The last stop in Snohomish County on your way east on the Stevens Pass Greenway is the tiny town of Index. Nestled deep in the heart of the Cascade Mountains with the Skykomish River on one side and Mt. Index on the other, Index is surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks that rise over 5,000 feet from the valley floor. This picturesque community got its peculiar name from two homesteaders in the area in the late 1800s who thought one mountain peak in particular looked like an index finger; and so the town began referring to itself as Index.
Index is a great base camp for any Cascade mountain adventure, including white water rafting, rock climbing, steelhead fishing, and hiking. Hiking enthusiasts will want to experience the renowned Pacific Crest Trail at Stevens Pass where excellent downhill skiing can be also be enjoyed.