SEASON: Fall rains and spring snowmelt
FUN FACT: One big boulder garden rapid.
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 100 yds. then turn right
onto Money Creek Road (FR 6420). Follow this to mile 0.6 and the takeout
bridge across the creek (elevation 980'). Check road conditions with Mt. Baker - Snoqulamie National
Forest; follow link to the forest road conditions report under the
PUT-IN: From the takeout continue up to any place with good access
near mile FR 6420 mile 3.7 (elevation 1700').
Most of the run is a big long boulder garden that can be scouted from
the road to the put-in. The middle part of the run requires some precise moves through tight chutes. Beware of log and culvert (that have washed into the river) hazards. Near the end of the run the gradient tapers off a bit as the river settles on to the Skykomish valley floor. This section contains excellent continuous class IV water for nearly a mile that is easy to boat scout.
lat/long approximate by Tiger server
for additional information see:
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 12,000 and
15,000 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.
Money Creek rapids
Money, bridge gauge
Dave Wilson on Money Creek
Andy Bridge in C1
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