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.
Submit a comment if you have a good photo, wish to contribute a run
description, or would like to take over as Streamkeeper.
lat/long approximate by Tiger server
for additional information see:
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!
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 8,000 and
12,000 on this gauge). The Goldbar
gauge is also available through the
NOAA hotline 206-526-8530.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
WF Miller, Immigration Falls
West Fork Miller
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