Skykomish River Rafting
The Skykomish River is the closest white water rafting to Seattle, WA. This Washington State protected scenic river is our Home River and no one runs it like we do! Alpine Adventures brings you the best guides and whitewater rafting experiences just 1-hour from Seattle. Want heart pounding whitewater? The Skykomish River offers the best in Washington State! Learn about our Skykomish Whitewater Trips. Looking for a lazy river float with beautiful scenery that's just right for kids and families? Take a Skykomish Family Float from Big Eddy State Park to Sultan.
Nailing the Class V Boulder Drop Rapid on the Skykomish River
• Season: April - Early August
Alpine Adventures whitewater rafting trips launch into the calm turquoise pools on the South Fork of the Skykomish River just above the the misty horizon line of the first rapid, Cable Drop. A few miles downstream lies the famous Boulder Drop rapid. Standing on the river bank next to Boulder Drop causes hearts to pound just looking at the thundering Class IV-V section of whitewater. When the river is at 7,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) or above, Boulder Drop becomes Class V and you need a great team with one of our expert Skykomish raft guides to lead you between massive house size rocks. We always stop and scout this rapid, as some guests may choose to walk around and be picked up downstream, especially at big water! Check out our Skykomish River rafting photos on Facebook.
Boulder Drop is not the only big rapid on the Main Section of the Skykomish. There are plenty of other exciting Class III to Class IV type of rapids including "Bonsai," "Aquagasm," "Lunch Hole," "Railroad," " and "Fisherman's," to max out your adrenal gland as you wind down the river to our take-out at Big Eddy State Park. The awesome power of this river along with stunning views of the local mountains and wildlife makes this trip a true Northwest can't miss classic!
For information on where to meet for Skykomish whitewater trips, see the Information & Maps page. Before your whitewater trip, watch our informative River Awareness Video. These trips fill up fast so make your reservation today!
Watch our video below to get an idea of what it's like to go whitewater rafting on the Skykomish River!
Sultan "Sky" Float
• Season: April - August
This easy floating section of river on the "Sky" provides an opportunity for the whole family to experience the wonders of nature. The looming presence of Mt. Index rising nearly 6,000 ft. from the valley floor reminds you that you're in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. We often see wildlife along the river and share fun and interesting facts as the guides help to put the whole alpine forest ecosystem into perspective. The trip starts at Big Eddy State Park and is a beautiful leisurely ride downstream to Sultan. From there you'll ride back to our Outpost in Gold Bar on the Alpine Adventures shuttle.
Wenatchee & Skykomish Doubleheader
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