The tiny community of Index is located at the base of the towering Index Town Wall, next to the North Fork of the Skykomish River. Mining and fishing is what brought early pioneers here. The sheer rock cliffs and the North Fork of the Skykomish River continue to draw people to this remote location — it’s the perfect town for climbers and kayakers. Just ask a climber, they have heard of Index.
Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center's River House, an A-frame lodge that used to be the town tavern. It’s right next to river, and an ideal place to rent a kayak or a raft to float down the North fork of the Skykomish. The Outdoor Adventure Center has wetsuits, helmets, and paddles for rent.
After rafting, stop at the lodge for hot scones. The interior of the place is filled with vintage camping gear, a roaring fire (you’ll want to warm up), and coolers fully stocked with Washington cider and beer. I drank a smooth cider from Tieton Cider Works, a brewery in Yakima.
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Two miles past Index on Highway 2 you will see the iconic hairy-guy: bigfoot. You can't miss it. This particular bigfoot looks familiar and that is because it is carved as the likeness of the beloved "Harry" from the 1987 film "Harry and the Hendersons". This little stop along Hwy 2 was a film location for the movie.