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HIGH PRAISE FOR WHITE WATER ADVENTURE NEAR INDEX
May 29, 2009
(PORTLAND, OR) -- A recent article in the Portland Oregonian heaps mounds of high praise on river rafting in our state particularly our own Sky Valley’s mighty Sykomish River around the Index area.
A March 24th article by Oregonian outdoor writer Terry Richard says, “Washington's rivers shouldn't be overlooked. They offer some of the most enjoyable white water available on a day's outing from any of the big cities of the West. Among the commercially run favorites are the Sauk, Suiattle, Skagit, Methow, Wenatchee, Nooksack, Tieton, Toutle, Elwha and, the most rambunctious of all, the Skykomish.”
Richard says of the Skykomish River, “(it) offers some of the wildest river adventure in Washington. Known locally as the "Sky," the river was the first in Washington to win federal protection as a wild and scenic river. Its sparkling water flows through moss-draped canyons and thunders over huge granite boulders. The river valley is surrounded by 6,000-foot-high snow-capped peaks.”
How’s that for a hot, out-of-town endorsement of the power and glory of the mighty Skykomish River?
He goes on to say the Wenatchee River (rated a class 3) is fun but forgiving “while the Skykomish is class 5 (experienced paddlers only).”
Richards is also pretty gung-ho for our U.S. Highway 2 corridor in general as it is, he says, “filled with hiking trails that lead to outstanding scenery. The Mount Index area, with its 4,000-foot walls rising about the Skykomish River, is especially enticing.”
He also mentions the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest’s two campgrounds, the Beckler River and Miller River campgrounds near Skykomish.
He concludes by telling his Oregon readers, “Washington's rivers are best during late spring and early summer, but glacial melt keeps some of them (especially the Sauk and the Suiattle) running high enough for paddling all summer long.”
You can read the entire piece HERE