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Difficulty V+
Length 3 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 08/05/2015 9:37 pm

River Description


From Highway 2 mile 55 turn off onto the Old Cascade Highway (FR 67). You'll cross Martin Creek at mile 1.2. This bridge is just above the confluence with the Tye River. To head up the river, continue on FR 67 to mile 2.4 and turn onto FR 6710 which takes you to the Iron Goat Trail parking area. It's about 3 miles up this road to a left fork in the road which heads down to a bridge across Martin Creek. See Lawson's description in Bennett for more information on logistics; he describes a run from below this upper bridge to a spot just downstream of the Iron Goat trailhead. There is some bigger stuff downstream. Check road conditions with Mt. Baker - Snoqulamie National Forest; follow link to the forest road conditions report under the recreation link.

DESCRIPTION: See Mike Lawson's description in Bennett for information on this steep creek in the Skykomish headwaters at 3000' elevation. This is not much of a run. It's really just a sequence of some extreme drops near the Tye confluence with some technical creek boating upstream. There is excellent footage of a couple drops in the Twitch 2000 video. Scout carefully if you plan on paddling this creek.

ISSUES: There is a pending hydro project on this creek (project map). If you have an interest in staying informed address a letter to FERC and ask that you be placed on the mailing list for the Martin Creek project 10942-001, for which Skykomish River Hydro, Inc. submitted an application on 8 March 1994. In their EIS released in August 2002 FERC recommends a license for this project.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Office of the Secretary
888 First St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20426

lat/long approximate by Tiger server and VERY approximate. Put-in location should not be considered accurate.

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Gage Descriptions

Visual. Look for flows of 200-300 cfs.

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AW Joins Groups in Conserving Key Lands in the Skykomish Valley (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

American Whitewater recently joined several organizations with an interest in stewardship and conservation of the Skykomish River Valley in requesting that Longview Timber refrain from road building or logging on key parcels in the Skykomish River valley.

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Saving the Clearwater

Richard Bowers

Short, steep, sketchy, and located in the upper headwaters of the Middle Fork Nooksack drainage, Clearwater Creek is a quintessential Northwest Creek run. Set right in the middle of no-where, and a haven only for wildlife, loggers, and sometimes anglers and tribal members, the Class V Clearwater was a great whitewater secret - the perfect run! Who would be interested in a low-volume stream that drops 360 feet in less than two miles, and that has enough water to paddle only six weeks per year?


Thomas O'Keefe


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