Sultan River Canyon Trail — Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
As part Snohomish PUD's Jackson Hydroelectric Project new license and recreation enhancements, a new trail, the Sultan River Canyon Trail, was constructed (completed late November or early December) for hiking and to provide kayakers with better access to the advanced river runs. The trail was designed by the Forest Service and is well made. Park at the Gateway site near Culmback Dam and walk back to the start of road 6122. Walk the gated, road one mile to the signed Sultan River Canyon Trail (on the right). From there, it switchbacks DOWN for 2 miles to the Sultan River on a trail of gravel and rock. The trail travels through forest with waterfalls cascading down the canyon walls; on this day they were frozen. The rocks to ford the streams were icy; I only fell once....For hikers wishing to see cool rapids, the trail reaches the Sultan River at a low river gradient section in between two canyons of rapids so you'll have to find your own way up/down stream. Then it's back UP at about a 10% grade on the many switchbacks. The road to Spada Lake after the second crossing of Olney Creek was icy and the South Shore Road is gated and closed to motor vehicles for the season.