SEASON: Falls rains and spring snow melt. Put in can be snowed in during the coldest months.
FUN FACT: One of the classic creek runs in the Sky drainage
TAKEOUT: Turn onto NE Old Cascade Highway from Hwy. 2 at mile 45.9 (you'll see the sign for Money Creek campground). Follow this road 1.3 miles to the bridge across the Miller River (elevation 890').
PUT-IN: Head back west from the bridge 0.2 miles to Miller River Road (FR 6410). Drive past the West Fork bridge (mile 3.5) to a put-in where the river approaches the road anywhere near mile 4.3 at 1290' elevation (no the rocky channel you may have passed with no water is not the main channel). Be sure to put-in higher upstream than the put-in described in Bennett's guidebook--his put-in at the West Fork bridge skips most of the good whitewater. Check put-in road conditions with Mt. Baker - Snoqulamie National Forest; follow link to the forest road conditions report under the recreation link.
The Miller is less popular with those looking for cutting edge steep creeks, but it's a fun run for the occasional class IV creek boater. That being said, however, this run still demands respect and there are plenty of log and pin hazards.
The Miller starts out with fun class IV boulder garden rapids. Most of these rapids have clear lines that are easy to read from your boat. The best whitewater lasts no more than two miles and after that the pace calms down considerably as you pass through lower gradient boulder gardens and gravel bars. As long as you have water this lower stretch is fine, but be warned that low water can be a pain.
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Updated 2020: Put in 1/4 mile up from the Westfork Miller bridge. Park at small pullout. Hike thru woods 7-8 minutes. Take out at the National Forest Group Campground. Run is 2 miles and takes roughly 20-30 minutes depending on flows and pace. Concerning flows. This run gets quite grungy (scrapey) at lower flows, esp. in the last 1/2 mile. Look for a minimum of 8k on Sky gauge and higher if it's rain. The run holds water well, and can be run quite high, but it's good to know the lines. 12-13k on Sky gauge is a pushy medium flow. It's easy to miss the takeout if you don't know where it is.
2 months ago
by Michael Harms
Comments of American Whitewater on road washout at Miller River Bridge.
The virtual gauge for this run
provides approximate flow based on
the relative area of the basin and the
Goldbar gauge downstream (the
river is good between 4,000 and 8,000
on this gauge). The Goldbar gauge is
also available through the NOAA
Permits are not required for this reach.
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