Miller, West Fork - Upstream of Miller Rd. Bridge


Miller, West Fork, Washington, US

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Upstream of Miller Rd. Bridge

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)
Length 2.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 312 fpm
Max Gradient 640 fpm

WF Miller, Immigration Falls


WF Miller, Immigration Falls
Photo of Hale Hanaway by Chris Tretwold taken 06/16/08 @ 8800 cfs Skykomish @

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
West Fork Miller
virtual-6263 180 - 280 cfs V+ 00h58m 302.4 cfs (too high)


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.

DESCRIPTION:

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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Last Updated: 2009-05-01 02:58:09

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Immigration Falls5.3Hazard Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Immigration Falls (Class 5.3, Mile 0.1)

WF Miller, Immigration Falls

WF Miller, Immigration Falls
Photo of Hale Hanaway by Chris Tretwold taken 06/16/08 @ 8800 cfs Skykomish @

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+


User Comments

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April 28 2009 (3100 days ago)
Chris TretwoldDetails
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!


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