North Fork Skykomish River: Trout Creek to South Fork


Whitewater Packraft - North Fork Skykomish River: Trout Creek to South Fork

An active class II+ section of the wild Skykomish River that drains the Wild Sky Wilderness Area. There may be the option to continue downriver to run a short class III section at the bottom of the run.

  • Class II+ River, Class III River
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi

Details to follow once registration closes. 

The season to run the Skykomish is short and highly unpredictable. This river has a large drainage and is known to change flow dramatically overnight.  Beckler River will be plan B if flow dictates. 

By putting in below the final class IV rapid on the North Fork and taking out above the class III section, this run is suitable for class II+ paddlers.  For those who want to add a 1/2 mile of class III we will leave an exit vehicle at Power Line take out.  For those who want to run one additional class III+ drop, Llama Ledges, we will leave another vehicle at the South Fork confluence take out. 


North Fork Skykomish River: Trout Creek to South Fork

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Minimum Equipment for each participant 

  • Packraft with grab lines on bow and stern 
  • Packraft-sized paddle
  • Life jacket, PFD Class III or better 
  • Whitewater helmet 
  • Immersion wear appropriate for the environment
  • Spare clothing 
  • Boat repair kit 
  • Whistle 

Minimum Equipment for the party 

  • Rescue rope and throw bag, one or more
  • Spare paddle, one or more
  • First Aid kit
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