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On The Loop: Stevens Pass Greenway

Follow the Skykomish River as it winds through the western slopes of the Cascades and you ascend to 4,061-foot Stevens Pass, east of Sultan. The Stevens Pass Greenway, a National Scenic Byway on the Loop, is home to inspirational views, hikes and natural landscapes. In late spring and early summer, the Skykomish River is immensely popular for whitewater rafting. Fishermen line the banks and drift boats float the more tranquil waters that surround prized fishing holes. Hikers explore alpine lakes and soaring peaks. Autumn (particularly the first weeks of October) welcomes leaf-peepers eager for shades of gold and orange, while winter ushers in ski, snowboard and snowshoe season. Be prepared to encounter snow when traveling in the winter! Check mountain pass conditions at wsdot.com/traffic/passes.

The highway climbs toward the foothills and passes through the historic mining and logging towns of Sultan, Startup and Gold Bar, each rich in history, local charm and outdoor activities. 

Continue driving east and visit Index, nestled on the banks of the Skykomish River, just 1 mile off Highway 2. Home of Outdoor Adventure Center, family-owned rafting and kayaking outfitter, and jumping-off point for world-class guided white water rafting. Get your climbing gear ready and hit up the famous Index Town Wall, considered to be one of the nation’s premier rock climbing destinations. To see stunning views from your vehicle: when in Index simply look up toward Mount Index, neighboring Bridal Veil Falls, the Town Wall or the Skykomish River. Index has been called one of the most photogenic places on earth. 

The Stevens Pass Greenway provides eco-friendly drivers access to multiple electric vehicle charging stations. (See the pull-out map for charge station locations.)

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Numerous tribes lived in this region, including the Snohomish Tribe along the western edge and the Snoqualmie River near Monroe and along the Skykomish River. Per the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, the tribes were incorporated into the Tulalip Tribes as the federally recognized successors to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and other allied tribes and bands. Today, these tribes work hard to maintain their distinctive traditions and ways of life. Euro-Americans first explored the more easily accessible coastal areas, but with the introduction of fur trading, exploration turned inward. The Cascade mountains attracted traders of beaver pelts and other fur-bearing animals in the early 1800s. As more homesteaders arrived in the 1850s, a greater need for reliable transportation arose. In 1888, the Great Northern Railway Engineer John F. Stevens surveyed a more direct route from St. Paul, Minn., to Everett, crossing the Cascade mountain pass that later bore his name.

Your Stevens Pass Adventure
EV Charging Stations
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White Water
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Fish On!
Fish The Sky River!
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Sasquatch
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Climbing
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Waterfalls
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Side Trip: Osprey Park
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Rafting the Skykomish with Outdoor Adventure Center
Taste Leavenworth 2019
Leavenworth Ale Fest
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
American Masters Concert
Bird of the Week: Red Winged Blackbird
According to the Seattle Audubon Society, Red-winged Blackbirds are widespread and abundant breeders throughout Washington's lowlands. In winter they are often less widespread, but can be abundant along the Columbia River. Many birds in Washington are migratory, and others move to lowlands forming large winter flocks.Red-winged Blackbirds display marked sexual dimorphism. Males in breeding plumage are very familiar birds to many people. They are solid black, with red wing patches. Each patch has a light yellow stripe below, and can be displayed in varying amounts. Female Red winged Blackbirds are… Read More >>>>
North Cascades Photography: Skagit Valley Sunrise
Photographing sunrise requires a bit of luck. You have to decide where to be for the sunrise, and so you go, in the dark, hoping for nice light...Once you're there and the sunrise starts, its usually too late to change locations. Today was one of those exceptions!There are many wonderful vantage points along the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway from which to photograph the Skagit Valley. One of my favorites is Sauk Mountain. The Skagit River loops in broad curves to the west... But this is only a hike for the summer months, access… Read More >>>>
North Cascades Photography: Johnson/Debay Swan Reserve
Skagit Valley is the winter home for Trumpeter and Tundra Swans.  The Johnson'/Debay Swan Reserve, located along Francis Road in Clearlake, is a wonderful place to visit them.The Johnson/DeBay Swan Reserve (JDSR), near Mt. Vernon, Washington, is America’s only swan reserve. Owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Reserve was dedicated in 2001 for the public to view wintering Trumpeter and Tundra Swans.There is a parking area and a bench. In the summer it’s quite green!The winter months are not as colorful, but the migrating waterfowl bring the place alive!It’s a… Read More >>>>
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