Great Seattle Day Trips: Whitewater Rafting

Everyone needs to run away to the mountains once in a while.

There are a lot of wonderful things about living in the city—great concerts, easy access to grocery shopping, wifi—but every now and then all of us find ourselves itching to take a break. In Washington, and especially in Seattle, it’s easy to find a patch of wilderness to run to for however long your employment and family can spare you. But what to do with your day of freedom?

Escape the hectic city living and see what the PNW’s wild side has to offer through a river rafting trip.

Escape the hectic city living and see what the PNW’s wild side has to offer through a river rafting trip.

If you’re looking for a quick getaway less than two hours from Seattle, there’s an easy and exciting answer: whitewater river rafting! Not only will you visit the wilderness on your rafting trip, you will be a part of it—riding every rapid, feeling the strength of the river against your paddle, and reveling in the sharp sting of glacial meltwater against your face as you soar through a standing wave. If you want your wilderness with a shot of adrenaline, try the wild and scenic river rafting just outside the steel forests of Seattle.

There are many great options for rafting near Seattle with Triad River Tours. If you’re looking for a gentler introduction to the world of whitewater rafting, try the Skagit River. The Skagit dips in rolling wave-trains between old-growth cedars and towering firs at the edge of North Cascades National Park. Eagles often linger between the branches above your raft here, waiting for the quicksilver glimmer of a fish through the icy water. If you’re hoping for a bit more of a challenge the Sauk River, only seventy-five miles from Seattle, is ready to give you the ride of your life. The Sauk is an absolutely beautiful stretch of whitewater, with a surprisingly changeable personality as it flows from spring high water rafting to the technical routefinding of late August. There is no doubt that the Sauk is truly a wilderness river; black bears occasionally wander through the parking lot for the put-in. If you’re hoping for a day trip full of continuous whitewater and a rafting story that includes rapid names like “jaws” and “demon seed,” come join us on the Sauk.

Another great option from Triad River Tours’ guided rafting trips is the Skykomish River. With a dozen class 3 to class 5 rapids over seven miles, the Skykomish is a thrill-packed descent through some of Washington’s best whitewater. Whitewater rafting on the Skykomish requires physical fitness, intense focus and an appetite for adventure; this is not a river for the faint of heart. If the class 4 wildness of “Boulder Drop” is calling your name and you’re ready to meet a true class 4-5 river, call us up for a Skykomish trip.

If you’ve gotten that wilderness itch and need a great day away from the city, the whitewater river s of Washington can give you the perfect day trip.

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