Travel Attractions

Skykomish River Rafting

The Skykomish River is a river which drains the west side of the Cascade Mountains in the northeast corner of King County, Washington. The river starts with the confluence of the North Fork of the Skykomish River and the South Fork of the Skykomish River approximately one mile east of Index, Washington. It then flows westerly, meeting the Snoqualmie River to form the Snohomish River at Monroe, Washington. It is joined by the Sultan River at Sultan, Washington.

United States Highway 2 and the BNSF Railway follow the Skykomish River to Stevens Pass and the Cascade Tunnel respectively.

Just an hour from Seattle, the Skykomish River is considered the most challenging commercially run river in Washington State. The “Sky,” as it’s called by those that frequent this river, provides plenty of heart-pumping action for even the most seasoned rafting pro. While most of this river is class 3 to 3+, the highlight of the trip and the draw for adrenaline-seekers Boulder Drop, a class 4+ rapid. This rapid contains house-sized boulders and requires intricate and precise maneuvering to navigate this rapid and make it through successfully.

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