The Green River is one of the most magnificent gorges in Washington State, and it has become one of the state’s most popular raft trips as well, due to its proximity to Seattle. The scenery feels like a rainforest, with stands of first growth evergreen, moss and fern-covered grottos, and many tiny waterfalls cascading out of the walls of the canyon. This narrow, twisting canyon is often referred to as the “hanging gardens” and may soon be protected under the state’s Wild and Scenic River designation.
The river plunges 800 ft. to 200 ft. above sea level before emerging into a broad valley and flowing into Elliott Bay in Seattle. The rapids are winding and boulder choked. With 27 Class IIIs and four Class IV, a Green River rafting trip packs in back-to-back exhilaration and beautiful scenery.
The geological history is another fascinating element of the gorge. There is two miles of Eocene rocks and fossils exposed on the canyon walls. Rafters might be interested in spending a little more time exploring the take out as well. Most trips leave the river at Flaming Geyser State Park, which was named after the flame that burns on top of an abandoned gas well.