Stillaguamish, S. Fork, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|Max Gradient||65 fpm|
|SF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR GRANITE FALLS, WA|
|usgs-12161000||4.50 - 7.00 ft||II||00h40m||5.34 ft (running)|
The upper put-in, at the base of Granite Falls, is a bit of a hike with equipment, but at least it's down hill. The lower put-in is on river right above the bridge on Jordan Rd just outside of Granite Falls - go past the bridge and take the first right, which will take you to a parking area next to the river. The takeout at the Jordan Bridge is on river left, but the parking area on Jordan Rd is on river right, so you take out by walking over the bridge. There appears to be parking on the other side of the bridge, but it's an extra few miles of neighborhood driving to get to that side of the river, so it's probably not worth the hassle.
The run itself is pleasant. None of the rapids are harder than class II and most are short. There are lots of houses along the river, but many are hidden by the trees, and long sections of the river are very serene and beautiful. There are also many interesting rock walls with waterfalls.
One unique feature of this river is around 3 miles into the run on river left. You will notice some chrome on the sheer wall just above the water. If you look closely, you will see the bottoms of 20 or so old cars jammed into the bank. This appears to be pretty old.
Note: The lower limit is accurate, but the upper limit is a guess and is most likely well below the real maximum. If you've run this higher, add a comment.