Swim at Eagle Falls

Washington Eagle Falls

Added by Holly Singh

  • A lot of spots to explore
  • Swimming, swimming, swimming!
  • Beautiful waterfall
  • Cool rock formations
  • A nice hang out area to meet people and bring friends and family
  • Awesome art on the rocks

Eagle Falls is by far one of my favorite spots to go to in the Summer. It's accessible year round, but if you love to swim like me, the water is only warm enough in the middle of summer. Other than that, it's a beautiful sight to see year round!

It's located on the Skykomish River 2 miles east of Index. The drive down and back is beautiful as well, having a full view of Mt. Index. The coordinates are 47.79563 N -121.51414 W. Parking is a bit hazardous because it is on the side of Stevens Pass Highway, but it just takes caution.

The falls are on the right side of the highway - hop over the rail, head down a little path, and it will open up to big slabs of rocks. Depending on the year, the place is PACKED with people, however I think it's worth it because most the time people are in good spirits.

To the right of the river there is open water that leads to a rocky bank, and to the left are more amazing rock formations and eventually the falls. There are lots of places to park your gear and make a little nook with your group, and you're able to BBQ and what not, just make sure to pack out your garbage! Due to the high volume of people in summer season, a lot of trash can be left, but so far it hasn't been that bad.

There's a lot to do at Eagle Falls which makes it so much fun! You can just hang out and relax on the rocks, or you can boulder around, bring a kayak and paddle down the waterfall (if you're skilled enough) or float the river on a tube. There's a rope swing, as well as more than enough ledges to jump off of and a lot of places to swim - even a small little rapid you can shoot through! The scenery alone is worth the visit because the hollowed out rocks are just amazing.

Climbing over the rocks to get to the falls is worth it, as well, although some spots are hard to get over and back so think ahead if you have small children!

Pack List

  • Bring family and friends!
  • Food
  • Water
  • Swim gear
  • Rock climbing gear
  • Camera!
  • Floaties
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Chillin, Hiking, Swimming

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Summer, Autumn



Adult Beverages
Cliff Jumping
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about 1 year ago

Great road stop.

This stop is Mile Post Marker 39. I stopped here with some friends and it is a fun place to jump in, and even has a rope swing up a little further.

about 1 year ago

Added by Holly Singh

There's a handful of things that pretty much sum me up: I'm 21, a mother to my crazy little 5-year-old boy, Enzo; and a student at the University of Washington, and I live for the outdoors. I grew up camping and studying botany and ecology (on a lower level of course) and I'm intrigued by everything nature! I may not have loads of cash to travel near and wide with pristine camping/camera equipment, nor do I have the time, but I try my best to get back to my roots and make more memories with my son and the people I meet on the way. Here's to many, many more adventures and cheers to nature and it's bonding magic!

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