Snoqualmie, Middle Fork, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|MIDDLE FORK SNOQUALMIE RIVER NEAR TANNER, WA|
|usgs-12141300||450 - 500 cfs||V||00h34m||1210 cfs (too high)|
ACCESS: To get to the river take exit 33 off I-90 and head north towards the truck stop. The Middle Fork Road (FR 56) turns off to the right within a half mile or so. Start your trip odometer and watch for milepost signs. At mile 12 you will cross the Taylor River and within 100 yards the Middle Fork Road turns off to the right and heads up a short hill (it's easy to miss this turnoff as the spur road, which looks like the main road and continues straight, comes to a gated dead end). From this point on the road is in very poor condition. A high clearance vehicle is strongly recommended. It's a little over 10 miles up this road towards Goldmyer Hotsprings, but with the poor road conditions expect it to take more than an hour to reach the end of the road. There is currently a proposal to close this road to vehicles so get this one while you can.
DESCRIPTION: See Shawn Wickstrom's run description in Bennett, Frederick Reimers' story of the first descent in Nov/Dec 2001 issue of Paddler Magazine, and some excellenet video footage in Twitch 2000.
This extreme creek run drops over some big ledges and waterfalls. The run eventually tapers off to boulder gardens.