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Difficulty V+
Length 2.5 Miles
Gauge West Fork Miller
Flow Range 180 - 280 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 38 minutes ago 12.264 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/01/2009 2:58 am

River Description

SEASON: Fall rains and spring snowmelt

FUN FACT: Extreme steep creeking

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 0.9 miles to Miller River Road (FR 6410). Drive to the West Fork bridge (mile 3.5 and elevation 1270'). Check road conditions with Mt. Baker - Snoqulamie National Forest; follow link to the forest road conditions report under the recreation link.

PUT-IN: An old jeep trail, officially closed to vehicles in fall 2000, parallels the river along river left. The gradient tapers off and you can find a good put-in after about two miles of hiking and scouting.


Some extremely steep boulder gardens and a couple of marginally runnable waterfalls. Tao Berman ran the upper one known as Borderline and Bryan Urakawa ran the lower one which is Immigration Falls. You can scout the run as you hike to the put-in. Log hazards have been significant in recent years.

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Rapid Descriptions

Immigration Falls

Class - 5.3 Mile - 0.07
Runnable but challenging slide/falls that you can scout on your way to the put-in. Its about 1/3 of the way down from the put-in. 5+


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Chris Tretwold
11 years ago

Hale Hanaway and I ran this last spring after a great day on the Little Wenatchee. Scout Immigrant falls so you do not miss the eddy above it. We scouted some rapids on the easy hike in but ended up scouting rapids once on the water anyway. Surprisingly alot of this creek is boat-scoutable due to lots of micro-eddies, but basically once the creek gets going it does not stop until the take-out bridge. In june of 2008 the creek was almost entirely wood free except one 10 ft falls that had a log in the landing zone. Very fun, fast, furious creek to paddle. Good run for a 1/2 day adrenaline rush!

Gage Descriptions

The virtual gauge for this run provides approximate flow based on the relative area of the basin and the Skykomish at Goldbar gauge downstream (the river is good between 8,000 and 12,000 on this gauge). The Goldbar gauge is also available through the NOAA hotline 206-526-8530.

Directions Description

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