The winter season is upon us Washingtonians and since I haven't been up there year, been working a bunch and holiday plans, I had to go through old ski footage to get myself pumped. Here is a quick edit from from a 2012 powder run at Stevens Pass.
My brother and I were up filming and photographing a Stevens Pass ski cabin, for an upcoming listing, and decided to take the rest of the take to check out some sights. As a skier, I've traveled the Stevens Pass highway (SR 2) for 30+ years now and never stopped to check out other destinations. Always to focused on shredding the gnar. With the ski season being in the tank but the weather being sunny and clear, Bryan and I have been in for some treats. Here is Deception Falls, not to be confused with Deception Pass, that is a easy walk just off the highway. I also learned that flying a copter in National Forests and State Park is banned. Boo! Guess it puts a stop to epic videos, for now.
By Rene Fabre, Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts
Way up in the very Northeast corner of King County, nestled in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in the Cascade Mountains is the tiny town of Skykomish, Washington. It’s isolated from the rest of King County and the Seattle Metro area by impassable mountains and forest. You can only get there from here one way via State Highway 2 from Everett and Snohomish County on the west or from Wenatchee and Chelan County from the east through Steven’s Pass. Skykomish was incorporated in 1909. It’s rambunctious and colorful history was created out of the movement west and its abundant timber, gold and minerals, and the push to Seattle by the Great Northern Railroad. The Skykomish Hotel has been an icon of the Cascades for over 100 years. I remember coming through here as a kid on the train...
Just West of the little town of Index, Washington, on the Skykomish River, there is a scenic picnic spot that the kids and I found on one of our many camping adventures into the Cascade Mountains. My oldest daughter Julia gave it the name “Green and White Water Carved Rocks.” I think the name she gave it is a little poem in itself and it also fits nicely into a haiku. As you can see by the picture----no poem can do the place itself justice----but the poem can just be its own thing----just as the river is. Green and white water Carved rocks with red fish swimming In ice cold shadows Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
As one drives past the city of Skykomish heading east along Highway 2 towards Stevens Pass, you enter the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Just past the rangers station you would pass an inconspicuous road guarded by stone pillars on each side of the entrance. You have just passed Timberlane Village - a very lucky Skykomish community tucked away in the midst of the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. This neighborhood belongs to the community of Skykomish. It's a privately owned hideaway for people who like skiing at Steven Pass Ski area in the winter or enjoy a cabin along side the Tye River in the summer. Hiking trails abound in the area. There are several types of buildings in there ranging from log cabins to A frames. Timberlane Village a true country hideaway.
Nestled deep in the valley leading up to Stevens Pass, this King County city of Skykomish is a quiet gem waiting to be discovered. When the sun is shining, one can see why the oldtimers called it SKY. A former railroad stop that catered to the logging industry, the Skykomish mascot is a Rocky Mountain goat named Rocky. An aspiring tourist destination type town, Skykomish has a very scenic river front motel, a gas station, several restaurants and drinking establishments, a school and a post office. Skykomish gets it's beginnings from the logging and railroad industry. Vacation cabins benifit from the locals who provide the basis of permanence in the area. Sky is the last town just west of Stevens pass. Situated on the edge of the Mount Baker-Snoqualime National Forest, part of the U...