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at our Visitor's Center
located at:
320 Main Street
Sultan, WA 98294


Mailing Address:
PO Box 46 Sultan, WA 98294
10-4 Mon-Fri
Phone: 360-793-0983
Fax: 360-793-3241

Chamber Membership:

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is not a tax supported organization. We spend everything we generate on keeping the Visitor Center open and to support our business community. Our amazing group of volunteers make this possible! Please help us work to build a stronger business community and to become a liaison representing the Sky ValleyThanks to everyone who has renewed! We appreciate your support! We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone else to join the Sky Valley Chamber and Visitor Center. We pledge to promote your business and the entire Sky Valley to the best of our abilities!

About The Sky Valley

In 1889, John Frank Stevens, who was later handpicked by Theodore Roosevelt to build the Panama Canal, set out to find a path across the daunting Cascade mountain range. The route he forged became what we know today as Stevens Pass.

The railroad quickly followed and the first train made the journey in 1893. The original route was much different than the one we are familiar with today. An engineering masterpeice, the track was a collection of switchbacks. Trains climbed 4,060 feet before entering the Old Cascade Tunnel, which was 2.6 miles long.


Sultan originally was platted as a logging community, named after local Indian chief, T’seul-ted. He became known as Sultan John. Sultans roots consist of logging, mining and farming. Today, Sultan is known for its excellent salmon and steelhead fishing, hiking, camping, river rafting and the Annual Sultan Summer Shindig. Spada Lake Reservoir is located near town. Sultan celebrated it’s Centennial in 2005 with a huge birthday party and the opening of the Visitor Information Center.

A Sultan Secret: 

  • Osprey Park. In fall of odd numbered years, nearly 20,000 pink salmon fight their way up the Sultan River to spawn. This park offers front row seats to this amazing struggle, which occurs every two years. Leash your dogs or be ready to have one stinky ride home. Osprey Park is located in Sultan at 1st and High Street. You can enjoy a beautiful walk on the trails within the park or continue onto Susie’s Trail. The trail connects Osprey Park and River Park along the Sultan River.
  • Dog’s on First dog park is open for your furry friends with a special area for shy or older dogs.

Stroll through town and enjoy fresh pastries, gift shops and more.


In 1890 William Wait laid out a townsite which he called Wallace, but this caused confusion with mail being sent in error to Wallace, Idaho. So in 1901 the name was changed to Startup to honor George G. Startup, manager of the Wallace Lumber Company. The Startup gym was built in 1937 by community volunteers with lumber donated by Mr. Startup and the Wallace Lumber Company. It is now the Startup Event Center and still serving the community.

A Startup Secret:

  • The Startup post office was established in 1900.

Gold Bar

The town incorporated in 1910, and constructed a water system and other business improvements. The train depot was also built at this time. Situated along the banks of the Skykomish River, Gold Bar today is a small community best known for the services it provides along U.S. Highway 2, as well as for Wallace Falls State Park, 2 miles to the northwest. The 1990’s saw phenomenal growth around the city, as people moved outwards in search of a more rural lifestyle. The town lies in the Skykomish River Valley, and is rich in recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking and camping.

Gold Bar Secrets:

  • Gold Dust Days Heritage Festival: Pan for gold, shop local crafts and enjoy live music and great food every last full weekend in July.
  • Reiter Pit is a popular off-roading destination for dirt bike, ATV and Jeep enthusiasts.
  • Journey on the a section of the original Highway 2 that connects Gold Bar to Index. Stop by the visitor center for a map.


The town was settled in the late 1800’s by homesteaders. It takes its name from nearby Mount Index. Climbers come from all over to test their skills on the 500′ gigantic granite face known as the Town Wall. It is straight up cliff because it was quarried. Many of the old buildings in Pioneer Square in Seattle and the Capitol Building in Olympia were built with Index granite. The town of Index is often used as a base camp for outdoor adventurers heading into the Cascade Mountains and the Wild Sky Wilderness Area.

Index Secrets

  • Watch the kayakers and rafters at Boulder Drop (Class 5 Rapids!): Milepost 34 on Highway 2 – look for a turnout and take the path to the river. (Watch your step)
  • Hole in the Wall: a 12-foot diameter drilled hole in the bottom of the cliff just west of town used by the UW physics department for gravitiy experiments.
  • Drive by the possibly haunted Bush House Inn which is being beautifully restored.
  • The two room schoolhouse educates approximately 25 students from pre-school through 7th grade.
  • Rain: Index receives nine feet of rain each year!


A genuine country store, this local treasure is the post office, restaurant, newsstand, ice cream parlor, and grocery store all rolled into one.

Baring Secrets:

  • The Bridge: From the store you can quickly reach one of the last one-lane wooden suspension bridges in Washington.
  • Barclay Creek Trail: Located right across from the store, this trail meanders along the course of Barclay Creek until it reaches Barclay Lake. This easy hike offers little elevation gain and wonderful views of the north face of Baring Mountain. A Forest Service trailhead pass is required.


Skykomish is located in the heart of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forrest in the Alpine Lakes Region. The town Skykomish, is an old railroad town and has an amazing train station museum with a garden scale train you can ride. You can explore old buildings, restaurants and hotels that are included in the historical registry.

Skykomish Secrets:

  • Alpine Falls: Park at any turnoff on U.S. 2, about seven miles east of town. Walk south on a number of paths. The falls, which drop nearly 50 feet, are particularly impressive during spring runoff.
  • Deception Falls: Turn into the picnic area from U.S. 2, about 7.8 miles east of town. Follow the self-guided nature loop, or enjoy the 1/10th mile trail to the falls. Even though it’s practically under highway 2 it feels like you’ve entered a secret little Hobbit forest. A great nature experience for those who have limited time or lack the physical abilities to do more difficult hikes.
  • Skykomish Environmental Institute: If you’d like to help with their important work contact them at

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass Ski Area, a longtime favorite of Northwest skiers, is located 16 miles east of town. The ski area, known for its terrain, snow conditions and facilities, now also boasts some of the finest snow boarding, downhill, and cross-country skiing in the Northwest.

Stevens Pass Ski area is home to the first downhill mountain biking area served by lifts in Washington State.    

The 105-mile Stevens Pass scenic byway winds through the rugged, forested Cascade Mountains and runs beside the wild and scenic Skykomish and Wenatchee rivers along most of its length. Year-round recreation opportunities include white-water rafting, hiking, skiing and auto touring. Travelers are advised to carry tire chains and monitor weather conditions during snow season.