomish River offers some of the best and easy to access whitewater in Washington. A short drive from Seattle brings visitors to the foot hills of the central Cascades. This mountain range delivers copious volumes of water and a steady gradient.
North Fork of the Sky Class III
The turquoise waters of the North Fork floats along the Wild Sky Wilderness. Green moss and ferns drape over river side crags as paddlers enjoy this pool drop whitewater section. As cold spring meltwater fades to warm summer conditions paddlers have the option of navigating their own inflatable kayak.
Main Skykomish Class V
Starting in the narrow section of the North Fork we float through several rapids in preparation for the big water action ion the Main Skykomish. Here the water volume increases and the character of the river turns from technical maneuvering to big water crushing. Over head waves characterize this trip along with anticipation. The big rapid on this section is Boulder drop and it contains a steep gradient, must make maneuvers, and down river hazards, but with team work we will make it feel easy. If this is more than you bargained for there is always the option to walk the rapid or come later in the summer when this beast grows weary and becomes a class IV rapid.